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Eagles vs. Cowboys Final Injury Report: Lane Johnson will start, 5 players ruled out

Week 8 game status updates.

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The Philadelphia Eagles issued their third and final official injury report on Friday in advance of their Week 8 Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles ruled four players OUT: Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Jack Driscoll, and Craig James.

Sanders is missing his second straight game. The Eagles will hope he can return in Week 10 after their bye. With Sanders out, Boston Scott will be Philly’s top running back. Scott could be primed for a good game on the ground with the Cowboys’ defense allowing a league-high 5.2 yards per rush attempt. Corey Clement and Jason Huntley will also see some touches.

Jeffery is missing his eighth straight game. The Eagles could’ve just put him on the PUP list before Week 1 but they’ve instead wasted a roster spot for half the season. Smart.

LeBlanc being out is a surprise since he entered the week healthy. He was added to the injury report on Thursday, though, which indicates he got hurt in practice. Losing Strap leaves the Eagles with just three healthy cornerbacks on the 53-man roster: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox (back in his first start since getting hurt), and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Driscoll is missing his second straight game. His absence hurts the Eagles’ depth at right tackle.

James is missing his fourth game this season. The special teams co-captain being out hurts Dave Fipp’s unit and the Eagles’ cornerback depth.

Nathan Gerry and Genard Avery were placed on injured reserve on Friday afternoon.

Lane Johnson, Malik Jackson, Vinny Curry, and K’Von Wallace were listed without game statuses after fully practicing on Friday. They’ll all set to play this week.

Johnson will start at right tackle. But will he be able to last long into the game? He hasn’t played 100% of the Eagles’ snaps since Week 3. He seems bound to miss time. If he gets hurt and Jordan Mailata doesn’t start at left tackle, it’ll likely be Mailata filling in for Johnson.

Jackson was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he’s good to play. That’s a positive development since Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are the only two other healthy defensive tackles on the 53-man roster. Philly could also look to elevate T.Y. McGill or Raequan Williams from the practice squad for this week’s game.

Curry was back today after missing Thursday due to “illness.”

Wallace has been full go all week. Good to get the rookie back for rotational contributions on defense and special teams snaps.

Jalen Reagor, Jason Peters, T.J. Edwards, Dallas Goedert, and Rudy Ford aren’t listed on the final injury report since they’re still officially on injured reserve.

They’re all eligible to be activated for this week’s game. But with the Eagles only opening four roster spots so far, one player (Goedert?) might be out for another week.

Reagor has reportedly been cleared to play so it’ll be exciting to see the Eagles’ 2020 first-round pick in the starting lineup along with Travis Fulgham. Would be nice to see the young duo do some damage the Cowboys’ eminently vulnerable defense.

Peters seems slated to start at left tackle and that’s pretty annoying if it means Mailata is heading back to the bench. Peters was really struggling prior to getting hurt so it’s hard to envision him being much better than Mailata. Even if that was the case, the Eagles should be more focused on playing their potential left tackle of the future than trying to get a marginal upgrade to win a terrible division at all costs.

Edwards will be in line for plenty of playing time with Gerry out for at least three games. His exact role remains to be seen but he could be a top two linebacker along with either Alex Singleton or Duke Riley.

Goedert isn’t a sure bet to return this week. He might not be back until after the bye. At least, that’s what previous report indicated.

Ford’s potential return is a boost for the Eagles special teams unit and their safety depth.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)

OUT

OT Jack Driscoll (ankle)
CB Craig James (hamstring)
WR Alshon Jeffery (calf)
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc (quadricep)
RB Miles Sanders (knee)

...

RESERVE/INJURED

DE Genard Avery
OT Andre Dillard
LB T.J. Edwards (designated for return)
TE Zach Ertz
S Rudy Ford (designated for return)
LB Nathan Gerry
TE Dallas Goedert (designated for return)
WR DeSean Jackson
TE Josh Perkins
OT Jason Peters (designated for return)
WR Jalen Reagor (designated for return)
DT Hassan Ridgeway
OG Isaac Seumalo

RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM

OG Brandon Brooks

RESERVE/RETIRED

LB Jatavis Brown

RESERVE/OPT-OUT

WR Marquise Goodwin


DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY REPORT (FRIDAY)

With Andy Dalton officially doubtful, the Cowboys are set to start rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci at quarterback. DiNucci only played three snaps in his NFL debut against Washington last week. He looked kinda shook out there. The Eagles need to be able to destroy him.

DOUBTFUL

Andy Dalton (concussion)

...

RESERVE/INJURED

CB Chidobe Awuzie (designated for return)
OT La’el Collins
DT Trysten Hill
OT Mitch Hyatt
TE Blake Jarwin
LB Azur Kamara
OT Brandon Knight
LB Sean Lee (designated for return)
C Joe Looney (designated for return)
QB Dak Prescott
OT Tyron Smith

RESERVE/OPT-OUT

CB Maurice Canady
WR Stephen Guidry
FB Jamize Olawale