September 02, 2007

Eagles sign veteran DT von Oelhoffen

So much for Ian Scott. The Eagles replaced the hobbled veteran defensive tackle with Kimo von Oelhoffen, who the Jets released one day earlier. Because he’s a 12-year veteran, von Oelhoffen wasn’t subject to the waiver system and immediately became an unrestricted free agent when the Jets cut him, two days after von Oelhoffen played in a preseason game against the Eagles at the Linc.

Von Oelhoffen began his career with the Bengals in 1994, so he was on the field at Riverfront Stadium on Christmas Eve 1994 for Rich Kotite’s final game as the Eagles’ head coach. He spent 1994-99 with the Bengals, 2000-05 with the Steelers and last season with the Jets. He had eight sacks in 2003 and was on the 2005 Steeler team that won the Super Bowl.

“I’m going to tell you the truth – I can still play the game,” von Oelhoffen said this afternoon in a conference call with writers while sitting on the side of the highway outside the King of Prussia Mall. “I do some things pretty good, some things not as good, but I can do some things very well. I’m going to play the game until they tell me I’m not good enough anymore.”

Scott survived the initial round of cuts yesterday, but it was clear he wasn’t going to be an Eagle very long. Scott has practiced only sporadically since the start of training camp because of a sore knee, and he never got onto the field for a preseason game. The Eagles placed Scott on the minor Injured Reserve list, which means he’s allowed to sign with another team when he’s healthy.

Von Oelhoffen graduated from Boise State - the same alma mater as Quintin Mikell - after briefly attending the University of Hawaii and Walla Walla (Wash.) Junior College. He’s played in 190 NFL games, starting 146, and he’s missed only game since 1998. He has 26 1/2 career sacks.

Waiver claims will be announced at 4 p.m., so there is a chance - a pretty good chance - the Eagles will have additional roster activity later today.


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