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Miles Sanders placed on Eagles’ injured reserve list

Philadelphia’s top running back will miss at least three games.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are placing Miles Sanders on the injured reserve list, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport added that Sanders “should be back soon upon eligibility.”

It was previously reported by Derrick Gunn that Sanders, who suffered an ankle/foot injury against the Las Vegas Raiders, was expected to miss two-to-three weeks. With the Eagles placing him on injured reserve, Sanders will officially be unable to play in the team’s next three games. He will be eligible to be activated for Philly’s Week 11 contest against the New Orleans Saints at the earliest.

Sanders’ injury really came at an especially unfortunate time because it looked like the team was finally going to, you know, actually run the ball and get him more involved in the offense. Now the Eagles are left with just Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott as their only running backs on the 53-man roster. Both players have ability to contribute as both runners and pass-catchers but neither will be mistaken for a volume ball-carrier.

On that note, the Eagles will likely bump up Jordan Howard from the practice squad. He’s able to handle more of a workload. The Eagles figure to split their backfield touches among Howard, Gainwell, and Scott moving forward. Howard might actually lead the way in the carries while Gainwell will likely see the most targets in the passing game.