Philadelphia Eagles make decisions on two starting offensive linemen

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We’re less than 48 hours away from the Philadelphia Eagles‘ fifth game of the season, one that pits them against a game Carolina Panthers squad. There are questions that need to be answered, some of which seemingly, pop up every week. What’s wrong with Fletcher Cox? Why won’t Jonathan Gannon take one of those linebackers off of the field and play some ‘dime’ coverage? Is Nick Sirianni over his head?

Here are a few questions that we’ve been asking all week ahead of Week 5’s game? Is Christian McCaffrey going to play or not? Where is Lane Johnson and will he be able to play on Sunday? How long will it be before Jordan Mailata is active?

Well, we may not know the answer to that first question yet, though it feels like McCaffrey is indeed a go for Sunday. He’s been practicing with his Carolina Panthers teammates, albeit in a limited capacity. We do, however, know the answers to those last two questions.

Philadelphia Eagles make roster decisions on Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson

On the Friday leading up to Week 5’s game, as is customary during the season, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni sat with members of the media for a few moments to discuss the upcoming game.

the Philadelphia Eagles made decisions on two of their starting offensive linemen. Lane Johnson is out. Jordan Mailata will play.

Johnson, as most of you know, has been out for the Birds since Week 4’s game versus the Kansas City Chiefs as he’s been dealing with a personal matter. He returned to the NovaCare Complex on Friday but won’t play. Sirianni, when asked, declined to give any details on who would start in his place. Jack Driscoll maybe?

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Mailata returned to Eagles practice on Wednesday. He was wearing a knee brace and has been practicing in a limited capacity. He is a go for Sunday. Just in case anyone is wondering Jason Kelce, after being given a rest day on Wednesday, was a full participant at practice on Thursday.

That’s good news for the Eagles offensive line. The band may not be back together yet, at least not totally, but some of the guys are hanging out and singing a few notes together.