Options for filling the Eagles' huge injury gaps

Eagles offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski (left) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (right) walks off field with Stefen Wisniewski after Monday’s game.

Options for the offensive line without Jason Peters:

*What you saw Monday night: Halapoulivaati Vaitai plays the left side and learns as he goes.

*Move Lane Johnson to the left and let Vaitai play right tackle, where he has more experience. But it’s usually better to make one change instead of two.

*For Peters’ roster spot, the most likely addition is Dillon Gordon from the practice squad.


Whose injury will hurt the Eagles more?

*Bringing in a free agent or a practice-squad player from another team is always possible, but that player wouldn’t know the Eagles’ offense or have any familiarity with the rest of the line. It’s unlikely a good player would be available in a trade for a reasonable price. This isn’t baseball; teams having bad seasons don’t just trade their good players at the deadline. Available free agents at this point are players like former Eagle Kevin Graf, or a high-mileage “name” such as Eric Winston.

Options at middle linebacker without Jordan Hicks:

*In base defense, Joe Walker and Najee Goode are the front-runners to replace Hicks.

*In nickel defense, the Eagles would use Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks together. Bradham picks up Hicks’ responsibilities.

*Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Gerry are the other linebackers on the roster and mostly play special teams. Gerry made his NFL debut Monday night.

*The Eagles worked out linebackers last week and could sign a veteran such as Jelani Jenkins, Donald Butler, or Sean Spence.


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