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Miles Sanders will go on I.R. with ankle sprain before Week 8

We break down the news that Miles Sanders is dealing with a low ankle sprain, and what it means for Week 8.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Sanders will go on injured reserve with his ankle sprain, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. With short term I.R., Sanders will need to miss three weeks. Kenny Gainwell looks to be the lead of a committee, but touches will be split between him, Boston Scott and likely Jordan Howard.

Thursday update: Sanders didn’t practice again on Thursday and is likely out this week against Detroit.

Wednesday update: The Eagles are back at practice on Wednesday and Sanders is not present, per Josh Tolentino. Considering his description as week-to-week, this is not a surprising development. He seems unlikely to play this Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders appears to have avoided a substantial injury, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport reports that Sanders is dealing with a low ankle sprain, which should heal much more quickly than a high ankle sprain.

Sanders is still undergoing tests to ascertain the extent of the injury, but it would seem logical that he’ll be very iffy for this week against the Lions. His injury came after one of his better starts in terms of usage and it looked like he was on track for a strong fantasy day. Hopefully he’ll return to a plan for more work still.

Fantasy football implications

If Sanders can’t go, we will likely see Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott split work against a Lions defense that can be run on. Both may have some fantasy value, but they will hurt each other’s fantasy upside in Week 8.