Mathews (illness) does not have a designation on Friday's injury report, setting him up to play in Sunday's game against Washington. Mathews was excused from Friday's practice feeling under the weather, but the team apparently isn't worried about his Sunday availability, opting not to list him as 'questionable', 'doubtful or 'out'. While the illness could impact his strength and endurance if it lingers into the weekend, Mathews is seemingly still poised to lead the Philadelphia backfield in one of the best matchups conceivable. Washington has surrendered an NFL-worst eight rushing touchdowns, also ranking last in opponents' yards per carry (5.1) and third-to-last in rushing yards per game (130).
Mathews will not practice Friday due to an illness. Mathews was not previously listed on the injury report this week, but he will sit out the final practice session of the week due to his ailment. He will have a couple days to rest and recover before the Eagles' next game Sunday, so it remains to be seen if the illness will have any effect on his status for Week 6.
Mathews gained 42 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Lions. He also caught all five of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown, while losing a fumble as well. Mathews ceded just five carries to other backs Sunday in his return to action, but he could generate just 3.8 yards per carry. He made his first significant impact of the season as a pass-catcher, and found the end zone for the first time since Week 2. Mathews appears poised to handle the majority of the backfield touches moving forward, and he should find the sledding easier next week versus the Redskins.
Mathews (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday. In the Eagles' last game on Sep. 25, Mathews was forced out due to a stiff ankle, finishing with minus-five yards on his two carries. He's subsequently used the team's bye week to retain his health and is thus on pace to start Sunday at Detroit, assuming no setback with the injury.
Mathews is still dealing with a "little soreness" in his ankle but is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Lions, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports. Mathews will have to make it through practice over the next couple days before he is officially cleared to play in Week 5, but it appears he will be able to get back on the field following the Eagles' Week 4 bye. Mathews is expected to resume his role as the team's primary running back as long as he is able to suit up.
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