The Philadelphia Eagles’ banged-up backfield could return to full strength prior to the start of the postseason.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters Monday that the team is “hopeful” Miles Sanders (hand) will be able to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Sirianni also stated the team expects to have Jordan Howard and Boston Scott back for the matchup.
Philadelphia finished the 2021 campaign with the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL (159.7 rush YPG).
Sanders, who’s dealt with a number of ankle injuries in recent months, missed the last two games of the regular season due to a broken hand. Howard and Scott missed Week 18 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Scott anchored the running game in the Eagles’ Week 17 win over Washington with Howard, a spot starter throughout the year, serving as his backup. Rookie Kenneth Gainwell made his first career start on Saturday with Sanders, Howard and Scott sidelined.
Howard and Scott were later activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, along with the following players: LB Genard Avery, DT Fletcher Cox, S Marcus Epps, TE Dallas Goedert, G Nate Herbig, CB Avonte Maddox, S Rodney McLeod, LB Alex Singleton, and TE Jack Stoll.
The team also placed WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, TE Tyree Jackson, and T/G Brett Toth on IR; signed RB Jason Huntley from the practice squad to the active roster, and released K Matt McCrane and RB Kerryon Johnson from the practice squad.