The mysterious “personal matter” surrounding Lane Johnson is still ongoing. The right-to-start tackle will miss its third game in a row Football on Thursday evening (October 14th). Jordan Mailata is expected to start there.
The Philadelphia Eagles released theirs final injury report before their matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. Johnson was the only player excluded from the game. Defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) and center Jason Kelce (foot / rest) were “full participants” for a second straight day after showing up “restricted” earlier in the week.
Ditto for Landon Dickerson swing protection. The rookie is likely to make another start with the left guard. The Eagles’ offensive line should have Andre Dillard on the left tackle, Dickerson on the left guard, Kelce in the middle, Jack Driscoll on the right guard, and Mailata on the right tackle. Remember, Brandon Brooks is on the casualty reserve and Isaac Seumalo is out for the year.
Head coach Nick Sirianni names “connect” as one of his five core principles. And that includes guys advancing in games due to injury or falling behind, like they did in Carolina last week. The Eagles met each other’s eyes and rallied to win.
“You will fight a little harder even if you think you can’t fight any harder, but you will fight a little harder for the guys you care about and love,” Sirianni told reporters. “And that’s definitely what you see, and that’s why we’re trying to build up as much as possible. Because you don’t want to let anyone do it. “
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Tight end Dallas Goedert remains on the reserve / COVID-19 list. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out for week 6. The fourth year player had to take two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart to be unlocked. The kick-off is scheduled for October 14th at 8:20 p.m.
The three-time pro bowler Zach Ertz is about to start if Goedert cannot compete. And the undrafted rookie Jack Stoll would serve as the primary backup in this scenario. The Eagles also protected Noah Toigai on the training team. Sirianni expressed his trust in Ertz and Stoll during his media presence on October 13th.
“Zach is ready to go. We know we have two really good tight ends, ”said Sirianni. “And Zach will be ready to go. And Jack Stoll, we are happy that Jack Stoll can also play. “
Tom Brady will lead the Buccaneers offense despite a right thumb injury. His status was never really in question, though the protective cover on his hand caused some panic in Tampa Bay. He is good to go.
All-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) is officially out against Philadelphia. The same applies to two starters in the defense of Tampa Bay: Linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and Safety Antoine Winfield (concussion). Three other players – C Ryan Jensen (hip), DL Patrick O’Connor (calf), OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder / hand) – exercised fully, but drew the label “questionable”.