Mathews was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury during a training session last week, but the issue appears to be minor, as he's not expected to miss much of training camp. Veteran Darren Sproles, who inked a contract extension Friday, figures to compete with Mathews throughout the preseason for the top spot on the depth chart, while Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner could see additional reps if Mathews' health remains a concern.
Sproles is now set to remain in Philadelphia through the 2017 season, with the additional year worth $4.5 million. Despite his old age for a running back at 33 years old, Sproles figures to play a key role out of the backfield and in the return game. Per usual, he should be a bit more valuable in PPR formats, as he's proven to be a versatile option in the team's aerial attack as well.
Though the Eagles have not presented a timetable for Mathews' return, this nugget hints at an injury that isn't too severe. Either way, until Mathews returns to the field, the likes of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner figure to see added running back reps during the Eagles' training camp practices.
The report notes that the running back suffered an ankle injury while training last week, without providing a timetable for Mathews' return to action. On a more positive note, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted Wednesday that Mathews "was seen walking into (the Eagles') facility and his injury isn't considered serious." We'll let you know if that assessment changes.
Last week, Bradham allegedly punched a hotel worker in the face, breaking the victim's nose, during an argument about slow service. The linebacker was charged with aggravated assault after turning himself in to Miami police. The