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Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland not ready to rule out Lane Johnson for Sunday

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Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland not ready to rule out Lane Johnson for Sunday

As the Eagles begin preparations in Dallas week, most people have already assumed Lane Johnson won’t be playing in this game because of a knee injury he suffered in London.

Reports have called it a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which would normally keep a player out for about a month. So it would be overly optimistic to think Johnson could play through this injury a couple weeks after sustaining it.

But Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland isn’t ready to say definitively that Johnson won’t play Sunday night against the Cowboys. 

“You’re not counting Lane out, are you?” Stoutland said when asked a question about Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s preparation as a starter. “I think he’s a tough guy. I think that knowing Lane Johnson, anything he can do to be out on that field, he’ll be there. I’m not a doctor or anything like that, but I know how he operates.”

It is worth noting that earlier this season, after Jason Peters partially tore his biceps, Stoutland said he didn’t think Peters would miss any time. Peters started six days later against the Panthers. 

Johnson had already been playing through a high ankle sprain but playing through an MCL sprain like this would be pretty remarkable.

Stoutland was then asked if the team has to consider how effective Johnson might be even if he’s physically able to be on the field. 

“He went into the last game banged up,” Stoutland said. “I don’t know if you watched the first seven or eight plays before he got injured, but he didn’t look hurt to me. He was flying around. He was playing extremely well. I think that’s this time of year right now. There’s a lot of players that are banged up.”

The Eagles will begin practicing this week Wednesday. We’ll see if Johnson is able to participate even a little bit. If it really is a Grade 2 sprain, it still seems like quite a long shot. 

One thing Stoutland made clear was that if it isn’t Johnson starting, it’ll be Big V and not Isaac Seumalo playing at right tackle. Seumalo has played well enough at tackle in a pinch that it’s probably worth at least thinking of going in that direction, but Stoutland said he isn’t thinking about that. He would rather not affect two spots on the line. 

If Johnson is out for this game, Big V would start at right tackle and would play there unless something happened to Peters. Peters has struggled to get through games this season with plenty of injuries of his own. So if Johnson’s out and Peters leaves, Big V would slide to left tackle, Seumalo would go to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski would go back to left guard.

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

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Roob Knows Podcast: One of the worst losses in team history

On this edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro recap the debacle in New Orleans. 

Who should own the most responsibility for the loss? Are there coaches already on the hot seat?

Roob gives some rather forgettable stats. However, is there hope for a division title with the injury to Alex Smith?

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1:00 - What happened?
6:00 - Doug Pederson and Mike Groh overmatched without Frank Reich?
11:00 - Saints were playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" often.
13:00 - Alarming lack of takeaways from the defense.
17:00 - Doug deserves most of the blame.
22:00 - Carson Wentz deserves criticism.
28:30 - With Alex Smith gone for the season, do the Eagles have a shot at the division?
34:00 - Some forgettable stats from Sunday's loss.
39:30 - How was New Orleans?

Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

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Eagles Injury Update: Reports on all half a dozen injured Birds

The Eagles are hurting emotionally and physically, Doug Pederson said, after their 48-7 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. 

Let’s dive into the physical portion now. 

Six Eagles left Sunday’s game early with injuries. Pederson was asked about all of them in a rapid-fire question to start his Monday morning press conference. 

“That’s a big list,” he said. “Big list, big list, big list.”

Here are those updates: 

• Long snapper Rick Lovato suffered a concussion and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol 

• Jordan Hicks (calf) is week to week

• Sidney Jones (hamstring) is week to week 

• Avonte Maddox (knee) is day to day 

• Rasul Douglas (knee) is day to day

• Jason Kelce (elbow) is “fine” 

Even though Pederson said Maddox is day to day, that’s somewhat hard to believe. Maddox’s injury looked nasty and he was seen walking away from the building Monday morning with a significant limp. 

Normally, when Pederson calls someone “week to week,” they’re going to miss some time. That’s where Hicks and Jones are. Pederson said Jones had healed completely from his hamstring injury but suffered a new injury. 

If Lovato can’t play this coming Sunday, linebacker Nate Gerry is the team’s backup. He long-snapped in college and was warming up on the sideline Sunday night. 

In light of the rash of injuries, Pederson was asked about his trust in the team’s medical staff. Pederson was defensive about this topic and said there’s “no problem.”

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