This news hardly comes as a surprise considering Smallwood didn’t participate in practice all week. Smallwood was ruled “questionable” on the final injury report and Doug Pederson said he’d be a game-time decision (so much for that).
The exact extent of Smallwood’s injury is unclear. When asked multiple times about it on Friday, all Pederson would say is that it was a knee issue that occured in the Eagles-Chargers game.
Smallwood played the most snaps of any Eagles in Week 4. He ranks second on the team in rushing (113) and ranks second among Philly running backs in receiving yards (56).
With Smallwood expected to be out, the Eagles will rely more heavily upon LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. Kenjon Barner could also see some offensive snaps in addition to returning kicks and punts.
The Eagles have been able to run the ball very effectively in their past two games. Arizona’s defense presents a tougher matchup than they’ve faced recently.
In other injury news, Cardinals wide receiver John Brown is expected to play despite being ruled questionable with a quad issue.