The Philadelphia Eagles need to be going in the opposite direction than they are in terms of not just winning, but health. The reigning Super Bowl champions sit at 2-3 thus far, good for third place in the NFC East. Things clearly have not gone according to plan in 2018 for Philly, and more adversity is due to follow. Per insider Ian Rapoport, offensive tackle Lane Johnson may not be able to go on Thursday night against the arch-rival Giants.

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.

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.