Although Wendell Smallwood's 18 rushing attempts outpaced him by a good margin, Clement was the more effective back of the two on a per-touch basis Thursday. The second-year pro was slated to see a relatively limited workload Thursday after having recently dealt with a quadriceps injury, so he and Smallwood could conceivably flip-flop lead-back duties in a Week 7 matchup against the Panthers.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Clement would play Thursday against the Giants, Graham Foley of the Eagles' official site reports. It's expected that Clement will see increased snaps for the immediate future with Jay Ajayi (knee) out for the season.
Clement didn't see the field in the Eagles' past two games while he managed a quadriceps injury, but he proved his health by turning in full practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks to the versatility he provides as a between-the-tackles runner and pass catcher, Clement should be in store for an enhanced workload sans Ajayi, though fellow back Wendell Smallwood will also benefit. It's possible that Smallwood ends up starting and assumes more snaps of the two Thursday while Clement returns from injury on a short week, but Clement may represent the better long-term fantasy option, given that he's still listed atop the depth chart. Darren Sproles (hamstring) will also factor into the backfield mix once he returns to action, perhaps as soon as Week 7 against the Panthers.
Clement (quadriceps) indicated Tuesday that he will play in Thursday's game against the Giants, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
With Jay Ajayi (ACL) lost for the season and Darren Sproles' (hamstring) status up in the air, Clement could be contending with Wendell Smallwood and possibly Josh Adams for carries during Thursday's matchup with the Giants. Clement's estimated full participation Tuesday furthers the notion that he will suit up for the contest. He toted the rock 16 times in Week 3 with Ajayi out of commission, suggesting he will likely be first in line for the lead role in his absence.
Clement (quadriceps) was listed as a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
The Eagles had listed Clement on their first practice report of Week 6 on Monday, but that was merely an estimate with the team not holding an official session. Clement apparently took every rep Tuesday when the team reconvened, likely clearing the way for him to suit up Thursday against the Giants. Unless the Eagles address their backfield depth with an outside pickup, Clement and Wendell Smallwood should be in store for heightened roles the rest of the season after Jay Ajayi (knee) was placed on injured reserve.
After taking a seat Week 4 due to a quadriceps injury, Clement was on the active roster Sunday against the Vikings but didn't earn a single snap, offensive or otherwise. During that contest, Jay Ajayi picked up a torn ACL, an injury that bodes well for Clement's prospects moving forward. Clement will have to contend with Wendell Smallwood and eventually Darren Sproles (hamstring), when healthy, for touches out of the backfield. The breakdown of work between the trio is difficult to peg, but Clement and Smallwood are the best bets to earn a combination of carries and catches. In 19 regular-season games with the Eagles, Clement has averaged 4.3 YPC on 101 runs, reeled in 18 of 25 passes, and scored seven touchdowns.
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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