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Notebook: Eagles begin shakeup, waive Jason Babin

The Eagles released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin in the first major roster move for a team that’s lost seven straight games.

Babin had just 5.5 sacks after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl with Tennessee following the 2010 season. The move came Tuesday, a day after a 30-22 home loss to Carolina dropped the Eagles to 3-8 and last in the NFC East.

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‘‘We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years,’’ caoch Andy Reid said. ‘‘We wish him all the best as he continues his career. This gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of younger guys in the defensive line rotation.’’

His release should provide more playing time for second-round pick Vinny Curry — who made his debut against Carolina after being inactive the first 10 games.

Claiming Babin off waivers would put a team on the hook for the remainder of the $5.575 million he’s owed this year (approximately $1.65 million), plus $4.225 in 2013 and $6 million in 2014 and ’15.

The Eagles also announced they will place wide receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve after he sustained multiple rib fractures in Monday night’s game.

Steelers QB a long shot

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said there’s ‘‘a chance’’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could play Sunday in Baltimore. ‘‘We’ll leave the door open,’’ Tomlin said. Roethlisberger hasn’t played since getting slammed to the turf in a victory over Kansas City on Nov. 12, suffering a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib. The Steelers have lost consecutive games for the first time in three years while managing two offensive touchdowns in 10 quarters of work.

Though Roethlisberger appears to be a long shot at best, there’s a chance a few familiar faces could be in uniform against the Ravens (9-2), who could wrap up the AFC North title with a win over the Steelers and a Bengals loss. Safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Antonio Brown could both play Sunday.

Wright loses appeal

Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright will miss the team’s next four games after his appeal of a ban for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs by using the prescription drug Adderall was denied. Wright said in a statement that the suspension was the result of taking Adderall in July for ‘‘health issues.’’ Adderall is a stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder . . . The 49ers and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman reached agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $45.25 million through the 2018 season. The deal includes $25.5 million in guaranteed money, a person with knowledge of the details said. The 49ers also announced running back Kendall Hunter (ankle) and wide receiver Kyle Williams (knee) had been placed on season-ending injured reserve . . . Saints defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma plan to be present Friday when their lawyers are scheduled to cross- examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington.

WR Jennings to return

Packers two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings, who has missed seven games because of an abdominal tear, will play Sunday against the Vikings . . . Lions receiver Titus Young remains in exile after being deactivated for last week’s game against Houston. Young wasn’t at practice Tuesday and his status remains in doubt. He was benched for the Lions’ loss to Houston on Thanksgiving for what coach Jim Schwartz described as ‘‘unacceptable’’ behavior during the previous weekend’s loss to Green Bay . . . The Saints placed rookie right tackle Bryce Harris on injured reserve, ending his season . . . The Bears signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a shorthanded unit . . . The Panthers placed starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards on injured reserve with a dislocated left elbow and running back Jonathan Stewart could miss some time with a high ankle sprain . . . The Chargers placed strong safety Atari Bigby on season-ending injured reserve because of a groin injury . . . The Buccaneers placed safety Cody Grimm (hamstring) and former Boston College tackle Jeremy Trueblood (shoulder ) on injured reserve . . . The family of former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee, 77, said the NFL defensive great has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live.

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