Clement (quad) was added to the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports that Clement is expected to be fine and was merely limited at Friday's practice as a precaution. If that is indeed the case, Clement should be busy Sunday while both Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are forced to watch from the sideline. With Ajayi and Sproles officially ruled out, Clement is positioned for the lead role ahead of Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams, facing a banged-up Indianapolis defense with an obvious deficiency at defensive tackle. We may not have official word on Clement until the Eagles release their inactive list at approximately 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.
Clement rushed six times for 30 yards and a touchdown while catching five passes for 55 yards in Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Buccaneers. Clement saw nine of his touches while Jay Ajayi nursed a back injury in the first half, though the second-year pro split 10 carries evenly with Wendell Smallwood over that time. The 23-year-old racked up 59 total yards and burst through a wide-open hole for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven in the second quarter. The 2017 undrafted free agent probably won't be in line for such a large workload Week 3 against the Colts unless both Ajayi and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are unable to go.
Clement is likely to take on a larger role with Darren Sproles (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Clement doesn't have the physical profile of a typical passing-down back, but he proved more than capable of handling the role late last season, memorably putting up a 4-100-1 receiving line in the Super Bowl. He should see a sizable uptick from his 18 percent snap share Week 1, potentially taking on the majority of Sproles' 40 percent share. While Jay Ajayi is still the better bet to pile up carries and reach the end zone, Clement should at least be more involved than he was last week. Wendell Smallwood could also get a few more snaps as the No. 3 RB for Sunday's game.
Clement rushed for 26 yards on five carries in Thursday's 18-12 win over the Falcons. Clement rushed four times for just two yards until his 21-yard fourth-quarter burst converted a key third down and set up the game-winning touchdown two plays later. The Wisconsin product saw 10 fewer touches than Jay Ajayi and had as many rushes as Darren Sproles, although the latter saw seven targets in the passing game as well. As such, Clement remains the third-best option in Philadelphia's backfield when the team hosts Tampa Bay in Week 2.
Clement (lower body) is considered day-to-day, with the expectation of ramping up his practice workload next week, Graham Foley of the Eagles' official website reports. Clement and WR Nelson Agholor are in similar situations, dealing with unspecified lower body injuries that likely will hold them out for the rest of the preseason. Coach Doug Pederson hasn't sounded too concerned about either player's Week 1 availability, but Pederson did provide a hint that Clement and Agholor will be absent or limited at practice all week. Neither has much to prove in terms of role, with Clement locked in as the No. 2 rusher in what figures to be a three-headed backfield with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles.
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|11||11/18||@New Orleans Saints||3||9.00|
|12||11/25||New York Giants||19||16.00|
|15||12/17||@Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
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