Barner (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills. Barner is coming off a minor breakout game during last week's win over the Patriots, in which he recorded a career-high 39 rushing yards to go along with two receptions. The Eagles have grown frustrated with the lack of production from free-agent signee DeMarco Murray this season, and according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, there's a possibility that Murray could rank as the Eagles' fourth option at running back Sunday. If that's the case, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews would likely shoulder the bulk of the duties at the position, but Barner should have an opportunity to occasionally mix into the rotation, particularly on passing downs.
Barner ran for a career-high 39 yards on nine carries and caught both of his targets for seven yards in Sunday's 35-28 upset win at New England. He also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter. Barner was involved throughout, posting more yardage on the ground than starter DeMarco Murray, who had eight carries for just 24 yards. His fumble with less than two minutes left in the game was almost costly, as it gave Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense one more shot to tie the game. The Eagles were able to stop Brady, however, saving Barner from being the goat. Ryan Mathews (concussion) should return at some point soon, so one can only assume Barner won't see as much work when that happens. If you need him next week, he'll face the Bills.
Barner is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. With the Eagles' running back corps back to full health, Barner will be inactive for the third time in five games this season. The former Oregon standout ranks fourth on the depth chart behind DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles.
The Eagles announced their final cuts to trim the roster to 53 players Saturday. The following players were all released Saturday: linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Josh Kaddu; defensive linemen Wade Keliikipi and Damion Square; defensive backs Curtis Marsh, Roc Carmichael, Keelan Johnson and Ed Reynolds; quarterback G.J. Kinne; running backs Kenjon Barner (waived/injured), Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker; wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, Quron Pratt, Will Murphy and Damaris Johnson ; kicker Alex Henery; and offensive linemen Kevin Graf and Josh Andrews. The team also added wide receiver Arrelious Benn (back) and linebacker Travis Long (knee) to injured reserve.
Eagles running back/return specialist Kenjon Barner suffered a left ankle injury in the first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Bills. X-rays came back negative, and the team ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
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