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Lane Johnson reveals full extent of his injuries last season

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Lane Johnson reveals full extent of his injuries last season

It turns out Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has an explanation for the dip in performance in 2018 — not that he’s making any excuses.

Johnson returned to the field for a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, the first time he practiced with the team this offseason, though the absence was for good reason. The two-time Pro Bowl selection revealed he was still working his way back from a pair of injuries that had limited him for much of the previous season.

“Last year I played with a Grade 2 MCL (sprain) and a high ankle (sprain) in my left leg, so basically I was just trying to get healthy and get ready for the season,” Johnson said.

It should be noted he was with the team for aspects of OTAs despite skipping practices.

Traditionally very durable, Johnson was on and off the injury report throughout the season, and even missed one game due to the MCL. However, nobody outside the NovaCare Complex knew the full extent to which he was laboring.

“It happened early,” said Johnson. “The high ankle happened (Week 5), and then the MCL happened (Week 8).

“I didn’t really practice all year.”

One season earlier, Johnson was arguably the best offensive tackle, if not the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL. He earned first-team All-Pro honors while anchoring the Eagles’ front on the way to the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship.

Yet, Johnson didn’t look quite the same at times last season. He still played well enough to reach his second consecutive Pro Bowl, albeit as an alternate, but was not nearly as dominant.

Nearly five full months after the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs, Johnson finally admitted he wasn’t 100 percent for much of the season.

“Took away a lot of power,” Johnson said of the injuries. “Just stuff I could normally do.”

When asked why he didn’t disclose the injuries as a way to deflect blame for the occasional bad snap, Johnson said, “That’s the game.”

“Because during the year, it really doesn’t count. The only thing that counts is I just wanted to be there for my team. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose. Obviously there’s some plays you’d like to have back, but moving forward is the best you can do.”

Johnson has established himself as a premier right tackle and is only 29, so there’s no reason to expect last season’s slide is permanent.

“That was the first year I really had to deal with any type of stuff like that,” Johnson said. “Other than that, I feel recovered now; I feel healthy and I feel good.”

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Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Updated: 4:27 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three of their most important skill position players as they prepare to face the Lions on Sunday afternoon. 

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert, who were all listed as “day to day” by Doug Pederson on Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. The Eagles actually held a real practice Thursday after a walkthrough the day before. 

It doesn’t seem likely that any of those three will play against the Lions. 

Because the Eagles had a walkthrough on Wednesday, yesterday’s injury report was an estimation. Here's today's: 

Did not practice: 

Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back), Johnathan Cyprien (knee) 

Limited: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring) 

Full: 

Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)

Good news for Grugier-Hill, who is taking part in his first real practice since spraining his MCL in August. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to return to action next Thursday night in Green Bay. 

More good news that Barnett, Cox and Gerry were full participants today after being limited to begin the week. 

Cyprien was the only player who was limited to begin the week and didn’t practice Thursday. 

Mailata worked out on a side field today, as did Jalen Mills (foot), who is still on the PUP. Mills won’t be eligible to return until Week 7. 

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NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

The Jalen Ramsey trade winds are blowing strong and the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be in the mix.

Our very own Dave Zangaro wrote about why the Eagles should absolutely kick the tires on Ramsey earlier in the week and not a lot has changed there.

A number of national NFL writers continue to toss the Eagles' name around as a team that could be a landing spot for Ramsey if Howie Roseman chooses to engage. Here's a quick roundup of the latest rumblings regarding the talented but often irksome corner.

Ramsey is expected to play this evening on Thursday Night Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said today that, "tomorrow is a more likely target date for a Jalen Ramsey trade."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said yesterday that the Friday report is "the most artificial deadline in the history of artificial deadlines. There's one deadline, it's Week 9, the trade deadline."

La Canfora points to three teams, "The sense that I'm getting from GMs and personal directors are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia."

He goes on to say that Jacksonville wants two first-round picks but whether they get that sort of return remains to be seen given their cards are all already on the table and their hand is somewhat forced. Still, Ramsey is an incredible talent that will come at a very steep price.

NBC Sports' Peter King echoed some of those sentiments in a tweet today which again puts Philly right in the hunt for Ramsey. "Roseman unafraid, can offer 1+3+SJones," he wrote in a tweet.

I assume that's a first, a third, and Sidney Jones to get the deal done. Would the Philly fanbase be OK "giving up" on Jones so early in his career when he hasn't had a ton of time to show what he's capable of when healthy? If it lands Ramsey, I'd guess so.

Finally, King adds that inquiring teams would want to talk to Ramsey's agent about a new deal which makes total sense if landing him would come at such a big price.

Thursday Night Football should be interesting this evening when Ramsey's Jags take on the Tennessee Titans on national TV. You know Birds fans will be watching for any drama. 

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