Elijah Holyfield

Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #0
Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #0

Elijah Holyfield News

Lands on IR

Holyfield (knee) was placed on the Bengals' reserve/injured list Thursday.

Analysis: Holyfield was carted off Cincinnati's practice field Wednesday after suffering what was apparently a significant knee injury. The second-year running back will now be forced to miss the entirety of the 2022 season, unless he gets waived or released with an injury settlement by the Bengals. Holyfield's injury should clear a path for running back Jacques Patrick, who was signed in a corresponding move Thursday, to compete with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams for Cincinnati's No. 3 running back spot in training camp.

Jul 28, 2022 12:01 PM EST

Suffers injury during camp

Holyfield (knee) was carted off the practice field Wednesday after suffering an apparent knee injury, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's a tough break for Holyfield, who was already a long-shot to make the Bengals 53-man roster for this season. As he and the team await a diagnosis, Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams will compete for Cincinnati's third running back spot.

Jul 27, 2022 12:32 PM EST

Joins offseason roster

Holyfield signed a reserve/future deal with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Analysis: The Bengals signed Holyfield to their practice squad in mid-October after Samaje Perine tested positive for COVID-19. The 23-year-old spent the rest of the 2021 campaign on Cincinnati's practice squad but wasn't elevated to the active roster for any contests.

Feb 15, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Joins Cincinnati's practice squad

The Bengals signed Holyfield to their practice squad Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Samaje Perine tested positive for COVID-19, and Joe Mixon was limited Sunday with an ankle, so the Bengals elected to sign Holyfield to add some emergency depth to their running back room. The 23-year-old spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad, but he was released by Philly ahead of the initial 53-man roster deadline.

Oct 12, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Checks in with Baltimore

Holyfield had a workout with the Ravens on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Baltimore has deal with injuries in the backfield to J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles), and Holyfield was among the backs brought in for workouts to potentially serve as the team's No. 3 tailback. Even if he doesn't reach a deal, Holyfield could still join the Ravens' practice squad and potentially be promoted later on.

Sep 6, 2021 5:18 PM EST

Waived by Philly

The Eagles waived Holyfield on Sunday, Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Holyfield spent the majority of the 2020 campaign on the Eagles' practice squad. He was elevated for just one game and saw five special-team snaps. The 22-year-old running back will likely find a similar role this season.

Aug 29, 2021 9:23 AM EST

Inks deal with Eagles

The Eagles have signed Holyfield to the reserves/future list on Monday.

Analysis: Holyfield has secured a spot on the Eagles' reserves/futures list and can hopefully build on his special-teams snaps. The back should provide extra depth in the backfield for Philadelphia.

Jan 4, 2021 2:26 PM EST

Back down to practice squad

Holyfield reverted back to the Eagles' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Holyfield only played five snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to the Browns and will now return to the practice squad. Should the Eagles need some extra running back depth in Monday's matchup against the Seahawks, look for Holyfield to get the call.

Nov 23, 2020 8:05 PM EST

Elevated to active roster

The Eagles have elevated Holyield to their active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Browns.

Analysis: Holyfield failed to make it through the Eagles' final roster cuts prior to Week 1 and subsequently landed on their practice squad. He is still fourth on the depth chart at running back, so he is not expected to make an impact there. However, he could potentially get some work on special teams.

Nov 21, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Waived by Eagles

Holyfield was waived by the Eagles on Thursday, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: As were fellow running backs Mike Warren and Adrian Killins. Per Kaye, Holyfield is a candidate to land on the Eagles' practice squad and "could receive a boost to the main roster when the Eagles suffer inevitable injuries in the backfield."

Sep 3, 2020 2:21 PM EST

Runs with first team Wednesday

Holyfield saw first team reps in practice on Wednesday Daniel Gallen of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Analysis: Holyfield is currently fourth on the depth chart at running back but got the chance to practice with the starters while Miles Sanders and Boston Scott each tended to lower-body injuries. Corey Clement therefore started the day as the lead back, but the undrafted rookie out of Georgia rotated in later. Neither Sanders' nor Scott's injuries are expected to be long-term, so Holyfield needs to take advantage of this limited opportunity while he can.

Aug 19, 2020 7:55 PM EST

No postseason usage

Holyfield didn't play in the Eagles' postseason loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Holyfield was signed after the regular season, as the Eagles entered the playoffs with an injury-riddled backfield. However, Miles Sanders (knee) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) played through their respective injuries while Boston Scott was full-go, so the 21-year-old Holyfield remained on the sidelines awaiting his first NFL snaps. The Eagles may retain Holyfield for another look this offseason, but he'll be vying for a special-teams role in 2020 wherever he lands.

Jan 22, 2020 10:25 AM EST

Signs with Eagles

Holyfield signed with the Eagles on Tuesday.

Analysis: Eagles running back Miles Sanders is tending to an ankle sprain, so the team decided to add a fourth active running back to roster in order to improve the depth at the position. Sanders is expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks, but Holyfield will be on hand if needed.

Dec 31, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Signs to Panthers' practice squad

Holyfield signed to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: It's been a rollercoaster the past few days for the undrafted rookie, as he originally made the Panthers' 53-man roster before ultimately being waived in order to make room for another waiver claim. During the preseason, the former Georgia Bulldog rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, while adding six receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Sep 2, 2019 9:11 PM EST

Cut by Carolina

The Panthers cut Holyfield on Sunday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Georgia survived cut-down Saturday, only to land on the wrong side of the bubble Sunday after the Panthers added three players via waivers. Holyfield should have a spot on the Carolina practice squad if he doesn't sign with another team, coming off a preseason with a 20-79-1 rushing line and 6-28-1 receiving line on eight targets. The Panthers are sticking with Jordan Scarlett and Reggie Bonnafon behind snap-hog Christian McCaffrey.

Sep 1, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Scores twice in preseason debut

Holyfield rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown, and caught two of four targets for 13 yards and another score in Thursday night's 23-13 preseason win over the Bears. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Holyfield watched Cameron Artis-Payne start at tailback, but still got into the game on Carolina's third offensive series. On his third rush, however, Holyfield turned the ball over, making for a rough first impression. Fortunately, he rallied to catch a seven-yard touchdown to begin the second half, then ended the game with an 11-yard scoring rush. Overall, that made for a mostly positive performance as he hopes to move up the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey.

Aug 8, 2019 9:07 PM EST

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