Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood misses practice due to knee injury


Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood missed practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury.

The Philadelphia Eagles got back to the practice field on Wednesday after an impressive victory last Sunday. Although things still look a bit shaky in the defensive secondary, other positions that had question marks in the offseason continued to shine last week. All three running backs and quarterback Carson Wentz combined for a total of 214 yards and a touchdown.

Second-year veteran, Wendell Smallwood had the honor of punching in the touchdown that would ultimately seal things. That was set up by a 68-yard run by LeGarrette Blount. Smallwood made a decent contribution to the team’s rushing numbers last week. He rushed for 34-yards off of 10 carries. He was also able to pick up 45 yards in the receiving game.

Smallwood’s contribution on Sunday gave the Eagles some comfort in the running game since Darren Sproles was announced to be out for the season. He proved to be more than just serviceable. Unfortunately, there are already questions about his durability.

What is the status?

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Smallwood finished the game last Sunday looking healthy as ever. As surprising as it may sound, Smallwood is rumored to be battling a knee injury. His health issues have been a problem since the 2016’s preseason (his rookie year). It doesn’t appear that much has changed in 2017.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hasn’t commented on Smallwood’s health yet. As a matter of fact, it took until the end of the day on Wednesday for Philly to list him on their injury report. There’s been no word as to when he suffered the injury, but his absence from practice is concerning.

What seemed like a surplus at running back is now slowly growing thin if Smallwood does, indeed sit out of practice. If he can’t play in this week’s game, the Eagles will have just Blount and Corey Clement handling majority of the carries. Kenjon Barner is on the roster now as well, but his sole purpose was to fill in for Sproles in the return game. Smallwood’s injury may be minor, but we won’t know for sure until we get the official word from Coach Pederson.