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Eagles Get Bad News on Alshon Johnson Injury Update, Good News on Lane Johnson

Jason Schandl
The Philadelphia Eagles got a great update about tackle Lane Johnson's ankle injury.
The Philadelphia Eagles got a great update about tackle Lane Johnson's ankle injury. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

It's no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles' offense has struggled this season, and a big part of that has been due to injuries. They got some mixed news on that front ahead of their Week 7
Thursday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants.

First the bad news: they'll still likely be playing without Alshon Jeffery.

DeSean Jackson is set to return, but with tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert both on the shelf, they're still going to be without many receiving options. Travis Fulgham has stepped up big over the last few games (a combined 284 yards and 3 touchdowns since Week 4), and he will need to continue to produce big numbers if Philly wants to move the ball through the air.

The next big of injury news should help the passing game, however. Carson Wentz may finally be getting some more time to throw the ball.

Johnson is probably not going to be back at 100 percent after sitting out in Week 6, but even playing in a limited capacity should improve this offensive line. Pro Football Focus gives Johnson an 80.9 pass-blocking grade this season, crediting him with just one QB hit allowed in 152 pass blocking snaps.

That will make a big difference, as Wentz has already been sacked 25 times in six games.

The Eagles may only be 1-4-1 to start the season, but the NFC East has been very weak this year, and a Week 7 win would keep them in contention for first place in the division.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Eagles as 4.5-point favorites on Thursday Night Football, and they are only slight +140 underdogs to win the NFC East in 2020.

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