The 2020 NFL season hasn’t started yet, and the Philadelphia Eagles are already being hit by the injury bug. Starting running back Miles Sanders will not play in the team’s opener Sunday due to a hamstring injury, the team announced Saturday.
Sanders, 23, will not travel with the team to Washington, D.C. He was a limited participant in practice during the week and listed as questionable on the team’s injury report heading into Week 1.
With Sanders sidelined, the Eagles will rely on some combination of Boston Scott and Corey Clement to carry the load against the Washington Football Team. Clement, 25, only played three snaps last season and went on injured reserve in October due to a shoulder injury. Scott, 25, emerged as a useful backup down the stretch, playing at least 20 snaps in each of the team’s final four games in 2019.
Scott is listed as second on the Eagles’ depth chart in 2020, but both players could split time against Washington.
Miles Sanders battled lower body injury in camp
In August, the Eagles put fans on alert after Sanders missed practice due to a “lower body injury.” At the time, the team considered Sanders week to week.
Though Sanders appeared to make progress and took part in practice all week, hamstring injuries can linger, and the Eagles felt it was best to keep Sanders out for Week 1.
After being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, Sanders rushed for 818 yards and three touchdowns in his rookie season.
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