The following seven Eagles players have been ruled INACTIVE: Lane Johnson, Miles Sanders, Derek Barnett, Javon Hargrave, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Hurts, and Casey Toohill.
The big news is that Lane Johnson is INACTIVE. The Eagles are seriously playing their first game without projected starters at left tackle (Andre Dillard), right guard (Brandon Brooks), and now right tackle. Cool stuff! The Eagles could be going with Nate Herbig, who’s never started before, at right guard and Matt Pryor at right tackle. Or Pryor at right guard and rookie Jack Driscoll at right tackle. Pretty concerning going against Washington’s deep defensive line. UPDATE: The Eagles are going with Driscoll at right tackle and Herbig at right guard. Unexpected combo of two players making their first NFL starts. Yikes!
Rookie Jack Driscoll slated to start at right tackle, I’m told.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 13, 2020
Rookie Jack Driscoll will start at RT, Nate Herbig at RG, per NFL source. #Eagles very inexperienced on the right flank.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 13, 2020
Sanders, Barnett, Hargrave, and Jeffery were all ruled out heading into Sunday’s game. No surprises there.
Boston Scott and Corey Clement figure to split running back touches with Sanders out. Scott could receive the majority of them but don’t sleep on Clement having a significant role. It’s hard to imagine new addition Jason Huntley playing much on offense after only joining the team several days ago.
Barnett’s absence means Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry will both see increased playing time.
The Eagles should be able to handle Hargrave being out since they still have Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Hassan Ridgeway. They also called up veteran T.Y. McGill to be the fourth defensive tackle.
With Jeffery out, the Eagles have six active receivers: DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor (as expected), Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and John Hightower. Reagor and JJAW might split snaps at X while Jackson starts at Z and Ward lines up in the slot.
Jalen Hurts, the No. 53 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft, is a healthy scratch. So the Eagles clearly won’t be using him in any kind of gimmick role. Nate Sudfeld is the backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz.
Rookie defensive end Casey Toohill is also a healthy scratch despite clearly outperforming Genard Avery in training camp.
Philadelphia Eagles Inactive List
OT Lane Johnson - Injury.
RB Miles Sanders - Injury.
DE Derek Barnett - Injury.
DT Javon Hargrave - Injury.
WR Alshon Jeffery - Injury.
QB Jalen Hurts - Third quarterback.
DE Casey Toohill - Sixth defensive end.
Washington Football Team Inactive List
Washington is going to be without starting cornerback Kendall Fuller, who was ruled doubtful on the final injury report.
QB Alex Smith
CB Kendall Fuller
RB Bryce Love
LB Thomas Davis Sr.
OT David Sharpe
OT Saahdiq Charles