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Eagles snap counts: The left guard rotation might be dead

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Eagles snap counts: The left guard rotation might be dead

Stefen Wisniewski started again at left guard on Thursday night, but this time he didn't get taken out. 

It looks like the left guard rotation might be dead. 

After three weeks of rotating with Chance Warmack, Wisniewski played all 62 of the Eagles' offensive snaps on Thursday against the Panthers. Warmack didn't get on the field once with the offense. 

Coming into the game, Pederson had said a couple times that Wiz was going to get more of the work than before but as Thursday night unfolded, he didn't just get more. He got all of it. 

With Wiz as the left guard, the entire offensive line — including Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle for a concussed Lane Johnson — played all 62 snaps. So did Carson Wentz. 

With Wendell Smallwood (knee) still on the shelf, LeGarrette Blount got 30 snaps, Kenjon Barner got 22 and Corey Clement got 10. 

Alshon Jeffery again led the way for the Eagles' receivers in snaps with 56, followed by Nelson Agholor (48) and Torrey Smith (35). Mack Hollins got just nine snaps but caught two passes (both went for first downs) for 38 yards. 

The Eagles actually didn't win the time of possession battle against the Panthers, which kept the Eagles' defense on the field more than they've been used to. The Eagles' defense played 82 snaps on Thursday. The previous season high was 69 against the Giants. The Eagles' defense got into the 80s just once last season. 

Malcolm Jenkins was the only defensive player to be on the field for all 82 plays. He very rarely leaves the field. Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod missed just one snap each and Patrick Robinson missed just two. 

Fletcher Cox returned to action with a beastly performance against the Panthers (see story). If there were any concerns about his calf, he answered them. And Cox certainly wasn't on a pitch count. He played 65 snaps, more than any other defensive lineman. 

Mychal Kendricks played 55 snaps (67 percent) but led the team with 15 tackles. Nigel Bradham, who had the best game of his Eagles' career, had 78 snaps (see story)

Jordan Hicks played 34 snaps (41 percent) before leaving the game with an ankle injury. 

Derek Barnett played a new career-high of 39 snaps and picked up the first half-sack of his career (see story)

Here are full snap counts from Thursday night: 

Offense
Brandon Brooks - 62 snaps (100 percent)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 62 (100)
Stefen Wisniewski - 62 (100)
Jason Kelce - 62 (100)
Jason Peters - 62 (100)
Carson Wentz - 62 (100)
Alshon Jeffery - 56 (90)
Zach Ertz - 49 (79)
Nelson Agholor - 48 (77)
Torrey Smith - 35 (56)
LeGarrette Blount - 30 (48)
Brent Celek - 24 (39)
Kenjon Barner -22 (35)
Trey Burton - 13 (21) 
Corey Clement - 10 (16)
Mack Hollins - 9 (15)
Isaac Seumalo - 8 (13)
Marcus Johnson - 6 (10)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 82 snaps (100 percent) 
Jalen Mills - 81 (99)
Rodney McLeod - 81 (99)
Patrick Robinson - 80 (98)
Nigel Bradham - 78 (95)
Fletcher Cox - 65 (79)
Brandon Graham - 62 (76)
Rasul Douglas - 56 (68)
Mychal Kendricks - 55 (67) 
Beau Allen - 41 (50)
Chris Long - 41 (50)
Vinny Curry - 40 (49)
Derek Barnet - 39 (48)
Jordan Hicks - 34 (41)
Tim Jernigan - 25 (30)
Justin Hamilton - 15 (18)
Joe Walker - 13 (16)
Corey Graham - 7 (9)
Najee Goode - 5 (6) 
Steven Means - 1 (1)

Eric Rowe tracker
We are keeping an eye on Rowe in New England all season. If he plays more than 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season, that 2018 fourth-round pick the Eagles got in exchange for him will turn into a third-rounder. 

The Patriots don't play until Sunday, but here's what we have so far this season: 

Week 1: 37 of 69 snaps
Week 2: 34 of 65 snaps
Week 3: 0 of 71 snaps
Week 4: 19 of 63 snaps 
Week 5: 0 of 72 snaps

2017: 90 of 358 (25.1 percent) 

Eagles snap counts: Big V plays more than half after Johnson's concussion

Eagles snap counts: Big V plays more than half after Johnson's concussion

Lane Johnson went into the tunnel at halftime and his day was over. The Eagles' right tackle, who has been playing at a Pro Bowl level, suffered a concussion and was out for the game. 

So Halapoulivaati Vaitai came in and played the entire second half of the 34-7 win over the Cardinals. He finished with 34 snaps to Johnson's 33. Coming into Sunday, Johnson hadn't missed a snap. He played 328 plays this year before he left the game. 

Big V actually played pretty well. According to ProFootballFocus, Vaitai didn't give up a sack, quarterback hit or quarterback hurry in his 34 plays. 

