If the Philadelphia Eagles needed a reminder about job security, they got one when they returned to practice.
The abrupt release of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin put the entire team on notice. The Eagles (3-8) have lost seven straight games and players shouldn't feel safe about their position, no matter what.
''I guess in a way you kind of expect something to happen,'' veteran Mike Patterson said Wednesday. ''You just feel like the team is trying to make the best choice for us to win games. That's the only thing as a player you look at it.''
Babin was cut a day after a 30-22 loss to Carolina on Monday night. He had 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games and his playing time had been reduced in recent weeks. Babin signed a $28 million, five-year contract last offseason after a breakout year in Tennessee in 2010. He had 18 sacks for the Eagles last season, but slumped along with the rest of the defense this year. He was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9).