Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Kelee Ringo is being cross-trained at safety and if neither Sydney Brown nor Justin Evans can play on Sunday, Ringo could end up being the emergency safety.
The Eagles selected Ringo in the fourth round of this past NFL draft out of the University of Georgia. Ringo said that he played some safety at college, but only during practice.
“Corner, you have to be a lot more technically sound play in and play out every single moment,” Ringo said.
“So, I would definitely say corner’s a little bit harder. At safety, you’re basically the quarterback of the defense aside from the linebacker, so you have to be able to know what everybody else does and also your cues, and you have to play the run and the pass.”
The Eagles used safety Sydney Brown for a dozen plays in the slot against the Buccaneers on Monday night. Brown suffered a hamstring injury in the game and didn’t practice for a second straight day.
Starting safety Justin Evans suffered a neck injury early in the win over the Buccaneers and he has not practiced the last two days either.
The Eagles have Reed Blankenship and Terrell Edmunds as the only healthy safety’s available right now. They could elevate Tristin McCollum from the practice squad.
Eagles rookie CB Kelee Ringo. Photo courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images