Donnel Pumphrey

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Running Back #34
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Running Back #34

Donnel Pumphrey News

Waived by Eagles

Pumphrey was waived by Philadelphia on Saturday.

Analysis: After an impressive college career, Phumphrey has failed to make an active roster since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent much of 2018 on the Eagles' practice squad and he may find himself there once again in 2019.

Sep 1, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Signs with Eagles

Pumphrey signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Monday.

Analysis: Pumphrey, a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2017, signed with Philadelphia's practice squad in October after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He will have another opportunity to make final roster cuts in the leadup to the 2019 campaign.

Jan 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Joins Eagles' practice squad

Pumphrey signed with Philadelphia's practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The San Diego State product was originally cut from the Lions' practice squad Sept. 26, and found a new team Tuesday. The Eagles have been in the market for running back depth after they placed Jay Ajayi (knee) on injured reserve. Pumphrey has yet to make his NFL regular-season debut after a torn hamstring kept him on injured reserve throughout his rookie campaign.

Oct 23, 2018 10:14 AM EST

Released from Detroit's practice squad

The Lions released Pumphrey from the practice squad Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey joined Detroit's practice squad after being released by Philadelphia, but was unable to carve out a depth position. The 2017 fourth-round pick saw his rookie season derailed by injuries, along with the subsequent 2018 preseason, and has yet to make his NFL debut. Pumphrey will look to catch on as a kick returner or depth running back elsewhere in the league.

Sep 26, 2018 9:20 AM EST

Lands with Lions' practice squad

The Lions added Pumphrey to their practice squad Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Analysis: A 2017 fourth-rounder, Pumphrey was did not appear in a single regular-season game during his injury riddled rookie season. Pumphrey provides additional depth to a Lions running back room already consisting of Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. The 23-year-old's 5-foot-9, 176-pound frame likely limits his potential as an every-down back, but Pumphrey could tentatively find a spot behind Riddick if he shows well as a pass catcher.

Sep 5, 2018 10:24 AM EST

Headed to Motown

The Lions plan to sign Pumphrey, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Adding Pumphrey gives the Lions added depth behind Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick and probably isn't the best sign with regard to Ameer Abdullah's standing with the team. At 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, Pumphrey isn't ideally suited for every-down work, but he can at least provide Detroit with a change-of-pace alternative to Riddick.

Sep 4, 2018 10:19 AM EST

Waived by Eagles

The Eagles waived Pumphrey on Saturday, Zack Rosenblatt of reports.

Analysis: A fourth-round selection in 2017, Pumphrey was injury-prone during his entire tenure with the Eagles and didn't appear in a single regular-season game. In reality, though, he had a tough path to a roster spot in a backfield composed of Jay Ajayi (undisclosed), Corey Clement, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood.

Sep 1, 2018 9:59 AM EST

Returns to practice Tuesday

Pumphrey (hamstring) participated in Tuesday's practice, Zack Rosenblatt of reports.

Analysis: This coincides with the expectationv that Pumphrey was going to be able to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets. Pumphrey is still considered a long shot to make the Eagles' final roster with the team boasting quality depth at running back already.

Aug 28, 2018 9:45 AM EST

Expects to play Thursday

Pumphrey (hamstring) expects to see the field in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey also said that his hamstring "feels good" after being limited in yesterday's practice. The 2017 fourth-rounder spent last season on injured reserve following a dismal training camp, but has bulked up since his rookie season. Even if Pumphrey can show well against the Jets, he isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster behind Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles.

Aug 27, 2018 10:29 AM EST

Will work into practice Sunday

Pumphrey (hamstring) will practice in a limited fashion Sunday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Analysis: Earlier in the week Pumphrey said he was "100 percent," but the doctors are still exercising caution. The 2017 fourth-round pick has yet to play in a preseason game, and even if he plays Thursday against the Jets, it won't be against the starters. Pumphrey's odds are slim to beat out Wendell Smallwood for the No. 4 RB position.

Aug 26, 2018 9:28 AM EST

To return this weekend

Pumphrey (hamstring) is expected to return to practice this weekend, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey indicated he is back to "100 percent" health, but that remains to be seen. However, assuming any setbacks he plans on returning to practice once the Eagles return from their exhibition game against the Browns. The 23-year-old is competing against Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams (foot) for the No. 4 running back role should the Eagles carry that many.

Aug 21, 2018 6:46 PM EST

Leg injury clarified as hamstring

Pumphrey relayed that the leg issue he's been dealing with throughout preseason is a re-injury of his hamstring, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: It's an alarming revelation since Pumphrey missed the 2017 season with a torn hamstring. The second-year pro still won't practice the rest of the week and will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, but he hopes to play in the final exhibition contest. Pumphrey's competing against Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams (foot) for the No. 4 RB gig.

Aug 21, 2018 4:49 PM EST

Out of practice for upcoming week

Pumphrey (leg) won't practice this week or play in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey is battling for the No. 4 RB role in Philly, so missing the first three preseason games leaves him with little relevant game film to prove his worth. If he can return for the final exhibition contest against the Jets, it'll be against their reserve defense and leave much to the imagination.

Aug 19, 2018 10:23 AM EST

Unlikely to play Thursday

Pumphrey (lower body) is not expected to participate in Thursday's exhibition game against the Patriots, Les Bowen of reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey left Saturday's practice with a lower body injury and has been held out since. The severity of this issue is unknown at this time, but he is not expected to suit up for Week 2 of the preseason. With several running backs ahead of him on the depth chart a quick return would be advantageous for his chances of earning a spot on the final roster.

Aug 14, 2018 6:21 PM EST

Suffers lower body injury

Pumphrey left Saturday's practice with a lower body injury and will not return, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: The specifics of Pumphrey's injury are yet to be released, so it's hard to say how severe it may be at this time. Pumphrey, who is competing for a depth role in the Eagles' backfield, was already held out of the team's first preseason game, and missing a second due to injury could severely hurt his chances of making the final roster.

Aug 11, 2018 10:23 AM EST

Out for Thursday's preseason game

Pumphrey will not play in Thursday's preseason game against Pittsburgh, Jeff Skversky of ABC TV 6 in Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Pumphrey is likely competing with Wendell Smallwood, Matt Jones and Josh Adams for what may only be one reserve running back roster spot. He's likely getting the game off and will show what he can do next week.

Aug 9, 2018 3:22 PM EST

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