PHILADELPHIA – Eagles running back Miles Sanders broke his right hand against the New York Giants on Sunday and will miss this week’s game against the Washington soccer team, coach Nick Sirianni said on Monday.
Sanders will be reassessed next week. The team will be hoping he will return at some point this season and not be placed on the injured list, Sirianni added.
Sanders left Sunday’s game in the first half and did not return. Jordan Howard and Boston Scott saw an increased workload in his absence, although Howard was later sidelined with a sting. Howard’s MRI “came back fine,” Sirianni said, and there is optimism that he will return to the game as well.
The Eagles (8-7) currently sit seventh and final in the NFC playoffs. They have two games to play: against Washington and against the Dallas Cowboys. Philadelphia has a 56.2 percent chance of qualifying for the playoffs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
They have won five of their last six games, thanks in large part to their efficiency on the pitch. Philadelphia leads the league in rushing yards per game (163.2) and rushing touchdowns (22).
Sanders had just posted a consecutive 100-yard rushing performance before Sunday’s injury. He missed three games earlier in the year with a sprained ankle and ground play still produced at a high level. With Sanders out and Howard assaulted, Scott and rookie Kenneth Gainwell should have bigger roles against Washington.
Sanders, 24, racked up 754 yards on 137 carries (5.5 yards per attempt) without a touchdown in 12 games.