Miles Sanders, the Eagles’ often-injured, often-productive running back, said he’s “ready to go” Sunday against the Lions.
Sanders has missed most of the last several weeks of practice with an injured hamstring. He played the first series — eight plays — in the first preseason game against the Jets.
“It’s just one of those injuries that’s very delicate and if you have a little tweak or you feel something there, you got to monitor it, focus on it, just take care of it,” Sanders said at a news conference Thursday. “Attack the rehab and I’m back, ready to go [ready to play Sunday].”
Sanders said if he had this injury during the regular season, he would have played through it. “This is one of those injuries you don’t want to risk in camp,” he said.
Having a healthy Sanders could be an enormous plus to the Eagles’ offense and quarterback Jalen Hurts. Sanders has averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his career and that kind of production could keep defenses honest and open up more of the field to the passing game.
When healthy, Sanders is the Eagles’ top running back. He has gained 2,439 yards on 480 carries in his three-year career. Sanders has missed eight games in the last two years due to injuries. He was drafted in the second round of the 2019 draft out of Penn State.
Sanders rejoins a backfield that includes Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell and the newly acquired Trey Sermon.
“I haven’t lost a step [being sidelined], honestly,” Sanders said. “I think Sunday will be very good.”