The Philadelphia Eagles will be without their star running back in Week 1.
Saturday’s injury report brought some good and bad news for Philadelphia Eagles fans. On one hand, Jalen Reagor will be available for their Week 1 matchup versus the Washington Football Team. On the other, second-year running back Miles Sanders has been ruled out with a hamstring injury after being originally listed as questionable. Derek Barnett will miss the game as well as he’s been ruled out.
Not having Sanders against Washington is definitely a blow, but it isn’t one they can’t recover from. One of his backfield mates, Corey Clement, was on the injury report early in the week, but he practiced without limitations on Friday. He’ll likely back up Boston Scott, who should get most of the workload in relief of Sanders.
Boston Scott should be able to step up for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Originally a sixth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2018, Scott was later signed from the Saints practice squad by the ‘Birds’. He didn’t do much of note in his rookie season, but he made the most of his opportunities when he was given a chance last year.
Scott started two of the 11 games he played in 2019 and averaged a little over five carries per game. He was solid in his appearances but had the Penn State standout not suffered an ankle injury against that Giants in the Eagles’ regular-season finale, Scott could have possibly become an afterthought on Philly’s roster. As fate would have it, that sanders injury set the stage for a phenomenal performance versus the ‘G-Men’ as Scott scored three rushing touchdowns and helped the ‘Birds’ clinch the NFC East and a playoff berth.
So here we are. Sanders is out again, and the Eagles are hoping Scott has another performance like what he did in Week 17 of the 2019-2020 season in him. This time he’ll have to maneuver around a sturdy Washington defensive line. The season isn’t on the line yet, but this game will be important, being that it’s against a divisional opponent. ’35’ will need to play well. If he does, it will go a long way in determining a winner.
Scott won’t be asked to put the Eagles’ offense on his shoulders, as the team has a talented group at wide receiver and a couple tight ends to throw the ball to. All Scott has to do is play his part, as he’s always done (move the chains here and there and maybe even score a touchdown). He’s shown he can do it in the past, so there’s no reason to think he can’t do in the ‘Birds’ season opener.