Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24
Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24

Miles Sanders News

Looking for more consistency

As he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, Sanders -- who has played in 12 games in each of his last two seasons -- is striving for more consistency, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, the 2019 second-rounder noted that in order to achieve more consistency, he "need(s) opportunities." In his 12 games during the 2021 campaign, Sanders didn't score a TD, but he parlayed his 137 rushing attempts into an average of 5.5 yards per carry, while chipping in 26 catches on 34 targets. This coming season, the Penn State product remains the Eagles' top backfield option, with returnees Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott and Jason Huntley in the mix for complementary work. In that context, staying healthy will be crucial with regard to Sanders achieving his goal of steadier touches in the Philadelphia offense in 2022, and as training camp approaches, the 25-year-old has no reported injury concerns.

Jun 30, 2022 10:45 AM EST

Seven carries in return

Sanders (hand) recorded seven carries for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-15 wild-card round loss to the Buccaneers. He added three receptions for 12 yards.

Analysis: Sanders accounted for seven of the team's nine rushing attempts by running backs in the game, though Jalen Hurts and game script lowered his overall volume. He was largely constrained by the Buccaneers' stout run defense, though he did tally one rush that went for a double-digit gain. Though Sanders managed his most efficient season on the ground in 2021, he will enter the final year of his rookie contract having failed to top 180 rushing attempts in any of his first three campaigns as a pro.

Jan 16, 2022 2:23 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday return

Sanders (hand) doesn't have an injury status for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sanders was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday and a full participant Friday, after he spent the final two weeks of the regular season recovering from a broken hand. While it could impact the running back's receiving ability or even ball security, coach Nick Sirianni said Friday that Sanders will have "no limitations" come Sunday. The fourth-year back does have competition for carries in the form of QB Jalen Hurts and fellow RBs Jordan Howard and Boston Scott, not to mention a challenging matchup against Tampa's top-ranked run defense. Still, Sanders is the favorite to lead Philadelphia's rushing attack, which also ranks first in the league in total yardage.

Jan 14, 2022 11:57 AM EST

Expects to play

Sanders (hand) said Friday that he "absolutely" will play in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sanders fractured his hand Week 16 and missed the final two games of the regular season after undergoing surgery. He now appears ready for the playoffs after limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, with Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal noting that Sanders' media availability Friday is a strong hint in that direction (even without the optimistic comment). It doesn't necessarily mean he'll be removed from the injury report -- nor does it mean his hand is back at 100 percent -- but Sanders is at least on track to play Sunday afternoon. He does get a tough matchup against Tampa, and the Eagles aren't likely to go out of their way to throw him passes with the recently broken hand.

Jan 14, 2022 10:21 AM EST

Remains limited in practice

Sanders (hand) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Since fracturing his hand in the Eagles' Week 16 win over the Giants, Sanders has missed two straight games and hasn't put in a full practice. He's at least taken a step forward in terms of activity as the Eagles prepare for Sunday's wild-card game in Tampa Bay, as Sanders has now turned in consecutive limited practices to begin the week. Another limited showing wouldn't necessarily close the door on him playing Sunday, but he'll likely need to upgrade to full activity to avoid taking a designation into the weekend. If the Eagles decide Sanders' hand hasn't healed enough for him to play against the Buccaneers, the team would likely turn to a combination of Boston Scott and Jordan Howard to carry the load on the ground, while rookie Kenneth Gainwell serves as a change-of-pace option.

Jan 13, 2022 1:04 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Sanders (hand) was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: After suffering a broken hand Week 17 against the Giants, Sanders was unable to practice Tuesday through Thursday last week and ruled out ahead of Saturday's eventual loss to the Cowboys. The Eagles also were down Boston Scott and Jordan Howard in the regular-season finale due to both residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving the backfield to Kenneth Gainwell and Jason Huntley. Both Scott and Howard cleared league protocols Monday, and now Sanders himself is setting himself for a potential return for Sunday's wild-card game at Tampa Bay. How Sanders fares in practice Thursday and Friday will determine whether he heads into the weekend with a designation.

Jan 12, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Hopeful to face Buccaneers

Coach Nick Sirianni said Monday he's "hopeful" Sanders (hand) will be available for Sunday's wild-card contest against the Buccaneers, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Sanders is recovering from a broken hand suffered Week 17 against the Giants, and he was inactive for the Eagles' regular-season finale against the Cowboys. Philadelphia should also have a solid chance at getting both Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, which would give the offense a full complement of backfield options.

Jan 10, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Not playing in Week 18

Sanders (hand) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Such an outcome was expected due to the broken hand that Sanders sustained Week 17 against the Giants. Coach Nick Sirianni has expressed hope that Sanders will be healthy enough to play in the wild-card round of the postseason, according to Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger. Having said that, with Sanders sidelined and Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, rookie fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell remains the only healthy running back on the Eagles' active roster.

Jan 6, 2022 1:16 PM EST

Not at practice, as expected

Sanders (hand) isn't practicing Wednesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Coach Nick Sirianni already acknowledged that Sanders is unlikely to return for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Cowboys. Meanwhile, fellow Eagles RBs Jordan Howard and Boston Scott were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, potentially leaving Kenneth Gainwell in a key role Week 18, though Howard/Scott still have time to make it back. Sanders, on the other hand, likely is targeting the playoffs for his return from a broken hand.

