Sanders suffered an MCL sprain during Sunday's playoff loss to the Seahawks, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sanders, who had been dealing with an ankle sprain leading up to the contest, was able to tough things out Sunday and won't need surgery to address his knee issue. With a full recovery expected, Sanders is in line to be ready to go once Philadelphia's OTAs commence. It remains to be seen who'll join him in the team's backfield next season -- Sanders and Boston Scott are the only two backs under contract for 2020 -- but the 2019 second-rounder now appears entrenched as the Eagles' top running back.
Sanders was spotted with crutches and a brace on his left knee Monday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Per the report, Sanders -- who toughed out 14 carries for 69 yards and caught three of his five targets for eight yards in Sunday's 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks -- won't require surgery to address his knee issue. With Jordan Howard, Corey Clement (shoulder) and Darren Sproles (hip) all set to become an unrestricted free agents this offseason, Sanders and Boston Scott are currently the only two backs the Eagles have under contract for 2020. That will obviously change, but either way, it seems safe to assume that Sanders -- a 2019 second-rounder -- is slated to head into next season as the team's lead back after carrying 179 times for 818 yards and three TDs and catching 50 passes for 509 yards and three receiving scores in 16 games as a rookie.
Sanders (ankle) rushed 14 times for 69 yards and brought in three of five targets for eight yards in the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Sanders was in good form when he had the opportunity to touch the ball, with his longest run of the day going for 18 yards. However, the rookie couldn't make an impact in the passing game as he'd managed to over Weeks 15 and 16, a two-game span during which he compiled 11 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Sanders wrapped up his rookie campaign with 818 regular-season rushing yards and three touchdowns, along with 50 receptions for another 509 yards and three more scores. He'll look to make his case as a full-time lead back beginning with OTAs this spring.
Sanders (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks after practicing fully Friday. Sanders previously stated that he'd play this weekend and that's been confirmed by the Eagles' final injury report in advance of Sunday's wild-card tilt. Look for the 2019 second-rounder to lead his team's rushing attack versus Seattle as long as his ankle holds up, with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard in the mix to spell him and log complementary/change-of-pace touches.
Sanders (ankle) plans to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports. We'll have to see if the Eagles officially list the running back as questionable for the team's playoff opener, or minus an injury designation, but Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia relays that at this stage Sanders feels good about where's he at in terms of "cutting and everything" after practicing Friday.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|3 Year Avg||179||818||3||50||509||3||167|