Barner (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.
Barner has been available for each of the Eagles' past five outings, but his special-teams snaps (49) have outpaced those on offense by two. As a result, he's totaled 12 carries for 34 yards and three catches (on four targets) for 20 yards while racking up 183 yards in the return game. Following the addition of Jay Ajayi via trade Tuesday, Barner is now in danger of being a regular inactive or getting cut outright.
Barner rushed five times for seven yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Thursday's win over Carolina.
Barner out-snapped Corey Clement, 22-10, and out-touched the rookie, 6-2, as both continue to fill in for Wendell Smallwood, who missed a second straight game with swelling in his knee. Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount has grabbed a firm hold as the lead back in this offense, rendering Barner and Clement moot for fantasy except in very deep leagues.
Barner rushed five times for 23 yards in Sunday's victory over Arizona.
Four of his carries came in the first half before it turned into a blowout, and then the Eagles turned to LeGarrette Blount to close out the game. After Barner was re-signed last week as a partial replacement for Darren Sproles in the passing game, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Oregon product saw no targets and yet just two fewer carries than rookie Corey Clement. Wendell Smallwood's knee injury isn't expected to cause him to miss much time, jumbling the picture for him, Clement and Barner alike going forward.
Barner might see work in the offense on Sunday against the Cardinals if Wendell Smallwood is limited or out, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Eagles re-signed Barner after Darren Sproles was lost to injury for the season in Week 3 and only saw action on special teams in his first game back. If Smallwood is still hampered by the swelling in his knee come Sunday, the door is potentially open for Barner, who is seen as a better fit in the passing game than either LeGarrette Blount or Corey Clement. The 28-year-old running back played 13 games last year for the Eagles, rushing 27 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns to go with 42 yards on five receptions.
Barner signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday.
Despite surprisingly keeping five running backs on the roster to start the season, the Eagles have had bad luck with injuries and lost both Darren Sproles (arm/knee) and Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) to injured reserve. Barner is plenty familiar with the Eagles, having played 23 games with the team over the last two seasons. He'll likely battle with undrafted free agent Corey Clement for the third-string running back role, while he has experience as a returner and could see some action on special teams as well.
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