Eagles vs. Giants inactives: Lane Johnson to play despite ankle injury

The Eagles will be without a handful of players on Thursday night against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
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-- The Eagles will have starting right tackle Lane Johnson in the lineup against the Giants on Thursday.
Despite being a late addition to the injury report earlier in the day, Johnson was able to get warmed up prior to the game.
The lineman was listed as "questionable" entering the matchup. Johnson was apparently feeling well enough to play.  Will rain from Hurricane Michael impact Thursday Night Football? While Johnson will play, the Eagles did ruled out five players on Wednesday.
Running back Darren Sproles (hamstring), safety Corey Graham (hamstring), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) and linebackers Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee) and D.J.
Alexander (quadricep) will miss the Week 6 matchup.
Sproles will be replaced in the lineup by the returning Corey Clement, who had been battling a quadricep injury of his own.
Clement and Wendell Smallwood are expected to handle the bulk of the carries against the Giants.
With the four injuries on defense, the Eagles are very thin at a handful of positions.
The Eagles will play just three healthy defensive tackles for the second consecutive week.
With Graham out, the Eagles had to promote first-year defensive back Tre Sullivan to the active roster.
Still, the team only has two safeties with actual defensive experience and starting free safety Avonte Maddox has only played the position for two weeks.
With Gerry and Alexander out of the lineup, the Eagles have just four healthy linebackers.
Special teams ace LaRoy Reynolds will need to back up all three starting positions on Thursday.
The Eagles also only have four healthy cornerbacks on the roster.
Below are the Week 6 inactives for the Eagles: DT Haloti Ngata: The defensive lineman is a big loss for the Eagles.
Philadelphia only has three active defensive tackles, as waiver wire pickup T.Y.
McGill failed his physical this week and was waived on Wednesday.
Treyvon Hester and Destiny Vaeao will rotate opposite Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
RB Darren Sproles: With Sproles out of the lineup, the Eagles will need to rely heavily on Clement and Smallwood to make up the all-purpose yards void. The pair will likely split carries and catches out of the backfield.
LB D.J.
Alexander: The special teams ace will be missed in the game's third phase.
His absence puts pressure on other reserve players to step up.
S Corey Graham: The veteran third safety struggled mightily in a larger role in Week 4 but was at least a depth presence when healthy.
The Eagles have no experience behind Malcolm Jenkins and Avonte Maddox heading into this game.
LB Nathan Gerry: This one will impact the Eagles' depth at linebacker.
Gerry is the main backup for the Eagles linebacker and he will now miss the game with multiple injuries.
The second-year player would have been the immediate backup at WILL and MIKE linebacker.
OT Jordan Mailata: The Australian offensive line project isn't likely to see action for a while.
His development is an intriguing storyline, but with Jason Peters, Lane Johnson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai in front of him, there is little need to rush him onto the field.  OL Matt Pryor: The rookie out of TCU is facing a similar playing time challenge to Mailata.
Both rookies are well behind a talented group of starters and veteran backups.
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