Lane Johnson, DeVonta Smith return to practice – NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles got a couple of key players back on the field for practice on Thursday as they prepare to face the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

After being listed among the non-participants to begin the week, both Lane Johnson (ankle) and DeVonta Smith (hamstring) returned to the field on Thursday as limited participants. That’s an encouraging sign.

Both Johnson and Smith were limited on Thursday but both said they’re going to play against the Dolphins. Johnson confirmed that to veteran reporter Derrick Gunn that he’s good to go and Smith told reporters in the locker room that he’s going to play.

Johnson and Smith participated in individual drills during the portion of practice open to reporters. Johnson lined up with the starting offensive line at his usual right tackle spot. Smith took part in stretched before briefly taking a trip inside. But he returned for individual drills.

While Johnson and Smith were practicing, safety Reed Blankenship (ribs) was a spectator and nickel cornerback Bradley Roby (shoulder) was not in attendance.

Here’s the full injury report from Thursday:

Did not participate: S Reed Blankenship (ribs), CB Bradley Roby (shoulder)

Limited: DT Jalen Carter (ankle), TE Dallas Goedert (groin), T Lane Johnson (ankle), WR DeVonta Smith (hamstring)

Full: S Sydney Brown (hamstring), CB Eli Ricks (knee), CB Darius Slay (knee), DT Marlon Tuipulotu (triceps), DT Milton Williams (ankle)

The Eagles have dealt with a ton of injuries in their secondary this season and that’s continuing in Week 7. 

But it’s very encouraging to see Slay become a full participant. The Eagles expect to see him play against the Dolphins after missing last week’s game against the Jets.

After the Eagles began the week with a walkthrough on Wednesday, this was their first practice since the loss to the Jets. It was also our first chance to see Julio Jones in an Eagles jersey.

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