Clement (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Dallas.
Clement was a casualty of getting his right leg rolled up on, with his injury eventually clarified as to his knee, according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Well before he was ruled out, Clement was seen on the sideline in sweats and with a brace on the knee, per Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The severity of the injury is unknown, but the Eagles should clarify Clement's health in due time. With Clement sidelined, the backfield has been whittled down to Josh Adams, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood.
Clement injured his knee during Sunday's game at Dallas and is questionable to return, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Clement's right leg was rolled up on at the end of a first-quarter carry. He remained on the turf for a spell before needing assistance to get to the locker room, according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. If Clement is unable to reenter the contest, Darren Sproles will serve as the primary pass-catching back Sunday and perhaps beyond.
Clement carried five times for 27 yards and caught all three of his targets for 47 yards in Monday night's 28-13 win over Washington.
Clement continued to fill the role of change-of-pace back behind Josh Adams and saw 23 snaps on the day, just one fewer than the previous week, even with Darren Sproles returning to the fold. The 24-year-old was also the only running back targeted in the passing game. Clement has reached at least 74 total yards in each of his last two games despite seeing no more than eight touches in either contest. He'll be hard-pressed to keep the streak going as Sproles' role in the offense should increase going forward and the Eagles face off against Dallas' fifth-ranked defense against running backs Week 14.
Clement's 76 yards from scrimmage were his most since Week 2, but it's difficult to get excited about his fantasy prospects moving forward considering that the production wasn't supported by a major uptick in volume. Furthermore, coach Doug Pederson told Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com on Monday that he wants to increase Josh Adams' (22 carries for 84 yards and a score in Week 12) workload down the stretch, so any additional touches for the newly-minted lead back might come at Clement's expense. On a positive note, Clement at least worked as the clear No. 2 option behind Adams on Sunday, as former starter Wendell Smallwood was limited to just one offensive snap.
Clement is expected to see his role within the Eagles' backfield committee decline beginning with Sunday's game against the Giants with the team planning to start Josh Adams and feature him more prominently moving forward, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Clement's arrow had already been pointing down even before Rapoport's nugget, as the second-year back earned just four touches (two carries, two receptions) -- his fewest in any of his eight appearances this season -- in the Week 11 loss to the Saints. Wendell Smallwood, who had also benefited from an increased workload since Jay Ajayi (knee) suffered a season-ending injury in early October, was also limited to just four offensive snaps in that contest, while Adams (seven carries for 53 yards, three receptions for 19 yards), an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, continued to stand out as the most productive member in the committee. Adams should now get the opportunity to build on his impressive performance to date, resulting in Clement and Smallwood perhaps in line to see usage on par with what they received in Week 11 on a regular basis. If that ends up being the case, it would be tough to justify holding Clement even in most deeper leagues.
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