Eagles RB Ryan Mathews gained clearance from doctors Tuesday to return to the field, according to multiple reports. He had been out with a neck injury. General speculation is that the team will now release the veteran RB. Philly would have had to pay out an injury settlement if it wanted to dump Mathews before he gained medical clearance. We'll see if Mathews gets loose before projecting any further fantasy impact. Staying with the Eagles, meanwhile, would return him to a crowded backfield that lacks top-level performers.
Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles have told Mathews he's been released.
The Eagles signed undrafted free agent RB Corey Clement on Saturday night. The former Wisconsin back closed out his college career with a 314-1,375-15 rushing line, but the 4.4 yards per rush marked the lowest rate of his career. Clement struggled to stay healthy curing his Badgers career and then delivered poor testing numbers at the Combine. The landing spot makes him interesting, though, as the Eagles boast 3 small RBs -- Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey -- an oft-injured veteran who might be a cap casualty this offseason (Ryan Mathews), Byron Marshall and Terrell Watson. There's room for Clement to carve out a role with a strong summer.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and "will miss significant time," HC Doug Pederson said Friday. Mathews will finish the 2016 campaign with 661 yards and 8 TDs on 155 carries -- and another 3 games missed due to injury. We'll see if Philly brings him back at a $4 million salary next year. Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall will handle backfield duties for the Eagles in the season finale against the Cowboys.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews suffered a stinger in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's win over the Giants. He mustered just 62 scoreless yards on 19 touches before exiting. We'll track Mathews' status this coming week. If he can't play in the finale vs. Dallas, Philly would be down to RBs Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Darren Sproles (concussion) is on track to play against the Giants on Thursday night. He figures to return to a pass-catching role behind Ryan Mathews, although Philly's backfield has been unpredictable all year. Sproles' presence makes Mathews a bit riskier as a Week 16 fantasy starter.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews posted his largest rushing-yardage total of the season Sunday against a Ravens defense that Football Outsiders had rated best in the league against the run. Mathews carried 20 times for 128 yards and 1 TD, adding 1 reception for 5 yards on 1 target. It was just Mathews' 2nd 100-yard game of the season, but his 3rd consecutive healthy game with 15+ carries. That makes him at least a fantasy RB2 for Thursday night's home clash with the Giants.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens. RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) is also out, leaving Ryan Mathews as the likely feature back. The problem is a matchup with the league's top-ranked RB defense. Mathews is a volume-based, low-end RB2 for Week 15.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles was concussed when he took a vicious shot to the head on a punt return in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. It's the 3rd known concussion of his NFL career. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week, but consider him no better than 50/50 to play against the Ravens on Sunday. With RB Wendell Smallwood expected to miss that one with his knee injury, RB Ryan Mathews figures to be in for a big workload. The tough matchup leaves him as just a lower-end RB2, though.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews carried 15 times for 60 yards in Sunday's loss to Washington. Mathews returned after sitting out the previous 2 games with a knee sprain. The 15 carries marked his 3rd-largest tally of the season and Mathews' 2nd straight healthy game with 15+ rushing attempts. That makes him a better volume bet if healthy over the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately, a Week 15 matchup with Baltimore doesn't bode well for Mathews' rushing upside. Rookie Wendell Smallwood carried just 3 times for 3 yards. Mathews drew the only pass target between them, which fell incomplete.
Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood injured his knee in Sunday's game against the Redskins and will not return. He finishes with 3 carries for 3 yards. His absence leaves Philly with RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He put in 3 full practices this week, so the knee shouldn’t be an issue. But ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Wendell Smallwood is expected to operate as Philly's lead ball-carrier. Mathews is no better than a TD-dependent RB3.
ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) to play a "primary role" against the Redskins today. Mathews' volume has been unpredictable all season, and Schefter suggests that rookie RB Wendell Smallwood will be the lead ball-carrier today. Darren Sproles, of course, will continue to dominate pass-catching work. This is a backfield better off avoided in Week 14 fantasy lineups.
The Eagles list RB Ryan Mathews (knee) as questionable to play against the Redskins on Sunday. He put in 3 full practices this week, though, and HC Doug Pederson confirmed that he’s been cleared to play. Mathews’ volume is completely unpredictable, leaving him as a risky Week 14 fantasy starter.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been cleared to play against the Redskins this weekend. "He's good to play," HC Doug Pederson said. "He's cleared and ready to go." Mathews' role remains completely unclear, though. He's carried 5 or fewer times this season just as often as he's carried 14+. That makes him tough to trust at this point of the fantasy season.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that he expects RB Ryan Mathews to practice with the team Wednesday, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mathews has missed the past 2 games with a sprained MCL, but he'll return to a backfield without a clear rushing leader. Rookie Wendell Smallwood was expected to get the ball more with Mathews out, but he carried just 9 and 8 times the past 2 games, adding 1 reception. If Philly indicates Mathews is ready to resume a lead role heading into Sunday's rematch with Washington, then the veteran would carry fantasy upside. The Eagles desperately need some semblance of a running game to take pressure off Carson Wentz and a terrible WR group. More likely, though, this will be a backfield to avoid as you set your Week 14 lineups.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He didn't practice all week and has no timetable for return. With Mathews out last week, Darren Sproles carried 3 times and saw 7 targets, while Wendell Smallwood got 9 carries and 1 target. Both guys are just RB3s, with Sproles the better PPR play and Smallwood the preferred option in non-PPR.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Sprained MCLs are usually multi-week injuries, so he's not a great bet to play against the Bengals on Sunday. That'd again leave the backfield to Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles.
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