When the Eagles lost to the Giants during Week 12, not only were their NFC East title chances destroyed, but their star running back Miles Sanders also went down with an ankle injury. Head coach Nick Sirianni was optimistic about Sanders’ availability in Week 13, but would not say whether or not the back would miss time. What does this mean for the Eagles, and can they survive without Sanders?
Miles Sanders’ injury update
Sanders left in the second half of a 13-7 loss to the Giants with the injury. He finished the day with 9 carries for 64 yards and 1 reception for no yards while playing 32 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps.
It was a rough day for the Eagles’ offense all around. The Giants defense intercepted QB Jalen Hurts three times, forced four turnovers overall, and held Philadelphia to a season-low in points. Before this matchup, the Eagles had been averaging over 27 points per game.
A lot of the Eagles’ recent success has been attributed to their focus on the rushing attack. They currently lead the league in rushing yards (1895) and rushing yards per game (157.9). And even though they lost this one, the Eagles still managed to have their third straight 200-yard rushing game.
When Sanders went out, Boston Scott took over as the lead back. He managed 64 yards on 15 carries with 1 touchdown. The lead back on the team was actually Hurts who had 77 yards. Jordan Howard, who is usually an impact player in the backfield, missed Week 12 due to a knee injury.
Will Sanders miss time?
When HC Sirianni was asked about the injury status of some of his key players, he was optimistic. However, he did not confirm whether or not he would be available for their Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets.
“Sanders is sore after Sunday’s game, so we will see how he progresses during the week and should have more information on Wednesday, but he’s heading in the right direction.”
So, what happens if Sanders misses time? Well, the easy answer is that Boston Scott would likely become the lead back if Jordan Howard also remains injured. Scott ran well in Sanders’ absence. However, he made a crucial mistake inside the 2-minute warning when he fumbled the ball.
“I’m at the line of scrimmage, or about to break through, I should have covered it up with two hands before I broke into the open field,” Scott said. “I just got greedy. Got greedy. I saw the green (field) and the eyes got big, and lost my fundamentals.”
As long as Sirianni can forgive Scott for his costly fumble, he would likely see the build of the works if both Sanders and Howard were to miss. We will continue to monitor Sanders’ injury situation and update once we know more based on Wednesday’s injury report.