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Doug Pederson wants to know Lane Johnson's fate 'now than later'

Doug Pederson wants to know Lane Johnson's fate 'now than later'

Eagles fans would love to know what’s going on with Lane Johnson.
 
So would the Eagles’ head coach.
 
“I’d rather know now than later,” head coach Doug Pederson said before practice Saturday.
 
Pederson said he still hasn’t heard a word from the NFL regarding Johnson’s anticipated suspension for using a banned supplement.
 
It’s been five weeks since it was reported that the NFL planned to suspend Johnson for 10 games. Johnson, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2013, started against the Browns on opening day and will start against the Bears Monday night in Chicago while the team waits for any bit of news.
 
“You would think you would have heard something by now,” Pederson said.
 
Johnson said he used a supplement that was approved by the NFL but was tainted by the manufacturer to include banned peptides that weren’t listed on the label.
 
Since he had a four-game suspension in 2014 (for a substance that is now legal), a second suspension for a banned substance would normally result in a 10-game suspension.
 
Johnson has said he is awaiting word on his B sample. He said he plans to appeal any suspension to the league if and when official word does come down. Depending on how long it takes for that to be heard, the appeal would presumably delay his absence another week or more. 
 
The bottom line is Johnson, who practiced with the second team most of the summer, continues to play. And the Eagles continue to wait.
 
“It’s just day-to-day and we just go about our business getting them ready to play,” Pederson said.
 
Pederson said whatever is going to happen, he just hopes it happens soon.
 
“If it does happen down the road, it just pushes everything back,” he said. “Me personally, I’d rather know now than later. But until then, (Johnson) is the guy.”
 
The original plan if the Eagles lost Johnson was for left guard Allen Barbre to swing over to right tackle with rookie Isaac Seumalo moving in at left guard.
 
But Pederson said that since Seumalo has had to deal with some injuries, veteran Stefen Wisniewski is now the backup right guard – even though Seumalo is now healthy and no longer on the injury report.
 
“Whiz would be the next guy in right now with Isaac’s situation,” Pederson said. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds, but right now it would be Whiz at that spot.”
 
Meanwhile, Johnson – who was benched during training camp – has been taking all the first-team reps at right tackle, and Barbre hasn’t been at tackle at all.
 
“You know what, we haven’t (had him at tackle) the last couple weeks just because we haven’t heard,” Pederson said. “What we did in training camp the first couple weeks, if something were to come down, and to move him over after a week of preparation, he’d be OK.”

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Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

8:41 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! The Eagles have an unusual 4:25 p.m. start today, so we have a little bit of waiting on our hands. 

The big news as you woke up this morning was that Jordan Howard (shoulder) will reportedly be out for this game. He has a stinger and hasn't yet been cleared for contact. That means Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and recently signed Jay Ajayi will have to carry the load.

As you wait for kickoff today, here are five matchups to watch in Eagles-Patriots.

At least we have Cowboys-Lions to watch at 1 p.m. 

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Report: Jordan Howard expected to miss Eagles-Patriots Week 11 game with injury

Report: Jordan Howard expected to miss Eagles-Patriots Week 11 game with injury

Eagles leading rusher Jordan Howard is not expected to play Sunday as he deals with a shoulder injury, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Eagles have officially listed Howard as questionable for the team's Super Bowl rematch Sunday afternoon against the Patriots at the Linc.

Howard suffered a stinger in the Eagles’ win on Nov. 3 against the Bears, his former team.

That means Jay Ajayi, who the Eagles re-signed on Friday, should be active for the first time in over a year and will likely have a role.

Howard, in his first year with the Eagles, has 525 rushing yards, a 4.4 average and seven touchdowns, including one receiving. 

Since Week 4, Howard has been the 13th-leading rusher in the NFL, averaging 71 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.

Howard was limited in practice during the week and head coach Doug Pederson said Friday he had not been cleared for contact, which left him with a remote chance to be active on Sunday.

Howard has never missed a game because of injury. He didn’t play in the Bears' 2016 opener against the Texans — opening day of his rookie year — but he did dress for the game and was active, he just didn’t get onto the field.

Since then, he’s played in 57 of a possible 57 games.

Howard has the second-most rushing yards in the NFL since 2016 behind only Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys.

The Eagles are already down two running backs. Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury and Darren Sproles joined him on Injured Reserve this week with a season-ending quad injury.

The Eagles will go into Sunday with Miles Sanders, Ajayi and Boston Scott. They also have a rookie, De’Angelo Henderson, on the practice squad.

Sanders, after a slow start, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry on 76 for 336 and has 22 catches for 305 yards.

Ajayi, acquired by the Eagles from the Dolphins midway through the 2017 Super Bowl season, hasn’t played since injuring his knee in a game against the Vikings on Oct. 7 of last year.

Ajayi has battled knee injuries most of his career but his 4.5 career average is fifth best in the NFL since 2015 among running backs with at least 500 carries.

Scott has 16 carries for 68 yards, a 4.3 average in limited duty.

The Eagles have averaged 141 rushing yards in their last six games. The Patriots are allowing an NFL-worst 5.6 yards per carry over their last six games.

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