EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The bye week is coming at the perfect time for Miles Sanders.
The Eagles’ starting running back re-injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against the Jets at MetLife Stadium and was then quickly ruled out of the game.
But he says he “absolutely” expects to be back for the Washington game after the bye week.
“Everybody is dealing with stuff throughout the league,” Sanders said. “I don’t know what they’re doing for it, but I’m trying to get back each and every week no matter what happens during the game. I’m not going to let this set me back. I got a bye week, got an extra week, so get right and get ready for the next game."
After a one-yard reception at the sideline, Sanders stayed down and was checked on by the medical staff. After limping around the sideline, he parked it on the bench and his day was over.
Sanders, 24, has been dealing with this ankle injury since early against the Raiders back on Oct. 24. He missed three games on Injured Reserve and has tweaked it a couple times since returning to action.
After the game, Sanders confirmed this is the same ankle.
“Everybody is dealing with injuries,” he said. “I’m just trying my hardest to stay out there. That’s all I can really say. Doing my best to stay out there and provide for the team each and every week.”
Before leaving Sunday’s game, Sanders was a workhorse for the Eagles. He had a career-high 24 carries and finished with 120 yards on the ground, just 2 yards shy of his career high of 122, set against Washington in 2019.
Sunday was Sanders’ first 100-yard game of the 2021 season.
In addition to Sanders’ 120 yards on the ground, he also caught three passes for 22 yards.
The Eagles kept Jordan Howard (knee) on their active roster so it sounds like they’re hopeful he’ll be able to return after the bye week against Washington. And according to Sanders, he’ll be ready too.
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