Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is making a trip to Injured Reserve for the second straight season.
The Eagles placed the 24-year-old running back on IR Friday with a lingering shoulder injury that hasn’t healed since he suffered it in Week 2.
To fill his roster spot, the Eagles have promoted running back Boston Scott from the practice squad.
Scott and Nelson Agholor are probably the most likely candidates to take over as a punt returner with Clement and Darren Sproles not available this weekend.
Clement injured his shoulder on the muffed punt in Atlanta on Sept. 15. He missed the next game, but returned for the next two, but hasn’t played very much. In fact, even before the injury, Clement was set to have a very limited role offensively.
The shame for Clement, is that with Darren Sproles’ quad injury (Sproles will be out at least a few weeks), he might have actually had an offensive role going forward. But as soon as that opportunity emerged, the Eagles were forced to shut Clement down for the season.
Just two years after he had 100 receiving yards in the Super Bowl, Clement’s 2019 season is likely over after he took just three offensive snaps, all coming in the opener.
Last week, Clement spoke like a true team player when asked about his new role with the Eagles.
“To be honest, if you’re a team guy, it really shouldn’t be hard,” Clement said late last week. “At the end of the day, it’s really all about the ultimate goal and that’s the Super Bowl. Being on the roster and realizing I can still contribute in a way whether it’s special teams or being in the offensive scheme whenever the week may come, I’m just fortunate to still be here and really do what I can and not press the situation and not even talk about a role. Just go out there and still have fun.”
This is now two consecutive disappointing seasons for the Glassboro, N.J. native and former undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin. As a rookie, he steadily improved as the season went on and he saved his best game for Super Bowl LII, when he caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are heading back to Minnesota this weekend for the first time since the Super Bowl and Clement won’t be with them.
In 2018, Clement played in 11 games as a moderate offensive contributor before a knee injury ended his season early. This means two of his first three NFL seasons have now included a trip to IR.
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