By Kevin McGuire
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line is banged up heading into this weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Offensive tackle Jason Peters has been listed as questionable. Tackles Lane Johnson and Allen Barbre are listed as probable, but the pains on the offensive line are just the beginning for the Eagles this week. On defense, linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso are each out this weekend.
Peters is proceeding with caution with a quadricep injury. As a result, he did not practice with the team on Wednesday, but was able to put in full practices the rest of the week. If Peters is out of the mix on the offensive line this weekend, the Eagles will more than likely bump Dennis Kelly into the starting role.
Of course, two other starters are also listed as probable, so there is some more concern. Barbre (groin) was in full practices all week, and Johnson was limited just on Wednesday. Kelly is also listed as Johnson’s back-up, so the Eagles could start to run thin on the offensive line even more so than they enter the week.
The defense will once again be without Kendricks, who continues to battle a hamstring injury. With Alonso also being held out of action with a knee injury, the Eagles must continue to plug in Jordan Hicks on the inside. Hicks has played well in his time filling in, so the Eagles defense should be able to get by. Kendricks and Alonso each got to participate in Friday’s practice, although in a limited capacity.
Allen Barbre, OT (Groin)
Taylor Hart, DE (Shoulder)
Lane Johnson, OT (Knee)
Chris Maragos, S (Quadricep)
Byron Maxwell, CB (Quadricep)
Cedric Thonton, DE (Hand)
Jason Peters, OT (Quadricep)
Kiko Alonso, LB (Knee)
Brandon Bair, DE (Groin)
Mychal Kendricks, LB (Hamstring)
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles and college football. McGuire is a member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB. His work can be found on Examiner.com.