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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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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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