Less than 36 hours after getting the news that he would become a Minnesota Viking, former University of Kentucky running back Derrick Locke says he failed his physical with the NFL team — and that Philadelphia will be his NFL destination.
Locke, who suffered several high-profile injuries the past two seasons, announced the Vikings' decision on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. He did not specify which part of the physical he failed.
"FYI — the Vikings failed me on my physical," he wrote. "It's all the info I can give right now and I will update you as I hear something."
On Wednesday night, Locke posted, "Eagles it is!"
There was no immediate confirmation from the Eagles that a deal had been struck.
Locke could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The Vikings announced a list of 14 rookie free agents the team had signed Wednesday, and Locke was not among them.
Last season, Locke missed games with a shoulder injury that UK coaches referred to as a "stinger."
He was expected to miss a game or two after the injury versus Auburn, but the condition (which was never fully explained to the media) was slow to heal and he ended up missing four games.
After Locke returned, he tried to explain the injury to reporters. He said two weeks after the initial injury that he still couldn't move his arm.
"I could only move my arm about 45 degrees," the 5-foot-9, 190-pound back said. "My nerves just basically kind of shut down, and I really couldn't function with it. Now I'm getting my strength back, and I can move it and hit with it."
His sophomore year, Locke was initially told that he had a career-ending knee injury after tearing two ligaments in his left knee during UK's win over Arkansas on Oct. 18.
But after surgery and rehabilitation, he was able to return for his junior season.
Jarmon traded to Denver
Former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon was traded to the Denver Broncos on Wednesday by the Washington Redskins for wide receiver Jabar Gaffney.
When the Redskins switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme last season, Jarmon no longer seemed a fit in Washington. He played in 16 games over two seasons and had 11 tackles. In Denver, he joins ex-Cat Wesley Woodyard.