After leaving Sunday’s game with a hand injury, head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed during a press conference Monday that running back Miles Sanders has suffered a broken hand, while automatically ruling him out for the team’s next game. However, he did express confidence that the bruise will not be a long-term problem.
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“Obviously he’ll be out this week [against Washington], and then we’ll re-evaluate after a week,” Sirianni explained.
“We’re hopeful we can get him back at some point this season, so he will not be going to the IR [injured reserve].”
Sanders — who left the game in a soft cast — previously had an MRI to determine if he could play through the injury. This is the second major injury the third-year running back has suffered this season, with the first coming being an ankle injury that landed him on the IR in November.
Sanders had seven carries for 45 yards in yesterday’s divisional showdown, along with a single reception for three yards. The scrap comes at a crucial time for Philadelphia, which finds itself in a playoff spot along with a rematch against WTF next up.
With just two games left in the regular season, it remains to be seen if Sanders can recover quickly enough to factor in to the playoff push. However, if the Eagles do clinch a playoff spot, Sanders will likely be healthy enough to play by that point.
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Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenny Gainwell will be the next men up for the Eagles. Both Howard (seven carries/37 yards) and Scott (12 carries/41 yards) looked serviceable against NYG, while Gainwell received no rushes.
Howard left with a stinger, but an MRI revealed no serious damage while the team is hopeful he’ll be able to play vs Washington. The Eagles will likely continue rolling with a running back by committee, which has proven to be a successful strategy. In the three games Sanders missed, the team rushed for 628 yards.
Philadelphia currently sits first in the NFL in rushing attempts (483), rushing yardage (2,448), and YPC (5.1), while being tied for first with Arizona in rushing touchdowns (21).