Nov 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles helmets on the players bench in a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The most bizarre NFL story in recent memory began with a simple news blurb Thursday: The Eagles waived Bernard Williams from reserve-suspended list.

The mention of Williams caused a stir among fans. Surely that couldn’t be the offensive lineman Bernard Williams who was suspended indefinitely in 1995 for several failed drug (weed) tests and never reinstated?

But it is the same one, according to multiple reports.

Williams, a member of the NFL’s All-Rookie team in 1994, became the first and only NFL player to start every game as a rookie then never play again. He never applied for reinstatement to the NFL. The former Georgia All-American went on to play in the Canadian Football League, the XFL and the AFL before retiring to become an entrepreneur.

And all that time, Williams was hanging out on the Eagles’ reserve-suspended list. It’s not a good look for the reserve-suspended list. That list sounds very official, but given Williams’ almost 30-year presence, it now sounds more like the dusty corner in an old garage, full of old golf clubs and other forgotten stuff.

The Eagles will surely explain the details of this bizarre personnel move at some point, but for now, X/Twitter is in disbelief.

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