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Miles Sanders suffers ankle injury

Eagles RB Miles Sanders missed the bulk of Week 17. His playoff availability is unknown.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders runs the ball against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles had a backup at their blue medical tent in Sunday’s game against the Giants, which pushed players needing to be checked out to the locker room. That is just a microcosm of the injuries suffered by the Eagles this season.

Miles Sanders was one of those injured players, as he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and never returned. The fact that he couldn’t get back in the game is concerning for his first-round status in the playoffs. It’s considered a “pretty decent sprain” according to reporter Adam Caplan, but team doesn’t believe it is a high-ankle sprain, but they will do tests to confirm and go from there.

Boston Scott performed admirably in his stead, rushing for three touchdowns and totaling 130 yards, but Sanders has shown to be a better between the tackles runner, as he rushed nine times for 52 yards while Scott rushed 19 times for 54 yards and got most of his through the air. Jordan Howard was cleared to play but didn’t get a touch, as the team looked to use him only in an emergency.

Sanders will be needed if the Eagles are to make a run, as they are down to a skeleton crew at receiver and the injuries continue to mount. We should learn more about the severity of Sanders’ ankle injury sooner than later, but he will likely be held out of practice early in the week to help in the healing process.