Eagles Insider

Roster moves mean good news for one critical Eagle

Eagles Insider

Any question about Miles Sanders’ health was answered on Thursday.

Sanders, who led all NFL rookies with 1,327 scrimmage yards last year, hasn't practiced in more than two weeks.

But by releasing three of their six running backs Thursday — Elijah Holyfield, Mike Warren and Adrian Killins — the Eagles are left with just Sanders, Boston Scott and Corey Clement still on the roster.

Safe to assume there's no way they would have gone thin at running back if they had any question whatsoever about Sanders' status for the opener in Washington a week from Sunday.

Sanders practiced on Aug. 17 and 18, the first two days of camp, and has been out since with what the Eagles are calling a “lower-body” injury.

The Eagles were off from practice on Friday and are also off on Saturday, so by the time they get back to work next week it will have been three weeks since he participated.

Conventional wisdom was that Holyfield and Killins were battling for a fourth running back spot, so it was a little surprising to see them both go. Holyfield joined the Eagles before the Seattle playoff game last year after spending the year on the Panthers’ practice squad and was a favorite of running backs coach Duce Staley. The speedy Killins was an undrafted rookie from Central Florida who had worked both at running back and in the slot, and Warren was an undrafted rookie from Cincinnati.

All three are eligible for the practice squad. The NFL expanded practice squads to 16 players this year.

 

Scott, originally a 6th-round pick of the Saints in 2018, came off the practice squad to become the Eagles’ No. 2 back by the end of last year. His 350 scrimmage yards over the last four weeks of the season were 12th-most in the league.

Clement has finished the last two seasons on Injured Reserve but had a very good and healthy preseason this year. After his 2017 postseason heroics and 100-yard Super Bowl receiving game, he had only 451 scrimmage yards in 11 games in 2018 and played only three offensive snaps in four games last year.

Holyfield, Warren and Killins were among 13 players released or placed on Injured Reserve by the Eagles on Sunday, bringing the roster down to 67. They must reduce it by another 14 by 4 p.m. Saturday.