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Eagles still without Lane Johnson, Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor at practice

Eagles still without Lane Johnson, Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor at practice

As the Eagles held their first real practice in their short week before Sunday’s game in Washington, they were without several key starters.

Lane Johnson (ankle), Derek Barnett (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) were all absent Thursday. 

All three are in serious danger of missing the upcoming game. 

Meanwhile, Jalen Mills (elbow) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) were back on the field after being listed as limited in Wednesday’s estimation. Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contact and can’t play until he is. 

• Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over the Giants and is fully expected to miss this upcoming game. Fourth-year offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai took first-team reps at right tackle next to Brandon Brooks on Thursday. Despite an offer to move sides earlier in the season from Jason Peters, the Eagles are sticking with Big V at right tackle. This way, they don’t weaken two spots. 

• Agholor revealed on Wednesday that he actually hurt his knee in Week 6 against Minnesota and what happened late in the fourth quarter against New England just aggravated the existing injury. He is in danger of missing his second straight game and his third in four weeks with a knee injury he hopes won’t eventually need surgery. 

While the Eagles had six receivers at practice on Thursday, three of them were on the practice squad. Robert Davis was bumped up from the practice squad Thursday morning and will need to play on Sunday in Washington against his former team. 

The Eagles went into last week’s game with just three active receivers and it was a disaster. Alshon Jeffery and JJ Arcega-Whiteside both got hurt and the Eagles finished the game with Greg Ward as their only healthy receiver, although Josh Perkins was able to take snaps there. 

• Barnett injured his ankle in the Miami game and still somehow managed to finish the game and play 50 snaps. Think about that; he was able to finish a game with an injury that will probably force him out for at least two full games. That’s impressive. 

Without Barnett last week, Vinny Curry started and played well. Josh Sweat rotated in and also made some plays. 

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Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Good injury news! Eagles to get Kamu Grugier-Hill back

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has been cleared through concussion protocol and is expected to return to practice on Thursday and will be able to play against the Redskins Sunday.

The circumstances around Grugier-Hill’s injury are a little mysterious, since he played the entire Dolphins game and didn’t appear on the Eagles’ injury report Thursday, four days after the game.

The Eagles didn’t practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday after the Dolphins game because they had a long week leading up to the Monday Night Football game against the Giants this past Monday.

Grugier-Hill missed the Giants game, the fourth game he’s missed this year. He missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury that he suffered the first week of training camp. Thursday’s practice will be the Eagles’ first since the Giants game.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Grugier-Hill first reported concussion symptoms last Thursday morning when he reported to the Nova-Care Complex.

Grugier-Hill has averaged 33 snaps per game in the nine games he’s played, third-most among Eagles linebackers, behind Nigel Bradham (60) and Zach Brown (46), who’s no longer with the team.

The Eagles were required to issue an injury report on Wednesday even though they didn’t practice because of the Monday night game.

That report lists players’ status as projections based on whether they would have participated if the Eagles did have a practice Wednesday.

According to that report, Nelson Agholor (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) and Lane Johnson (ankle) would have missed practice.

Alshon Jeffery (ankle) is also listed on the injury report as “did not practice” since he is technically still on the 53-man roster, although his season is over and he’s expected to be placed on Injured Reserve later this week.

Agholor said on Wednesday that his knee injury has been an issue much longer than he had let on.

The Eagles also listed Jalen Mills (elbow) and Jordan Howard as limited, which means they would have participated in parts of practice if there were one.

Howard has missed four games but has been listed as limited throughout his shoulder injury since he’s cleared for non-contact drills but not contact.

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Nelson Agholor gives less-than-encouraging update on his knee injury

Nelson Agholor gives less-than-encouraging update on his knee injury

Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor, who has missed two of the Eagles’ last three games with a knee injury, is unsure if he’ll be able to play on Sunday in Washington. 

When asked if his knee is getting better, Agholor gave a less than encouraging — and a conflicting — response. 

“I’m in a position right now where it’s kind of a stalemate,” Agholor said. “It’s taking its course. It’s getting better.”

When asked if he’ll practice this week, Agholor said he’d leave that question for the coaching staff. On a short week, the Eagles’ first practice of the week is Thursday. 

Agholor, 26, said his hope is that he will be able to avoid offseason surgery to repair his knee injury. 

While it appeared Agholor hurt his knee on that play in the back of the end zone against the Patriots, that just made it worse. Agholor on Wednesday revealed that this injury dates back months to nearly Week 6 against Minnesota on Oct. 13.

Against New England over a month later, Agholor slammed his right knee in the back of the end zone with a minute left against the Patriots. 

“And that made it worse and little bit more uncomfortable,” said Agholor, who immediately grabbed the knee after the play. “I’ve been trying to keep going as much as I can.”

Agholor missed the next week’s game against the Seahawks. He returned against the Dolphins and experienced more discomfort. He was then unable to play last week against the Giants.  

While Agholor hasn’t had a good season, the Eagles could really use him this weekend. They lost Alshon Jeffery for the season on Monday night and finished that game with just one healthy receiver.

This season, Agholor is getting paid $9.4 million on a fifth-year option but will be a free agent after the season finishes. This has been a disappointing season for Agholor, but he claims his pending free-agent status isn’t playing a role as he tries to get back on the field. He’s just trying to get healthy and come back. 

The Eagles were supposed to have a strong receiving corps this season with DeSean Jackson, Jeffery and Agholor being the top three. Well … Jackson is on IR, Jeffery is about to join him and Agholor has been hurt and hasn’t played well even when he’s been on the field. 

“That’s how it was written and it would have been beautiful if that’s the way it played out,” Agholor said. “Things happen in this league. In my case, I’m just trying to get healthy so I can at least help these guys finish up strong.”

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