Status of several Eagles remains up in the air for Sunday's playoff game

Ed Benkin
January 03, 2020 - 6:54 pm
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones (22) runs back an interception against New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Injures have decimated the Eagles in recent weeks, and how many healthy bodies they have for Sunday's playoff game remains to be seen.

The Eagles already know they will be without the likes of Brandon Brooks and Ronald Darby. The team also announced Friday Nelson Agholor will be sidelined once again with a knee injury. 

The status of the likes of Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz are still unknown and may not be announced until the team gets closer to kickoff. Even if Johnson and Ertz can play, there will be plenty of young faces in the lineup on Sunday. 

Coach Doug Pederson talked about the best way to prepare the players who are getting their first taste of the playoffs.

"It's a playoff game," said Pederson. "But I think we've kind of understood that here, the last month of the season, that these games have all been kind of playoff games for us. Everything gets a little more magnified. The intensity, sense of urgency, the fans. There is a lot that kind of ramps up in games like this, and that's what makes it exciting." 

The Eagles did receive some good news on the injury front on Friday. 

Running back Miles Sanders is set to go for Sunday's game after leaving last week's contest with an ankle injury. Sanders did not practice until Friday but declared himself good to go and prepared for a full workload.

"I'm feeling good," Sanders said. "I got a chance to go out there and run a little bit. I started doing dynamic warmup stuff this morning and just took it on the field. I feel pretty good. Nobody's 100% this point of the season."

Ertz is far from 100% as he continues to deal with a rib injury. Johnson is trying to make his way back after dealing with a high ankle sprain the past few weeks. Matt Pryor is set to step in at right guard for Brooks and could still be a starter on Sunday even if Johnson is back at right tackle. 

For Pryor, it's business as usual despite the pressure of the postseason.

"Everybody wants to play," said Pryor. "It's just really just being ready if your name is called and doing the best you can. Prepare like a starter just in case a situation like this happens."

Center Jason Kelce has seen several different offensive lineman lined up next to him throughout the season. 

He's has been impressed with how some of the back-up have stepped in when called upon and believes the communication process has been made easier with game experience. The veteran isn't minimizing the loss of the likes of Brooks and Johnson, but he believes the Eagles have the depth to overcome their injury issues.

"We're not going to replace Brandon Brooks," Kelce said. "It's impossible to do that. He's the best offensive lineman in the NFL. Lane Johnson, if he can go, is the best tackle in the NFL. We would love to have him. We're fortunate enough to be deep to be able to handle situations like this."