Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Hughes and offensive lineman Dennis Kelly have been ruled out of the season opener against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Head coach Chip Kelly said Hughes will return to practice with the team on Tuesday.
With Dennis Kelly out, right tackle Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick, will play in his first regular season game, facing off against Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo.
“Lane’s going to get tested just because he’s young,” Kelly said Friday, via the team’s website. “If you had your choice, who are you going to try to go against from a tackle perspective? Right now, you’ve got an All-Pro lining up at left tackle (Jason Peters) and a very talented (right tackle), but still a rookie. I think all rookies are going to get tested no matter what position you play.
“But I think so far, in terms of what Lane’s done, we’ve been really, really happy with him. I think the one thing with Lane that impresses us the most is that you may beat him on a move, but you’ll very rarely beat him on the same move twice. He does such a great job of making in-game adjustments. You’ll see he gave something up, but whether (offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland) is talking to him on the sideline, I think he just has a natural feel for it.
“Really for us, it’s been a great thing because the one thing he lacked, you knew he had all the athletic ability in the world, was just the experience factor because he was so new to the position – offensive line in general … I think he knows it. He’s going to get tested.”
Kelly also addressed the practice altercation between Riley Cooper and Cary Williams.
“No fallout whatever,” Kelly said. “You’ve got two competitive guys. It was squashed pretty quickly.”