The Eagles stuck with the rotation at left guard despite their early success with Stefen Wisniewski in the lineup. Wiz ended up playing 42 snaps, while Chance Warmack got the remaining 25. On the WIP morning show Monday, head coach Doug Pederson said they'll continue to evaluate the rotation. 

With Wendell Smallwood (knee) missing for Sunday's game — he led the running backs in snaps last week — there were plenty of snaps to go around. LeGarrette Blount led the way with 26 (39 percent), followed by Corey Clement (23) and Kenjon Barner (17). Those were the first offensive snaps of the season for Barner, while Clement set a new career high. 

Blount carried the ball 14 times for 74 yards, Barner carried it five times for 23 and Corey Clement had seven carries for 17 yards. 

Alshon Jeffery continues to play more than the other receivers on the team (53 snaps). He didn't have much production though, finishing with three catches for 31 yards. 

On defense, Tim Jernigan played 46 snaps (77 percent) against the Cardinals and made a real impact. His fellow starter (with Fletcher Cox out) Beau Allen played just 26 snaps. Some of the team's defensive ends got snaps inside, while Justin Hamilton (18 snaps) and Elijah Qualls (14) pitched in. 

At corner, Jalen Mills left the field very briefly and finished with 58 of 60 snaps. Patrick Robinson played 46, while Rasul Douglas got just 20. 

Here's a full look at snap counts from Sunday's game: 

Offense
Brandon Brooks - 67 snaps (100 percent) 
Jason Kelce - 67 (100)
Jason Peters - 67 (100)
Carson Wentz - 67 (100)
Zach Ertz - 57 (85)
Alshon Jeffery - 53 (79)
Nelson Agholor - 47 (70)
Stefen Wisniewski - 42 (63)
Torrey Smith - 42 (63)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai - 34 (51)
Lane Johnson - 33 (49)
Brent Celek - 26 (39)
LeGarrette Blount - 26 (39)
Chance Warmack - 25 (37)
Corey Clement - 23 (34)
Kenjon Barner - 17 (25)
Trey Burton - 16 (24)
Mack Hollins - 14 (21)
Marcus Johnson - 14 (21)

Defense
Malcolm Jenkins - 60 (100)
Rodney McLeod - 60 (100)
Jalen Mills - 58 (97)
Patrick Robinson - 46 (77)
Tim Jernigan - 46 (77)
Jordan Hicks - 45 (75
Nigel Bradham - 45 (75)
Brandon Graham - 43 (72)
Corey Graham - 40 (67)
Vinny Curry - 34 (57)
Chris Long - 29 (48)
Mychal Kendricks - 28 (47)
Beau Allen - 26 (43)
Derek Barnett - 26 (43)
Rasul Douglas - 20 (33)
Justin Hamilton - 18 (30)
Elijah Qualls - 14 (23)
Najee Goode - 8 (13)
Kamu Grugier-Hill - 7 (12)
Dexter McDougle - 4 (7)
Steven Means - 3 (5) 

Eric Rowe tracker 
We are keeping an eye on Rowe in New England all season. If he plays more than 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season, that 2018 fourth-round pick the Eagles got in exchange for him will turn into a third-rounder. 

It's beginning to look like Rowe's injured groin is going to prevent the Eagles from getting a third-rounder. Rowe was inactive on Thursday against the Bucs with his injury, which has let him play just 19 snaps in the last three weeks. 

Week 1: 37 of 69 snaps
Week 2: 34 of 65 snaps
Week 3: 0 of 71 snaps
Week 4: 19 of 63 snaps 
Week 5: 0 of 72 snaps

2017: 90 of 358 (25.1 percent) 

Eagles Injury Update: Cox misses again; Wiz with the first team

Eagles Injury Update: Cox misses again; Wiz with the first team

It's beginning to look more and more likely that the Eagles will be without their best defensive player on Sunday. 

For the second straight day on Thursday, Fletcher Cox missed practice with a calf injury he suffered against the Giants. 

With Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also still out, the Eagles are down to just three healthy defensive tackles. It seems likely that DC Jim Schwartz will use a couple defensive ends inside as a part of the DT rotation this weekend. 

While Cox was out on Thursday, Jason Kelce (knee) was out for the start of practice after being limited on Wednesday. 

With Kelce out on Wednesday, it wasn't possible to see the team's depth chart at left guard because Stefen Wisniewski filled in at center. We know either Wisniewski or Warmack will get the start against the Chargers (see story).

It looks like Wiz is in the lead. Wisniewski took first-team reps at left guard, between Kelce and Jason Peters, on Thursday during individual drills, while Warmack worked with the second team and Isaac Seumalo with the third. 

Even if Wisniewski starts, it doesn't mean they won't rotate during the game. 

Rodney McLeod (hamstring) and Jordan Hicks (ankle) were both practicing again; they were full participants on Wednesday. 

Still no sign of Corey Graham (hamstring) or Jaylen Watkins (hamstring). They missed the game against the Giants and have now missed the first two days of this week.