The Eagles sat most of their starters in their Week 18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but that will change when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round on Sunday.
However, one guy who wouldn’t have played last Sunday is running back Miles Sanders, who underwent hand surgery after Week 16 but said he plans to play Sunday against Tampa.
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“Yes, sir. Absolutely,” Sanders said with a smile on his face when asked Friday.
Sanders says he plans to wear protection on his hand during the game, but adds that it’s nothing fancy. However, there should be some concern when it comes to pass protection, pass reception and ball safety.
The 24-year-old has had some fumbling issues in the past with seven fumbles, losing four since entering the league in 2019. He has one fumble this season.
He had to withdraw from the game against the Giants with a broken hand
” We hope that Miles [Sanders] this week,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Wednesday. “Again, that’s why we didn’t put him on IR when he injured his hand. So we have hope for him.
Sanders, who is Philadelphia’s leading running back among the running backs stable with 754 yards, adds another dimension to the Eagles’ backfield. Jalen Hurts led the team in rushing yards this season with 784 and 10 touchdowns.
He’s been listed as being restricted to training all week, but the fact that he spoke to the media today is a pretty good indication he’ll be playing on Sunday.
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