Eagles practice projections: Dallas Goedert, Jason Kelce, Derek Barnett all would have been absent

Posted on October 11, 2021

The Eagles have released their Monday injury report. Since today’s practice was simply a walkthrough due to the team set to play on Thursday night, all of the injuries are just estimations.

Among the players listed are Derek Barnett (DNP), Dallas Goedert (DNP), Lane Johnson (DNP), Jason Kelce (DNP), Jordan Mailata (LP), and Landon Dickerson (LP).

Barnett’s Absence Could Be Another Hit To The DL

Barnett, out with an ankle injury, just had his (statistically) best game of the season against the Panthers. He totaled two QB hits and three combined tackles while playing in 70% of defensive snaps (his second highest snap count of the season). Plus, no penalties!

Since Brandon Graham’s season-ending injury, the Eagles have had to rely on Barnett much more. While the 25-year-old certainly has his flaws (he has yet to log a single sack in five games this season), the defensive line would undoubtedly be worse without him.

(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

If Barnett is held out of Thursday’s game, Josh Sweat will be looked to step up even more than he already has. Additionally, Ryan Kerrigan would take Barnett’s spot in the starting lineup.

The 33-year-old Kerrigan just logged his first and only stat of the season, a solo tackle, in yesterday’s game despite playing in 137 total snaps thus far. Definitely a disappointing veteran addition.

Goedert Held Out With Illness After Disappointing Afternoon

Goedert was held out with an illness on Monday following a disappoint outing. That’s probably the least worrying injury listed on the report, and Goedert should be good to go Thursday barring another development.

Against Carolina, Goedert had just 28 yards on two receptions. While the tight end had 21 more yards than Zach Ertz did, Goedert was also targeted 50% less than Ertz, who had six targets. Goedert played 67% of offensive snaps.

Both tight ends have been greatly inconsistent this season, although the Eagles haven’t done a great job of utilizing Goedert (as evident his low targets). Hopefully he’ll get more looks and subsequent yardage if he suits up in a few days.

Offense Line Still Dealing With Multiple Bruises, But Nothing Too Serious

The OL continues to see players on the injury report. Johnson is still out due to a personal reason that has yet to be revealed. While Nick Sirianni mentioned that Johnson won’t be out for the season, it doesn’t sound like the right tackle will be returning to play against the Bucs (or even in the following weeks).

Sirianni also mentioned how Dickerson tweaked his ankle, although he would have been a full participant today and should be good to go on Thursday night. Regardless of his ailment or participation, it’s always going to be worrying to see him on any injury report considering his lengthy history when it comes to his health.

Mailata and Kelce should be good to go as well. Losing Kelce, who would have rested today, would be without question the biggest loss the line could possibly suffer.

The long-time center is having an insanely terrific year, and the position would be downgraded further in his absence due to Dickerson having to play at guard. Kelce played 100% of offensive snaps against the Panthers.

Meanwhile, Mailata, who played in his first game since Sept. 19, did well Sunday considering the team moved him to right tackle– despite giving him a large contract to play left. Hopefully he’ll take his back mantle on the right side Thursday.

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