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Jordan Howard officially questionable for Week 17 vs. Washington

Jordan Howard avoided a longterm injury. What it means for Week 17 and beyond.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Washington Football Team defensive back Jeremy Reaves (39) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni says Howard is questionable to play in Sunday’s game due to a stinger. Boston Scott is the lead back at the moment but look for Kenneth Gainwell to get some run if Howard is ruled out in Week 17.

Thursday update: Howard was upgraded to limited on Thursday, which is a sign of progress for Week 17.

Wednesday update: The Eagles only had a walk-through practice on Wednesday, but Howard and Miles Sanders were both listed as not practicing. Sanders is out, but Howard has a better chance of returning from his stinger injury. But at this point, Boston Scott is the healthiest of the group.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard was forced from their Week 16 game with a stinger. The good news is that head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters on Monday that Howard’s MRI came out well, and they he is hopeful the running back can go against Washington this week.

Howard playing would be very good news for Philadelphia, as Miles Sanders is out with a broken finger. The Eagles are right in the thick of the playoff race and need Howard on the ground. Philadelphia has been running the ball well, even with some injuries, but losing both Howard and Sanders would be tough.

Fantasy football implications

If Howard can play, he becomes a good fantasy play as the lead back on a team that can get the ground game moving. If Howard does have trouble practicing this week and is a question mark, Boston Scott would be the likeliest back to lead the way in Howard’s absence.