Right tackle Lane Johnson has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain but the Eagles are holding out hope that he’ll be able to play in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday.
Johnson is expected to “take a few plays” at Wednesday’s walkthrough, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
The Eagles will have a plan on Sunday whether or not Johnson is able to play. Remember, Brandon Brooks is now on IR. If Johnson can play, it sounds like Halapoulivaati Vaitai would play at right guard. If Johnson can’t play, it sounds like Big V will stay at right tackle and Matt Pryor will play right guard.
#Eagles injury report is an estimation because of a walkthrough:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 1, 2020
DNP: Agholor (knee), Sanders (ankle)
Limited: Zach Ertz (ribs, back), Lane Johnson (ankle), Jalen Mills (ankle), Derek Barnett (ankle), Fletcher Cox (triceps), Sidney Jones (back), Avonte Maddox (abdomen)
Like Johnson, Zach Ertz (ribs, back) was also at Wednesday's walkthrough.
Visual confirmation of Zach Ertz at today’s walkthrough pic.twitter.com/rv2Mgio522— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 1, 2020
Ertz missed the last game thanks to a rib and kidney injury. Pederson said Ertz has not been cleared to play but they want to get him mental reps.
When asked about the risk of Ertz suffering further internal damage if he plays, Pederson said, “I’m going to leave that up to the doctors. Obviously, when they clear him, they clear him. And then we play. Until that time, I don’t know.”
Pederson also stressed the importance of mental reps for cornerback Jalen Mills (ankle) and Miles Sanders (ankle).
It sounds like both Mills and Sanders are day to day. Sanders was at walkthrough on Wednesday but looked like a spectator.
“Gotta be careful early in the week,” Pederson said. “Don’t want to set [Sanders] back at all. But, again, he’s another one if we can get the mental reps from him and then see as the week progresses.”
The only player missing from Wednesday's walkthrough was Nelson Agholor (knee).
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