Antonio Dixon returns to Eagles


Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon didn’t make the Eagles at the start of the season, but he’ll be closing out the year with the team.

The Eagles announced Wednesday that they have signed Dixon to take the roster spot of quarterback Nick Foles, who was officially placed on injured reserve with the broken hand he suffered in last weekend’s loss to the Redskins.

Dixon was cut by the Eagles in the last round of roster cuts in August and wound up with the Colts for a couple of games as they shuffled through bodies on the defensive line. Dixon had a strong 2010 with the Eagles, starting 10 games and providing solid play on the interior of the line, but he tore his triceps four games into 2011 and lost his spot in the rotation.

With rookie Fletcher Cox recovering from a concussion, Dixon could find himself on the field against the Giants this Sunday. He signed a two-year deal with the team, so he should have a shot at regaining a more lasting spot on the roster whenever the dust settles on the changes to the coaching staff and roster that the team is expected to make shortly after the year comes to an end.