Eagles

Eagles will be without 2 key starters for Week 1 in Washington

Eagles

The Eagles will be without Miles Sanders and Derek Barnett for their opener in Washington on Sunday.

Sanders has been dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered early in training camp. Barnett missed all of training camp with an hamstring injury of his own.

Both were listed as questionable on Friday but won’t make the trip to Washington.

Lane Johnson (ankle) is still listed as questionable and will try to play on Sunday. He reportedly had surgery (a cleanout) on his ankle last month.

Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Javon Hargrave (pec, hamstring) were already ruled out for the opener.

Without Sanders, the Eagles will go into this game with Boston Scott, Corey Clement and newcomer Jason Huntley. The Eagles have three running backs on their practice squad but didn’t bring up any of them. Instead, the Eagles activated OG Sua Opeta and DT T.Y. McGill.

Without Barnett, the Eagles will likely start either Vinny Curry or Josh Sweat opposite Brandon Graham.

Barnett, 24, is entering Year 4 and has had an up and down career that certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations for a first-round pick. Injuries have been a problem and they continue to be a problem.

Sanders, 23, is projected to be a huge part of the Eagles’ offense in 2020. As a rookie in 2019, Sanders set the Eagles rookie record for scrimmage yards with 1,327. He really took control after Jordan Howard went down with injury.

Earlier this offseason, running backs coach Duce Staley said they would ride Sanders this season, that he wasn’t someone they needed to manage.

 

But the Eagles are apparently taking a cautious route with this hamstring injury. They want Sanders to be good for the long haul so they won’t push him to be ready for the opener.