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Eagles Inactives: Lane Johnson returns against Saints

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Eagles Inactives: Lane Johnson returns against Saints

NEW ORLEANS — After missing last week’s game with an MCL sprain, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is active and will start Sunday afternoon against the Saints. He came into the weekend listed as questionable. 

Johnson sprained his left MCL in London and missed the Cowboys game last week. Halapoulivaati Vaitai started in his place. 

The other player who came into the weekend listed as questionable was defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee). Ngata is active too. 

Here’s the full list of Eagles’ inactive players: 

Jalen Mills (foot)

Darren Sproles (hamstring)

Matt Pryor

Nate Sudfeld

Deiondre’ Hall 

Jordan Mailata 

Chance Warmack

After missing the last few games with a hamstring injury, Sidney Jones will make his return this week and will be a starter. Rasul Douglas is also penciled in as a starter thanks to Mills’ injury and Darby on IR. 

Tight end Richard Rodgers, who was activated off IR this week, is active and will play today. 

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson questionable, but expected to play

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson questionable, but expected to play

Updated: 2:34 p.m.

After missing last week's loss to the Cowboys, right tackle Lane Johnson is expected to play this weekend, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Johnson is officially listed as questionable. 

Here's the full status report: 

OUT: CB Ronald Darby (knee), CB Jalen Mills (foot), TE Josh Perkins (knee), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring)

Questionable: Johnson (knee), Haloti Ngata (knee) 

Sidney Jones is not on the injury report and will play on Sunday. 

The Eagles hoped Johnson would be able to play last week through his sprained MCL, but he was held out and Halapoulivaati Vaitai started in his place. Johnson has been limited in practice this week. 

"He's a lot closer," Pederson said. "He's had a really good week of practice. Feels a lot better health-wise, so I would expect him to go, yes."

Tim Jernigan 
Jernigan is still on the Non-football Injury list, so the Eagles would need to make a roster move before he's able to play. Pederson said he's "still optimistic" Jernigan will be able to play this weekend. 

"It's just kind of day by day and get through the practice and see where he's at," Pederson said. 

Jernigan has been rotating in with the starters during practice this week. If he plays this weekend, he would need to be added to the roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Richard Rodgers
The Eagles' tight end was removed from IR on Friday afternoon as Josh Perkins was placed on IR. Rodgers will make his Eagles debut on Sunday. 

Jones 
Pederson said Jones is in a "better situation" than Jernigan. They want to see how Jones responds to a week of practice, but Jones himself said he's playing this weekend. He hasn't played since he left the Giants game after eight snaps. 

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Doug Pederson still thinks Darren Sproles will play this season

Doug Pederson still thinks Darren Sproles will play this season

Updated: 2:59 p.m.

Doug Pederson said Darren Sproles was 100 percent healthy coming into this week before Sproles suffered “a setback” in practice Wednesday. 

That means Sproles, 35, will miss his eighth straight game with a hamstring injury. 

Here's the Eagles' full status report for Sunday: 

OUT: Sproles (hamstring), Sidney Jones (hamstring), Jalen Mills (foot)

Questionable: Lane Johnson (knee), Josh Sweat (hip) 

Many fans think the Eagles ought to move on from the aging running back, but Pederson still thinks Sproles will return at some point this season. 

“I am optimistic that he could play. Yes, I am,” Pederson said Friday. “That’s the God’s honest truth.”

Pederson seemed somewhat defensive on the topic of Sproles’ lengthy recovery and why the Eagles have seemed to have so many soft tissue injuries this season. Pederson said there wasn’t mystery surrounding Sproles’ injury; people heal at different rates. 

At this point, the Eagles have wasted a roster spot on Sproles for the minimum length of time he would have needed to be on IR. In hindsight, that’s probably the route the Eagles should have gone with Sproles. Instead, he’s been inactive in every game for two months and counting. 

That streak was set to come to an end until Wednesday’s practice. Now it won’t. 

“The bottom line is how the player feels,” Pederson said. “Where is he at in his return to play? We felt very, very comfortable moving forward to make that decision.”

The secondary 
Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones have missed practice all week and Pederson said Mills is “probably a little further away than Sidney is.” Both guys have been ruled out. Next week seems like it might be possible for Jones. 

Rasul Douglas will obviously start in place of Mills. Pederson would not disclose who will play the nickel corner spot. It’s likely that either Avonte Maddox will slide down from safety or newcomer Cre’Von LeBlanc will be thrust into action. 

Lane Johnson 
Despite a Grade 2 MCL sprain, Johnson has practiced all week and is set to play through the injury on Sunday night, even though he's listed as questionable. 

“He’s doing well,” Pederson said. 

Guys on IR 
Pederson agreed with the assertion that the Eagles have three guys on injured reserve who are candidates to return this season: Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins and Richard Rodgers. 

Hollins and Rodgers are eligible to return now. Wallace will be eligible to return next week. There’s no indication the team is ready to bring back any of them just yet. 

“Again, we’re going to make sure they’re 100 percent and we’ve got to make sure that it’s the right time of the year, which player it is,” Pederson said. “Once you make one, you’ve only got one left. We’ve got to make some tough decisions down the stretch.”

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