The Philadelphia Eagles placed Corey Clement on injured reserve and called up Boston Scott from the practice squad, according to an official announcement from the team.
Clement originally suffered a shoulder injury on the play where he fumbled a kick return in Week 2. He returned in Week 4 but he must have suffered a setback in Week 5 because he didn’t participate in practice this week. Now his season is (potentially) over.
This is a pretty disappointing development. Clement showed so promising potential as a rookie; he was the Eagles’ leading receiver in Super Bowl LII as he had four catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles were said to be high on Clement heading into 2018 but he was impacted by injuries. Now he’s heading to IR for the second year in a row. The Eagles could opt to active Clement from IR after eight weeks pass but that’s not a sure bet.
Clement’s re-injury comes at a pretty inconvenient time for the Eagles because he was poised to have an increased role with Darren Sproles hurt. Clement would’ve been the third running back behind Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. He also might’ve been returning punts for Philly.
Now it’s Scott — who appeared in two regular season games and two playoff games last season — who will be the Eagles’ third string running back. Scott fits the Sproles mold though he’s obviously not nearly as proven; Scott hasn’t logged a single offensive touch.
Scott also lacks experience as a punt returner, which is concerning because the Eagles could be counting on him to fill that role. Scott didn’t return any punts in college and he’s never done it an NFL regular season or playoff game. He’s only returned one punt the preseason for 13 yards in addition to logging two fair catches. Scott unsurprisingly didn’t look super comfortable returning punts for the Eagles in the preseason.
Current Eagles practice squad
CB Ajene Harris
WR Robert Davis
WR Greg Ward
QB Kyle Lauletta
WR Marcus Green
TE Joshua Perkins
OG Sua Opeta
DT Bruce Hector
LB Alex Singleton