Will Eagles' Johnson play this weekend? 'Count on it,' he says

By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 1:10 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Eagles say they plan on increasing practice time for some injured players this week. Lane Johnson is one of those guys, and he says he expects to play against the Rams on Sunday. 

The Eagles Pro Bowl Right Tackle missed last weekend's loss to Washington because of an ankle injury. The Eagles really needed him, as the offense struggled in the second half.

On Derrick Gunn's "Gunn on One" podcast, Johnson said, "I wanna be out there, D. Gunn. I wanna be out there, so count on it."

Pulling Johnson was a game-time decision last week after his recent ankle surgery. He told Gunn his chances to have played against Washington were a long shot.

"In a perfect world, we were talking about getting back this week," he said.

Johnson said the injury is something he’s been dealing with for a while, and he finally got surgery a couple of weeks ago. 

"It was something that I was working through," he said. "I felt fine going into camp, and then — one of those things in the scrimmage, where it got nicked up and then had to be cleaned up."

The Eagles are in bounce-back mode as they get ready for Sunday’s game at the Linc against the Rams. Coach Doug Pederson said the team must take both the positives and negatives from last Sunday’s loss as they move forward.“I think you can always lean back on the good, the bad, and, you know, use that as some motivation moving forward. We know we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to coach better," he said.

Carson Wentz has had a chance to digest what went wrong, and the quarterback says the mental mistakes were the most frustrating part of the defeat.“It wasn’t a lot of physical mistakes as much as just communication and some breakdowns that we’ve got to get situated," Wentz said. "And like I said earlier, I’ve got to take better care of the ball and get rid of the ball. I’m looking forward to bouncing back personally. I know this offense is as well."Wentz was sacked eight times in the Washington loss, but Pederson is hoping to have Johnson back.“As far as the game goes on Sunday, we’ve got some time. We’re optimistic that Lane can play. If not, then Jack Driscoll gets another opportunity to start.”

Pederson is optimistic Lane Johnson will play Sunday, says Jack Driscoll would start again if Johnson can’t play.#Eagles

— Ed Benkin (@EdBenkin) September 16, 2020

It won’t get any easier on Sunday. Lining up on the L.A. defensive line will be Aaron Donald, who is one of the best players in the NFL at his position.“He’s a monster," Wentz said. "Everyone knows it. Everyone around the league knows the type of player he is and how he can really disrupt an offensive game plan."Wentz says he has confidence in his younger receivers but understands it will still take time to have the right chemistry on game days.

Running back Miles Sanders and defensive end Derek Barnett are also hoping to return on Sunday after missing last week’s opener.

Doug Pederson says he expects Miles Sanders, Derek Barnett and Lane Johnson to practice today, says Brandon Graham is still in concussion protocol.#Eagles

— Ed Benkin (@EdBenkin) September 16, 2020

On Tuesday, the Eagles put defensive end Vinny Curry and corner Craig James on injured reserve after getting hurt over the weekend. They need to sit out at least three games.

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KYW Newsradio's Ed Benkin contributed to this report.