Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out for most of training camp. He reportedly underwent surgery on his ankle last month.
After losing to Andre Dillard (Biceps) and Brandon Brooks (Akilis) before the season began, the Eagles are now down to three starting offensive linemen.
Without Johnson, the Eagles do not have many great options. They could only properly cast Jack Driscoll or Jordan Melta. Or they could take Prior to right tackle and put Nate Herbig in the lineup at right guard.
According to ESPN, the Eagles will correctly plug directly into the rookie. And according to Philadelphia Inquirer, Nate Herbig will be at right guard. This means that Matt Prior will be on the bench.
This looks like what makes an OL:
LT: Jason Peters
LG: Isaac Semalo
C: Jason Kelce
RG: Nate Herbig
RT: Jack Driscoll
Four Eagles were dismissed before Sunday morning and then Johnson is the fifth injured player. Here are the Eagles passive players:
- Miles Sanders (hamstring)
- Derek Barnett (hamstring)
- Javon Haragwe (Pectoral, Hamstring)
- Alshon Jeffrey (foot)
- Len Johnson (ankle)
- Trap hurts
- Casey Tohill
Without Johnson, the Eagles also have minimal depth on their offensive line. Today his backup will feature Jordan Melta, Matt Prior and Sua Opeta.
There are new rules for the number of active players on game days. In previous years, teams were allowed just 46 active players for the Games. This year, the number is up to 48, as long as eight offensive linemen are active and it is 47 for teams with fewer than eight OLFs.
The Eagles have just three active running backs without Sanders on Sunday: Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Jason Huntley. And Clement dealt with a quad injury during the week, which forced him to be a limited participant in Thursday’s practice. Expect Scott to start.
Without Barnett, Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time in Week 1 each.
Both practice lineman Sua Opeta and defensive tackle Tackle Tigill have been active with the practice squad before the 4pm deadline on Saturday evening.
With Hurts inactive, that means the Eagles have just two quarterbacks – Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld – active for the game. Those people will have to wait about a package or two for Hearts.