While Doug Pederson said the Eagles will ramp up practice work for Lane Johnson, Miles Sanders and Derek Barnett this week, he wouldn’t commit to any of them playing in Week 2 against the Rams.
The Eagles could really use all three, especially after suffering even more injuries during Sunday’s game.
“We’re going to increase their practice time this week,” Pederson said about those three players. “We’re going to see as the week goes on, where they are. And hopefully they’ll be available for the game on Sunday. But again, it’s day by day with those guys."
Here’s more on their individual injuries:
Johnson: Of the three, Johnson was probably the closest to playing on Sunday. He has an ankle injury and was a game-time decision against Washington after entering the weekend listed as questionable. Ultimately, he was inactive and the Eagles started rookie Jack Driscoll in his place.
Johnson had surgery on his ankle (a cleanout) last month and there was just too much swelling for him to be able to play in Week 1. He tried to push it but couldn’t go. He was limited all last week in practice.
Under Pederson, the Eagles are 32-16 with Johnson in the lineup and 6-11 without him.
Sanders: Sanders suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp and was ruled out for Sunday’s game on Saturday because he didn’t travel with the team.
Without Sanders, the Eagles had just Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Jason Huntley active for Week 1. The Eagles averaged just 3.4 yards per carry without him.
Sanders is expected to be the bell cow back this year but even if he returns in Week 2, there’s a good chance Pederson will have him on a pitch count.
Barnett: Just like Sanders, Barnett was ruled out on Saturday with a hamstring injury of his own. Barnett has been missing from practice since the beginning of training camp.
All last week, Barnett was a limited participant.
The Eagles could really use Barnett now, especially after Brandon Graham suffered a concussion and Vinny Curry suffered a serious hamstring injury in the Week 1 loss (see story).