Smallwood, Darren Sproles and rookie Donnell Pumphrey likely will end up sharing the workload, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports.
It still isn't entirely clear if the Eagles plan to release Ryan Mathews (neck) once he's able to pass a physical, but he'll presumably have to accept a major pay cut for the team to even consider keeping him around. Widely rumored to have interest in some of the draft's top running backs, Philadelphia ultimately waited on the position until the fourth round, where it picked up the 176-pound Pumphrey to join a backfield that already includes the diminutive Sproles. While listed at a modest 5-foot-10, 208 pounds, Smallwood may end up being the closest thing the team has to a power runner. Such a scenario would bode well for his chances to pick up early-down snaps and short-yardage carries in what figures to be a committee backfield.
With Ryan Mathews (neck) likely to be released, Smallwood (knee) and Darren Sproles will be left as the leaders of the Philadelphia backfield, CSN Philadelphia reports.
The Eagles are expected to release Mathews once he can pass a physical, which could be a matter of weeks or months. Smallwood and Sproles both figure to have roles next season, but the team likely also hopes to acquire a bigger back to replace Mathews -- be it through free agency or the draft. Smallwood had 77 carries for 312 yards (4.1 YPC) and a touchdown in 13 games as a rookie, adding six catches for 55 yards on 12 targets. He missed the final three weeks of the year with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, but the issue should clear up before the start of OTAs, if it hasn't healed already. Smallwood's 2017 outlook largely will depend on Philadelphia's other transactions in the coming months.
Smallwood started to run forward at full speed this week and has one to two weeks remaining in his rehabilitation from a Grade 2 MCL sprain, Martin Frank of the News Journal reports.
Smallwood capped his rookie season with the season-ending knee injury in Week 14, just as the backfield situation was clearing up enough for him to make a splash, if healthy. Despite the sudden turn of events, he racked up 77 carries for 312 yards and one touchdown, while hauling in six of 13 passes for 55 yards across 13 games. The Eagles are returning veteran running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles next season, so Smallwood will have his work cut out for him in his quest for a more regular role in 2017.
Smallwood (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Smallwood sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain Sunday against the Redskins, limiting him to just three carries for three yards in Week 14. After Ryan Mathews' recent knee injury, Smallwood entered that contest having received at least nine touches in four straight games. While that helped him obtain some late-season value, Smallwood's rookie season will now end with 312 yards and a touchdown on 77 rushes and 55 receiving yards from six receptions. The fifth-rounder also lost a fumble but took one of his nine kick returns back for a touchdown, showing his all-around prowess.
Smallwood (knee) suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain Sunday against the Redskins and is considered week to week going forward, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane reports.
Smallwood was termed as week to week, but with only three games remaining this season, coach Doug Pederson projected that his knee problem could end his rookie year, John Clark of CSN Philadelphia reports. While that would be a tough blow to Smallwood after earning a larger role lately, the fact that Darren Sproles suffered a concussion Sunday only adds to the Eagles' backfield problems. With both players slated to appear on upcoming injury reports, the now-healthy Ryan Mathews figures to lead the charge at running back in advance of Sunday's game versus the Ravens, with Kenjon Barner likely to achieve active status given the circumstances as well.
|P1||8/10/17||@ GB||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NYJ||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|6||10/12/17||@ CAR||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|