Fluellen Traded for Rookie Kicker

Fluellen Traded for Rookie Kicker

Alex Henery isn't out of the woods just yet; a Wednesday trade puts heat back on the fourth-year kicker.

With Kenjon Barner in town following a Tuesday night trade with the Panthers, the Eagles had incentive to let one of their young running backs go.

David Fluellen was the back in question, and his exit is more interesting than one would've expected.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles dealt Fluellen, who carried six times in the preseason opener, to the Colts for rookie kicker Cody Parkey.

Parkey was a three-year kicker at Auburn University, where he gained infamy for missing a 33-yard kick in the BCS National Title Game against Florida State this past January. Not in any position to challenge ageless Adam Vinatieri in Indianapolis, the Eagles acquired him as a second challenger to inconsistent Alex Henery.

Henery badly shanked a 47-yard field goal try on Friday night, once again calling his reliability into question. Vanderbilt's Carey Spear (better known as "Murderleg") was brought in after the 2014 Draft to challenge Henery, but Spear has seen no game action. It's all but likely that Spear doesn't make it into the 75-man roster, and those odds increase with the trade for Parkey.

It's currently unclear how much, if any, playing time Parkey will see in Thursday's preseason match-up with the Steelers.

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