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Eagles release veteran K Henery, get down to 53

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Updated: 8/30/2014 1:10 pm

Philadelphia, PA ( - Veteran kicker Alex Henery was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, along with 18 other roster hopefuls, as the team reduced its roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.

Henery, Philadelphia's kicker for the past three seasons, lost out to rookie Cody Parkey, who was acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts last week and subsequently booted two field goals of 50-plus yards in the Eagles' preseason finale against the New York Jets on Thursday night.

A fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2011, Henery was one of college football's all-time great kickers and generally successful during his time in Philadelphia, finishing his Eagles career by making 74- of-86 field goals. A lack of leg strength and recent inconsistency problems opened the door for Parkey, however.

Philadelphia also cut ties linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Josh Kaddu, offensive lineman Josh Andrews and Kevin Graf, cornerbacks Roc Carmichael and Curtis Marsh, wide receiver Damaris Johnson, safeties Ed Reynolds and Keelan Johnson, running backs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey, defensive tackles Damion Square and Wade Keliikipi, quarterback G.J. Kinne and wide receivers Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy and Quron Pratt.

Reynolds was the team's fifth-round pick out of Stanford in May.

In other moves, RB/returner Kenjon Barner was waived/injured and veteran receiver Arrelious Benn (lower back) as well as LB Travis Long (torn ACL) were placed on injured reserve.

The Eagles will open their regular season on Sept. 7, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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