Barner injured his hamstring in Sunday's game against Baltimore and was initially ruled out for just Week 16. With the
Barner was seen walking with a heavy limp following Sunday's loss to the Ravens, when he was forced into an early exit due to a hamstring problem. That injury will prevent him from being ready to play Thursday, and could ultimately keep him sidelined in Week 17 as well. While Darren Sproles (concussion) is expected to be cleared to play this week, Byron Marshall could slide into Philadelphia's No. 3 running back role with Barner out.
Barner (hamstring) was seen walking with a significant limp following Sunday's game against the Ravens and could potentially be done for the remainder of this season, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Barner's hamstring injury could make it pretty difficult for him to overcome the Eagles' quick turnaround ahead of Thursday's game against the Giants. With just one contest remaining after that, Barner also could've played his final down of the current campaign. Whether that proves true remains to be seen, but Barner's injury Sunday only adds to Philadelphia's banged-up backfield, which was without Darren Sproles (concussion) in Week 15 and placed Wendell Smallwood on injured reserve (knee) last Monday. Given those problems, Byron Marshall could see more action behind starter Ryan Mathews in Philadelphia's final two tilts.
Barner is questionable to return to Sunday's game at Baltimore due to a hamstring injury.
With Darren Sproles (concussion) sidelined, Barner was the Eagles' de facto No. 2 running back Sunday, turning three carries into six yards and corralling two of six passes for 25 yards. If Barner is unable to return, Ryan Mathews should dominate the rushing attack, though Byron Marshall could earn some touches when the veteran requires a breather.
Barner was elevated in the wake of Darren Sproles' concussion via a wicked hit last Sunday against the Redskins. Kickoff returns have been Barner's primary focus this season, as he's scampered for a substantial 31.4 yards per on eight runbacks. He'll also take on Sproles' gig as the punt returning, which Barner has done just twice in 30 career games. Meanwhile, Mathews is expected to handle most of the work afforded running backs, but Barner is averaging a healthy 5.1 YPC in 2016 and has hauled in 14 of 21 passes thrown his way over three years in the NFL.
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