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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Eagles sign Kimo von Oelhoffen

By Bob Brookover
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kimo van Oelhoffen
Kimo van Oelhoffen
The Eagles signed veteran defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen yesterday one day after he was cut by the New York Jets.

To make room on the 53-man roster for Von Oelhoffen, the Eagles placed defensive tackle Ian Scott on their “minor” injured reserved list, which effectively terminated his career in Philadelphia before it ever started.

By placing Scott on the seldom-used form of injured reserved, he will be eligible to sign with another NFL team after he becomes healthy and is released by the Eagles. The Buffalo Bills did the same thing with Troy Vincent last season and the former Eagles’ cornerback eventually was released and signed with Washington.

Scott, who barely practiced in training camp because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, did not play in any of the Eagles’ four preseason games.

Von Oelhoffen, 36, was released by the Jets Saturday just one year after signing a three-year $9.2 million deal as a free agent. Previously, he had spent 12 seasons divided evenly with the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The native Hawaiian who played his college football at Boise State was a starter for the Steelers’ 2005-06 Super Bowl champion team. Von Oelhoffen, 6-foot-4 and 299 pounds, has played both defensive end and defensive tackle, but will exclusively play tackle for the Eagles. He’ll be a reserve behind starters Mike Patterson and Brodrick Bunkley.

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