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Lane Johnson, Dallas Goedert to miss rest of preseason for Eagles

Lane Johnson, Dallas Goedert to miss rest of preseason for Eagles

Dallas Goedert and Lane Johnson were both absent from practice Saturday and added to the Eagles’ injury report.

The injuries aren’t considered serious enough to sideline either player into the regular season, but don’t expect to see either one the rest of the preseason.

The Eagles open the regular season on Sept. 8 against the Redskins at the Linc.

Saturday’s practice was the Eagles’ first since their preseason opener against the Titans on Thursday night. They finish the preseason with games against the Jaguars Thursday, Ravens on Aug. 22 and Jets on Aug. 29.

Here’s the full Saturday morning Eagles injury report:

TE Dallas Goedert

Goedert suffered a calf injury during the game Thursday night. Goedert played 12 snaps against the Titans and had three catches for 50 yards, including three of the Eagles’ five-longest plays of the game. Even with Goedert out, the Eagles still have Josh Perkins, Will Tye and Alex Ellis at tight end, along with starter Zach Ertz. 

OT Lane Johnson

Johnson is out for the rest of the preseason with a knee injury, but if this were the regular season he’d most likely be out there playing. There’s no concern he won’t be ready for the Redskins on Sept. 8. Jordan Mailata got all the team reps at right tackle in Johnson’s absence Saturday, although right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai got the reps in install since Brandon Brooks participates in those drills.

QB Nate Sudfeld

Sudfeld watched practice one day after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) wrist. Sudfeld said he’s optimistic about getting back sooner than later but doesn’t have a timetable. He said a plate was inserted in his wrist.

CB Ronald Darby

Was back on the practice field and took some 7-on-7 reps, his first real practice time this summer after last year’s torn ACL.

DE Derek Barnett 

Barnett, coming back from shoulder surgery, also got his first 11-on-11 reps on Saturday.

S Blake Countess

Countess, who played 26 snaps on defense Thursday night and three more on special teams, popped up on the injury report with a hamstring injury. This is a potential serious one, and the Eagles list him as being out “multiple weeks.” 

DE Daeshon Hall 

Hall was out Saturday with the shoulder injury he suffered on Thursday night. Hall played well against the Titans, with six tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He left the game briefly because of the shoulder injury but did return. He’s considered day-to-day.

WR Shelton Gibson

The third-year receiver remains out of practice with a significant ankle injury. He’s considered “week to week.”

DT Hassan Ridgeway

The veteran defensive tackle is in the concussion protocol. He suffered the injury during the game Thursday night.

WR DeAndre Thompkins 

The rookie is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

LB Paul Worrilow

Worked on a side field while dealing with lingering knee issues dating back to an injury from last spring.

DT Fletcher Cox

Remains sidelined with a foot injury.

LB Nigel Bradham

Still out after offseason toe surgery.

RB Boston Scott

Still out with an ankle injury.

TE Zach Ertz

Ertz ran into the medical tent early in practice but quickly returned to practice. No reason to worry. He said after practice his ankle was taped too tight.  

TE Richard Rodgers

Still out with a foot injury.

WR Mack Hollins

Hollins participated in team drills for the first time since suffering his lingering hip injury.

CB Jalen Mills

Remains on PUP and unable to practice with a foot injury dating back to last year.

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill

Grugier-Hill was out at practice without his crutches on Saturday morning, which is a positive sign.

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The area where JJ Arcega-Whiteside is showing some potential

The area where JJ Arcega-Whiteside is showing some potential

For a second-round pick, it’s fair to say that JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s rookie season hasn’t been a resounding success to this point. 

So it’s definitely notable that his two biggest catches of the season have come on off-schedule plays. 

“That’s kind of like backyard football,” Arcega-Whiteside said this week. “Ain’t no real way to coach it or train for it. It’s just like, broken play, get open. There’s no technique or nothing. It’s just get open. I’ve just been lucky that Carson has found me and I was in the right place at the right time. Hopefully, we can get some more going forward.” 

For whatever reason, it seems like the rookie is better in those situations right now. Maybe it’s because of the NFL learning curve or because these are the situations where thinking is completely removed from the equation. Just go out there and make a play. 

It’s encouraging to see his playmaking ability, even when it hasn’t come as much on the initial play calls. At least we can see that he has it in him. 

Arcega-Whiteside caught a 29-yard pass on an off-schedule play in the fourth quarter of the Patriots game. And then on Sunday in Miami, his first NFL touchdown came on a 15-yarder on a broken play. 

The touchdown came with 13 seconds left in the first half against the Dolphins. It was 3rd-and-goal from the 15, which is a difficult situation to convert. In fact, NFL offenses have gotten touchdowns on just 2 of 13 such opportunities this year. 

“He's been at the right place at the right time,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. “The play there at the end of the half for the touchdown where he's inside releasing there and then he is working with Carson as Carson scrambles out there to the right, and then he's able to get out of the grass above the DB and come back and fight for the ball was a really good play by JJ and Carson.”

As Wentz escapes the pocket, you can see the rookie lock eyes with him. He’s about to take one more step toward the sideline and cut back inside, avoiding the defender that had tight coverage on him. Wentz puts it on him. 

Arcega-Whiteside and Wentz haven’t played a ton together, so it’s impressive that they’re able to connect on these types of plays. The receiver has to understand where the quarterback is going to throw it and the quarterback has to trust that the receiver is thinking the same thing. 

“We talk about it,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “It’s like, ‘ideally, we want this guy to do this or this guy to do this.’ But at the end of the day, just get open. Come back to the quarterback, be friendly and play ball.”

That’s usually the main coaching point for receivers in these off-schedule situations: Be quarterback friendly, which means give him a target, give him an opportunity to get the ball to you. 

That’s exactly what Arcega-Whiteside also did in the fourth quarter against the Patriots a couple weeks ago. He found an open spot in the field where Wentz threw it and came back to get the ball. 

 

What makes Arcega-Whiteside good in these situations?  

It’s pretty simple. 

“Just his ability to keep working,” Wentz said. “JJ does a great job of it.” 

The Eagles have struggled to find consistent plays from their receivers this year, so the fact that their second-round pick had trouble getting on the field at first and still has just six catches for 101 yards isn’t great. But Arcega-Whiteside and Wentz will be together for a least a couple more years after 2019. 

And these plays are certainly a silver lining. 

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Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three key players at practice. 

Derek Barnett (ankle), Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) and Nelson Agholor (knee) all missed Friday’s session after also missing Thursday. 

It’s rare for players to miss the first two practice days of the week and play that weekend. 

Barnett, it seemed, hurt his ankle during the loss to the Dolphins but was able to finish the game, playing 50 snaps. This season, Barnett is second on the team in sacks with 4 1/2 and has played more snaps (78 percent) than any other defensive lineman. 

The only other defensive players to play more than him this season are Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. 

If Barnett can’t play on Monday, it’s likely Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time and perhaps Genard Avery will see a few more snaps. Maybe even Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller might get to play a bit. 

Agholor has been dealing with his knee injury since the Patriots game. He missed the game against Seattle, but returned last week to play 63 snaps against the Dolphins. Last week, Agholor was limited in practice the first two days of the week and was not given a game status. 

If Agholor can’t play, Greg Ward could perhaps have a bigger role on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Grugier-Hill didn’t report concussion symptoms until Thursday and was then placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Based on the timing of all that, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be able to play on Monday night. 

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