Left tackle Jason Peters left Sunday’s game at Washington with an injured quadriceps muscle. He did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday.
Right tackle Lane Johnson injured his left knee and left ankle during the game. He remained in the lineup, he said later, “because we ain’t got nobody else.”
Johnson was a candidate to replace Peters at left tackle if Peters was unable to play. But his inability to practice earlier in the week made that unlikely.
“It’s tough to put a lot on his plate,” coach Chip Kelly said. “We’ll just monitor that as we go.”
Johnson and Peters both got through Thursday’s full practice. Peters said he expected to play against the Saints and wasn’t worried about having to leave the game early again.
“I’m not worried,” Peters said. “I am who I am.”
Johnson said earlier in the week that the offensive line had “dug a hole” for the rest of the team. He was determined to play in order to help the line correct mistakes and get the 1-3 Eagles headed in the right direction.
“J.P. practiced today,” Johnson said. “I guess he’s feeling a lot better. I’m feeling a lot better. So we’ll go out there and hopefully get the job done.”
“We’re in a slump,” Peters said, “but we’re not far off from where we’re supposed to be.”
Peters was one of several players who went down early in Sunday’s game at Washington. That puts a particular strain on the coaches and other players. If an injured player isn’t available, he can be inactive for the game and another, healthier player can dress in his place.
“We had a couple guys that just went for a couple of plays on Sunday,” Coach Chip Kelly said. “You can’t then re-sub and say, ‘Hey, we need to activate somebody else.’ You have to live with it, so we'll have to make some determinations as we get to Sunday.”
That makes the decision on whether to play tricky for some players.
“Most of our backups are hurt,” Johnson said. “We have some guys backing the guard spots. At tackle, we’re kind of limited. So we really don’t have a choice.”