The Philadelphia Eagles are dealing with a lot of injury issues on the offensive line. Three out of the team's five starters sat out of Tuesday's practice. These injuries could force the Eagles to get creative when it comes to figuring out their starting offensive line for Sunday's game against the Saints.
According to Chip Kelly, one contingency option the Eagles are considering is playing Lane Johnson at left tackle. Eagles starting left tackle Jason Peters left the team's game against Washington early and his status is up in the air for this week. Matt Tobin has previously filled in for Peters at left tackle when the veteran has had to come out of the game, but Johnson might prepare as the starter this week.
One problem, however, is that Johnson hasn't been able to practice this week yet either. During his Wednesday press conference, Kelly said Johnson was expected to be a limited participant in practice. Johnson was not seen practicing with the team on Wednesday, but the Eagles' right tackle said he expects to play through his MCL sprain and ankle injury this week.
Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has said in the past that he feels the Eagles have "two left tackles" with Peters and Johnson on the roster. He won't be 100%, but Johnson might get his first career shot at left tackle this weekend.
If Johnson moves over to left tackle, it could be Tobin or Dennis Kelly who takes over at right tackle. Whoever doesn't end up playing right tackle will end up starting at right guard. Therefore, the Eagles' starting offensive line against New Orleans could look like this:
Left tackle: Lane Johnson
Left guard: Allen Barbre
Center: Jason Kelce
Right guard: Matt Tobin
Right tackle: Dennis Kelly
If both Johnson and Peters can't play, which would be a disaster, the team might be forced to kick Tobin out to left tackle again and plug in Josh Andrews at guard. Andrews, an undrafted free agent in 2014, has never logged a career snap on offense.
This offensive line situation is far from ideal. Even when the Eagles were healthy, they weren't playing very well up front. Now players are out and some others are being moved around. It's going to be really tough for Philadelphia's offense to get back on track.