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Eagles injury updates on Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jalen Mills

Eagles injury updates on Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jalen Mills

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. 

Like Johnson, Zach Ertz (ribs, back) was also at Wednesday's walkthrough. 

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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Eagle Eye podcast: Building now vs. the future around Carson Wentz

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Eagle Eye podcast: Building now vs. the future around Carson Wentz

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro dive into plenty of topics, starting with Howie Roseman’s short-term vs. long-term plan to build around Carson Wentz. 

Breaking down the Eagles’ salary cap space. Why trading for Brandin Cooks wouldn’t make sense. The game that showed the Eagles Jalen Mills could play safety. 

Roob hates the new playoff format and plenty more: 

• Building now vs. future around Carson Wentz 
• Breaking down Eagles’ salary cap space 
• Some cap tricks Howie Roseman uses 
• Should Eagles trade for Brandin Cooks? 
• More on Jalen Mills’ position switch 
• And his switch from No. 31 to 21 
• Ronald Darby is heading to Washington 
• Dave’s latest Eagles-only mock changes it up
• Roob hates the new NFL playoff format 
• What the guys are doing to stay sane 

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NFL officially expands playoff format in time for 2020 playoffs

NFL officially expands playoff format in time for 2020 playoffs

The NFL has officially expanded its playoff format to 14 teams in time for the 2020 season. 

Starting with this upcoming season, the playoff field will expand from 12 to 14 teams, allowing one more wild-card team from each conference. 

Here are a few of the major points of this new format: 

• The AFC and NFC will each have seven playoff teams, but just the top seed from each conference will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. 

• In wild-card weekend, the other 12 teams will play — the No. 2 seeds will host 7s, the No. 3 seeds will host 6s and the No. 4 seeds will host 5s. 

• For this upcoming season, wild-card weekend will have three games on Saturday, Jan. 9 and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10. 

• One of the additional wild-card games will be on CBS on Jan. 10 at 4:40 p.m. The other will be on NBC on Jan. 10 at 8:15 p.m.

This is the NFL’s first expansion of the playoff format since the 1990 season, when the field went from 10 to 12. 

The Eagles made the playoffs as a division winner with a 9-7 record in 2019 and that would still be an option with this new format. This change simply adds another playoff team in each conference. In the 2019 NFC that would have been the 9-7 Rams. 

If you’re looking for a recent example in Eagles history of how this new format would’ve helped, look back at the 2014 season. The Eagles finished with a 10-6 record in Chip Kelly’s second season but missed the postseason. If this format was around, they would have been the third wild-card team after the 11-win Lions and Cardinals. 

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