Eagles injury update: Some less than encouraging news about Lane Johnson’s ankle
Some less than encouraging news about Lane Johnson's ankle originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Doug Pederson gave some kind of threatening update on Lane Johnson's surgically repaired left ankle Monday afternoon.
"In Lane Johnson's case, I'm waiting," said Pederson. "Medically, we're waiting for the second opinion. There are still some reports on Lane, so I don't have an update on him yet."
Sure, sometimes second opinions reveal good news. The fact that one was required for an ankle that needed surgery before the start of this season doesn't sound promising, however.
The 30-year-old Johnson came out after just 39 offensive snaps from Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. And unlike the week before, he couldn't return.
Since Johnson played all 91 snaps in the game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27, he's only played 76 of 121 snaps (62.8%). In his place, the fourth lap rookie, Jack Driscoll, came on.
Obviously, if Johnson had to shut down for an extended period of time, it would be a huge loss. It would only give the Eagles one scheduled starter for the 2020 season:
LT: Jordan Mailata
LG: Nate Herbig
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Matt Pryor
RT: Jack Driscoll
This is very different from the line the Eagles expected in the 2020 season. The projected line should be a great strength:
LT: Andre Dillard
LG: Isaac Seumalo
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Brandon Brooks
RT: Lane Johnson
Johnson was ready to play without surgery until he injured his left ankle again during the Eagles scrimmage that summer. He was walking a tightrope that he expected would finally fix an injury from the 2018 season.
That hasn't exactly worked so far. After missing the opener, Johnson thought his ankle would get stronger as the season progressed, but that obviously wasn't the case. After the San Francisco game, Johnson said the problem was a cyst that he needed to drain. This did not solve the problem.
Some other injury information:
Cornerback Darius Slay suffered a concussion on Sunday and is on the NFL's concussion log. That means, of course, that there is a chance he will miss the upcoming game against the Ravens. However, it is possible for the players to clear the log within a week. Brandon Graham did it earlier this season. All concussions are different.
Linebacker Duke Riley left the game on Sunday, but Pederson said Riley is fine.
Pederson is "hopeful" that DeSean Jackson (thigh) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) are training this week. Jackson missed the last two games and Jeffery hasn't played this season.
"We have to make sure these two guys are healthy first, right, # 1," said Pederson. "Make sure they are 100 percent involved."
There's also the added level of trying to get these two veterans back on the line-up without disrupting the chemistry Carson Wentz has formed with a few other receivers, namely Travis Fulgham, who has played great over the past two weeks.
If Jeffery doesn't come back this week, the Eagles will have wasted a roster seat on him because he could have been on PUP. If Jackson doesn't come back this week, the Eagles will have wasted a roster seat on him because he could have been on IR.
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