Eagles injury report: DeVonta Smith & Lane Johnson return to practice as Philly’s fortunes finally change

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) catches the ball and runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Eagles have released their second injury report ahead of this week’s primetime clash against the Miami Dolphins and there is finally some good news!

Eagles finally catch a break

After surprisingly missing practice yesterday due to a hamstring injury, Eagles WR DeVonta Smith was back in a limited capacity on Thursday. The third-year wideout struggled against the Jets and it’s likely that he was being hampered by a hamstring injury. The good news is that it’s clearly not serious and he’s already back working with the team.

Lane Johnson was also a limited participant on Wendesday’s practice. It was reported by Derrick Gunn that he will indeed return in time for the clash against Miami, which is crazy when you think about it. Johnson left the loss against New York with what was later revealed as a High Ankle Sprain and was relieved by Jack Driscoll, who struggled in his place. Getting Johnson back for a game as big as this would be an unbelievable turnaround in fortunes.

Reed Blankenship missed practice for the second straight day, which is concerning. The Eagles’ safety has been one of the teams’ biggest playmakers this season on a starter-starved defense and although Sydney Brown returned to practice in a full capacity, the position remains light on talent. If Blankenship is out for Sunday, it’s bad news considering how dangerous the high-octane Dolphins offense has been this year.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 12: Philadelphia Eagles safety Reed Blankenship (46) warms up during pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles on August 12, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Jalen Carter practiced in a limited capacity while Milton Williams was upgraded to a full participant. The Eagles missed Carter massively in the loss to the Jets, with the Georgia product having a dominant campaign during his rookie year. The team has also lacked DT depth over the last few weeks, with numerous players missing time. Getting Williams and Cox back alongside Jordan Davis will at least give them a sturdy rotation, while Carter’s return would be obviously huge for the team.

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AP Photo/Matt Slocum