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More on #Eagles OT Lane Johnson: My understanding is this high-ankle sprain he was battling is something that will make it difficult for him to play. He’s going to do everything he can and will test it pre-game. But he has an uphill battle. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is his backup.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2018
Johnson sustained a high ankle sprain that will greatly limit him come game time-- if he can play at all. The All-Pro tackle is doing everything in his power to get ready for Thursday matchup against the G-Men, but if not, Halapoulivaati Vaitai will have to be ready to go.
This is discouraging news for an Eagles offense that is currently 25th out of 32 teams in points scored. With QB Carson Wentz trying to get into a groove as he returns from last year's devastating ACL injury, losing the guy who protects his blind side is anything but ideal.
Eagles at Giants tonight, and it should be noted: No team in the NFC East is currently above .500, all four teams have a negative point differential, and their combined win percentage (.368) is the worst of any division this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2018
Not your father’s NFC East...
Still, it's worth remembering that Philadelphia is playing the lowly Giants on Thursday night, which isn't supposed to be a difficult task. This game will tell us a lot about where the Eagles are as a team entering the middle portion of the season. Should they prevail, a playoff bid is certainly still a solid possibility. A loss against Big Blue, however, would inch Doug Pederson's squad a bit closer to panic mode.