"If he's able to go, that will be a big boost for our offense."
That was Head Coach Nick Sirianni's reaction on Friday when asked about the status of Lane Johnson for this Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. The All-Pro tackle exited the first quarter of last Sunday's game against the New York Jets with an ankle injury. After fully participating in practice on Friday, Johnson is good to go for Sunday.
The Eagles will be without starting safety Reed Blankenship (ribs) and slot cornerback Bradley Roby (shoulder). Both players incurred their injuries against the Jets.
Everyone else is available to suit up on Sunday.
Defensive tackle Jalen Carter (ankle) will return to action after missing the Jets game. He, tight end Dallas Goedert (groin), and wide receiver DeVonta Smith (hamstring) were all limited on Friday, but they have no game status designation.
Rookie safety Sydney Brown is ready to go for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury against the Buccaneers. Cornerbacks Eli Ricks (knee) and Darius Slay (knee) fully practiced on Friday. Slay missed the game against the Jets. Defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (triceps) is back in the lineup, as he and fellow defensive tackle Milton Williams (ankle) were full participants on Friday.
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All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) returned to practice this week in a limited capacity as Miami is ramping up his activity. He will not, however, play this Sunday against the Eagles.
Four players are listed as questionable – fellow starting cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), fullback Alec Ingold (foot), cornerback Nik Needham (Achilles), and center Connor Williams (groin).
Howard, Ingold, and Williams were limited in practice all week. Needham was a full participant on Friday.
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Thursday's injury report
Great news for the Eagles as tackle Lane Johnson (ankle) and wide receiver DeVonta Smith (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity after both would have been sidelined on Wednesday – the team held a walkthrough yesterday.
"I'm feeling good. Getting better," Smith said after practice. "You ain't got to worry about me. I'll be out there."
Only safety Reed Blankenship (ribs) and cornerback Bradley Roby (shoulder) missed practice.
Defensive tackle Jalen Carter (ankle) and tight end Dallas Goedert (groin) were limited, along with Johnson and Smith.
Cornerback Darius Slay was a full participant on Thursday. Slay missed last Sunday's game against the Jets with a knee injury.
"We're getting there," Slay said. "We're doing good, man."
Slay, a team captain, was confident in whomever may have to step up with the injuries to Blankenship and Roby. Rookie safety Sydney Brown has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, but said on Wednesday that he will be back for the Dolphins game.
"We trust everyone that's in that room that we can get the job done," Slay said.
Brown was a full participant on Thursday along with cornerback Eli Ricks (knee) and defensive tackles Marlon Tuipulotu (triceps) and Milton Williams (ankle).
Update from Miami: Reserve running back Chris Brooks (ankle/knee) is the only Dolphin who did not practice both Wednesday and Thursday. Reserve linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel was added to the injury report Thursday with an illness.
Starting cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), fullback Alec Ingold (foot), and center Connor Williams (groin) returned to practice on Thursday in a limited capacity.
Wednesday's injury report
The Eagles held a walkthrough on Wednesday, so the team's injury report was an estimation.
If the Eagles practiced, four starters would not have participated – safety Reed Blankenship (ribs), tackle Lane Johnson (ankle), cornerback Bradley Roby (shoulder), and wide receiver DeVonta Smith (hamstring).
Blankenship, Johnson, and Roby all exited Sunday's game against the Jets. Smith played all but one offensive snap.
When asked specifically about Johnson, who left the game on the Eagles' opening drive, Sirianni answered: "Lane is doing everything he can do to get ready to play. Obviously, we haven't been out on the field and running and cutting or doing anything like that. We'll see how it progresses.
"I'll let you ask him how he feels and everything like that. I would never count Lane Johnson out, that's for sure. He's tough. He's one of the best players in the NFL and he's tough as heck. So, we'll see how it goes."
Four other players would have been limited Wednesday, but the good news is that two of those players – defensive tackle Jalen Carter (ankle) and cornerback Darius Slay (knee) – were sidelined in practice by the end of last week.
Two other players who have missed multiple games – safety Sydney Brown (hamstring) and defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (triceps) – would have been full participants on Wednesday.
"I'm ready to go this week," Brown said.
Dolphins starting CB misses practice
No, not Jalen Ramsey. He was limited as he inches toward a return from a knee injury, but he is not going to play Sunday against the Eagles.
Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard was sidelined Wednesday with a groin injury. Same with starting center Connor Williams, who is also dealing with a groin injury. Fullback Alec Ingold missed practice as he has been hampered by a foot injury.