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After scratching and clawing to take the lead over Detroit at 23-21, the Eagles’ offense was on the field with a chance to secure a fourth-straight win to start the season. With 2:41 left in the game and a third-and-2 situation, head coach Doug Pederson called a sweep play to the right side. Fighting for the first down, Ryan Mathewsfumbled the ball. Detroit recovered and eventually kicked the game-winning field goal.
During Friday morning’s press conference, head coach Doug Pederson gave injury updates on running back Ryan Mathews (knee), wide receiver Jordan Matthews (ankle), wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham(abdomen) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) ahead of this weekend’s game against Washington.
“DGB is going to be listed going into this game as questionable,” Pederson said. “Obviously, Big V will be out this game. Ryan Mathews has been a full partRyan Mathewsicipant this week in practice. Today we’re just going to back him down just a touch so we can keep him ready to go for Sunday, so he’ll be listed as questionable. And then Jordan Matthews (will be listed as) questionable with his injury as well with that ankle. But everybody else is ready to go.”
Earlier this week, Mathews and Matthews returned to practice after both missed last weekend’s game against the Bengals. While those two offensive pieces look to return, Green-Beckham and Vaitai were held from practice due to their injuries on Wednesday and Thursday. Vaitai injured his knee during the Seattle game and has not played since, while Green-Beckham was hurt in last Sunday’s matchup.
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On the debut of NFL Fantasy LIVE’s Top 50 Players of 2016, running back Ryan Mathews was named as the No. 41-ranked player on Monday night.
Signed by the Eagles in 2015, Mathews had 539 yards rushing, 20 receptions for an additional 146 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns despite playing only 21 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Mathews was by Philadelphia Eagles jersey china far the team’s most efficient rusher with a 5.1 yards per carry average, good for fourth best in the entire NFL.
On Saturday morning, head coach Doug Pederson gave updates on the injury front, officially ruling out running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) for Monday’s game against Green Bay.
“Big V obviously with the MCL sprain, he’s not ready to go so rule him out,” Pederson said. “And Ryan Mathews with his MCL, his right knee MCL sprain, hasn’t practiced all week and still not there. So, I’m going to go ahead and we’re going to rule him out for this game as well.”
Prior to the Eagles’ Friday practice, head coach Doug Pederson gave injury updates regarding wide receiver Bryce Treggs and defensive end Vinny Curry.
Treggs (knee), who did not practice on Thursday, will be out for Sunday’s game. Curry (knee) is still day-to-day but Pederson believes the defensive end will play against Cleveland.
The Eagles’ offense didn’t make many splashy plays during Thursday night’s 17-0 win over Pittsburgh, but perhaps the biggest highlight came from undrafted rookie Paul Turner, who hauled in a 23-yard, one-handed catch, drawing oohs and aahs from the Heinz Field crowd.