Eagles Injury Update: Offensive line finally back to normal

Eagles Injury Update: Offensive line finally back to normal

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.”

As Bradham re-signs, he lauds former teammate

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As Bradham re-signs, he lauds former teammate

After getting the opportunity to stay with the Super Bowl champions, Nigel Bradham spoke at length and quite passionately about someone who didn’t get the same opportunity.
Brent Celek.
Bradham, the veteran linebacker, spent the last two years with Celek, who the Eagles released earlier this week after 11 seasons.
“That’s obviously devastating, man,” Bradham said. “Taking about a guy who was here his whole career and the way he came every day and his character every day.
“He really … me and a lot of guys on our team what it takes to win a Super Bowl, and he let us know it doesn’t come easy, it takes work, and he came in and worked every day. Like no other.”
Celek was due to earn $5 million in 2018 but is counting only $1 million in dead money against the 2018 cap, so the Eagles gained $4 million under the cap by releasing him.
That cap space certainly helped them find room to re-sign Bradham, who enjoyed a career-best season in 2017 for the Super Bowl champs.
But Bradham was effusive in his praise for the veteran tight end, who has played the fourth-most games in Eagles history.
“You would never know he was (11) years in because of the way he worked,” Bradham said. “So when you lose a guy like that it obviously takes a toll on your team.
“You hate to lose guys like that that meant so much and impacted this team so much. His leadership was on another level. He went over and beyond the things he could have done as a leader. Obviously, wish he could be here still.”

Should the Eagles take a RB at 32?

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Should the Eagles take a RB at 32?

The Eagles on Friday reportedly hosted a formal visit with LSU running back Derrius Guice.

If the Eagles have real interest in Guice, they know he won’t be there beyond pick 32. He might not even be there at pick 32. So would the Eagles seriously consider taking a running back with their first-round pick?

The Eagles’ running back situation is murky going forward. LeGarrette Blount has found a new home. Jay Ajayi will have an enormous role in this offense, but is only signed through 2018. Corey Clement will likely take on a bigger role after he proved himself as a pass catcher and, more importantly, a pass protector. Kenjon Barner’s value is strictly as a returner, a need the Eagles may look to address elsewhere. Then there’s former mid-round picks Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey who I mention in this space simply because they have roster spots as of today. And don’t forget about Darren Sproles, who’s still lingering in free agency.

The free agent market is less than inspiring. Adrian Peterson is out there but he’s not going to play for free. Do you want to bring back former Eagle DeMarco Murray or (almost former Eagle) Frank Gore? Didn’t think so. You could take a chance on an Eddie Lacy or a Matt Jones, guys who showed promise but lost their way. But, again … meh.

Last year’s running back draft class was crazy deep and talented. So much so that the Eagles were able to pick up Clement off the street after he didn’t get selected. This year’s class isn’t far behind it.

There’s an obvious RB1: Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. No, Eagles fans. It’s not happening. You’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, focus on the guys the Eagles have an actual shot at getting. Guice, for one, would be an excellent addition as a lead back. There’s also USC’s Ronald Jones, a Jamaal Charles clone that would fit like a glove in this offense. Then there’s Georgia’s dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Chubb is more of a bell cow while Michel is more dynamic.

The history of the Eagles drafting running backs high is not illustrious. Since they made one of the worst decisions in franchise history by selecting Michael Haddix No. 8 overall in the loaded 1983 draft, it’s been a somewhat mixed bag. They took Keith Byars No. 10 overall and Anthony Toney in the second round in 1986. Byars was OK, but Toney was a bust. They took Siran Stacy in the second (48th overall) in 1992 who never logged a single NFL carry. They did better in 1994, selecting Charlie Garner in the second round (42nd overall), and hit it out of the park in 2009, selecting their all-time leading rusher LeSean McCoy at pick 53.

The Eagles clearly have running backs on their radar in this draft. Though their history isn’t great with drafting them high, this would be the year to do it.