Eagles veteran offensive lineman Allen Barbre is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Giants with a hamstring injury, but the Eagles expect him to play.
As Lane Johnson returns from his 10-game suspension, that means the Eagles will have their normal offensive line back together for the first time since Week 5 in Detroit.
From right to left: Jason Peters, Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Johnson.
“Well, it’s definitely a blessing this late in the season to have all five guys back to their original spots,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “It’s something that we definitely ... when we lost Lane back after the fourth game, you kind of marked this date on the calendar, hoping to be in a little better situation at the time. But it is what it is. We’re here now, but we’re fortunate to have all five guys back.”
Barbre had been playing right tackle for the last four games after Halapoulivaati Vaitai suffered an MCL sprain. Barbre’s return to left guard means veteran Stefen Wisniewski will be back on the bench as a backup. Thanks to injuries, Wisniewski has played 56 percent of offensive snaps this season.
In addition to Barbre, Jordan Matthews (ankle), Isaac Seumalo (high ankle) and Vaitai (knee) are also listed as questionable.
Darren Sproles, who missed the last game with a concussion, will play on Thursday and will resume his normal workload in the backfield and as a punt returner.
With a short week, Johnson got just one normal practice under his belt before he’ll be tossed back into the lineup after a 10-week suspension. Pederson said he thinks Johnson’s stamina will be there and he’ll be able to play through some expected early fatigue.
“[Lane’s] looked good. He’s got a lot of energy, obviously,” Pederson said. “We always kid the guys that miss time with fresh legs. He’s energetic, he’s eager and he’s ready to go. He’s mentally into it and he’s excited.”