Eagles GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference, "We've been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was obvious that Philly liked Sanders when the franchise selected him in Round 2. These words from Roseman, however, could point to the new guy having a bigger workload share ahead of him than other RBs in the Doug Pederson era. Pederson's Eagles have run with a true committee. Amid personnel shuffling and injuries, no RB has reached a 37% share of team carries in any of his 3 seasons. Philly just traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, of course, but gave up a mere 6th-round pick for a RB in the final year of his rookie contract. Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles remain from last year's squad, but only Adams has reached 100 carries under Pederson and none has topped 120. Adams is also coming off shoulder surgery. None of those players looks like a big threat to Sanders' touch outlook. We wouldn't bet on workhorse touches for the rookie, but Sanders might just be the best bet to lead the backfield in opportunities right away.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in Wednesday's practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Philly was hoping to get Sproles back this week, but he's now out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys and might miss significantly more time beyond that. Sproles is droppable outside of the deepest of PPR leagues. The Eagles will continue to go with Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement in the backfield.
Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered an ACL tear in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season. That takes the carry leader out of a backfield that has started slowly. Healthy returns by Corey Clement and Darren Sproles wold help absorb touches, but Wendell Smallwood has als taken advantage of recent injuries to others to look like a player who will continue to deserve work. We’ll see hit the touches get distributed as the remaining group get healthy. The one thing we’ve been able to count on so far has been HC Doug Pederson spreading the work around. Clement, Sproles and Smallwood are all worth owning to varying degrees right now
Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered a back injury on the 1st drive of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. He's officially questionable to return. With RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) inactive, Philly is down to RBs Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood
UPDATE: Ajayi returned in the 2nd half.
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 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) 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.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has a sprained MCL. The severity will determine how long he’s out. We should learn more tomorrow. Philly also lost RB Darren Sproles to a rib injury in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. If both he and Mathews are out next week, the backfield would be down to Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner. Smallwood out-carried Barner 13 to 3 in Seattle.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game at Seattle with a knee injury. His return is questionable. We'll keep watch for any further updates.
Update: Philly has ruled Mathews out for the game. That leaves the backfield to Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner.
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews carried just twice for minus-5 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported during the game that he was “really banged up” and only available for “spot play.” Mathews wasn't even listed on the Week 3 injury report. He has a Week 4 bye to rest whatever ails him but might be tough to trust in fantasy lineups even if he plays the following week. Rookie Wendell Smallwood was impressive as Philly's lead back today, taking 17 carries for 79 yards and a TD.
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