Jan 5, 2022 10:55 AM EST

Misses practice, likely out Week 18

Sanders (hand) didn't participate in Tuesday's walk-through practice.

Analysis: Sanders' listing on the Eagles' first Week 18 practice report comes as little surprise after head coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that he expects the running back to sit out Saturday's regular-season finale versus the Cowboys. The Eagles are tentatively leaving the door open for Sanders to suit up this weekend, but he'll need to practice in some fashion Wednesday or Thursday to make that a reality. With Sanders likely headed for a second straight absence, the Eagles could be woefully shorthanded in the backfield Saturday. Boston Scott (illness) and Jordan Howard (illness) were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, leaving Kenneth Gainwell as the only healthy back on the roster at the moment.

Jan 4, 2022 3:31 PM EST

Headed for Week 18 absence

Head coach Nick Sirianni said Sanders (hand) isn't expected to play Saturday against the Cowboys, though the Eagles are hopeful the running back will be ready to go for the wild-card round of the playoffs, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: While they were without their top back Week 17, the Eagles were still able to punch their ticket to the postseason with a 20-16 win over Washington plus some help from other teams. In place of Sanders, the Eagles turned to Boston Scott (14 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns) as their lead option on the ground, though Jordan Howard (11 carries for 26 yards) saw a steady amount of involvement, too. With little at stake for the Eagles in Week 18, Sanders looks like he'll have another opportunity to let his fractured hand heal, but he should have a decent chance at being ready to go for the start of the postseason.

Jan 3, 2022 12:13 PM EST

Out Week 17, should avoid IR

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed Sanders suffered a broken hand in Sunday's win over the Giants and will be sidelined Week 17 against Washington, but the running back is expected to avoid a stint on injured reserve, Jimmy Kempski of reports.

Analysis: The Philadelphia training staff will likely hold Sanders out of practices during the upcoming week and wait and see how his hand heals over the next several days before reassessing his condition ahead of the Jan. 9 regular-season finale against the Cowboys. If Sanders is cleared to return for Week 18 or during the first round of the postseason (should the Eagles secure a playoff spot), he may need to wear some form of protection on his fractured hand. Sirianni added that Jordan Howard (neck), who suffered a stinger in Week 16, could be ready to go for the game in Washington, in which case he and Boston Scott would likely split most of the carries out of the Philadelphia backfield. Rookie Kenny Gainwell remains on hand as a change-of-pace option.

Dec 27, 2021 11:53 AM EST

Breaks bone in hand

Sanders broke a bone in his hand and will need additional tests to see if he can play through the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sanders was removed from Sunday's win over the Giants in the second quarter and later left the stadium with a soft cast around his broken hand. Jordan Howard (stinger) also made an early exit, leaving Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell as the Eagles' healthy running backs. Scott would be the best bet for carries if both Sanders and Howard are out Week 17 against Washington.

Dec 27, 2021 5:23 AM EST

Will not return to Sunday's game

Sanders (hand) will not return to Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Sanders injured his hand in the first half of Sunday's contest, and that will wind up bringing an early end to his day. Jordan Howard is next in line at the running back position, and Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell could get involved as well.

Dec 26, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Picks up hand injury

Sanders injured his hand in Sunday's game against the Giants and is questionable to return, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sanders was slowed by a quad injury this past week and an ankle issue the week before, and he has now added another injury to the list.

Dec 26, 2021 11:39 AM EST

Clear for Week 16

Sanders (quadriceps) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Sanders was held out of practice all week due to a quad concern, but clearly the absences were maintenance related, as the issue won't keep him from suiting up for Week 16 action. If he's set to take on his usual allotment of snaps, he could be in line for a significant workload again after taking on 47 touches in the Eagles' last two contests, which could yield fruit versus a Giants defense that has conceded 153.6 yards from scrimmage per game to running backs this season.

Dec 24, 2021 12:25 PM EST

No activity Thursday

Sanders (quadriceps) was a non-participant at Thursday's walkthrough.

Analysis: Because the Eagles played Tuesday against Washington, the team is easing into Week 16 prep, not holding a session at all Wednesday before getting in some on-field work Thursday. Even so, Sanders wouldn't have practiced either day, placing his availability for Sunday's game versus the Giants in question. Sanders has taken on a massive workload the past two contests -- 47 touches for 288 yards from scrimmage -- so Philadelphia may be managing his health with game day in mind. Still, his status should continue to be watched to get a sense of his availability this weekend. Jordan Howard (knee) likely would be in line for a significant workload if Sanders is unable to go Sunday.

Dec 23, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Tending to new injury

Sanders was estimated as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report due to a quadriceps injury.

Analysis: Sanders previously has dealt with ankle issues this season, so this quad concern is a new one for the third-year running back. He is coming off back-to-back 100-yard efforts on the ground against the Jets and Washington in which he combined for 47 touches for 288 yards from scrimmage. The Eagles may be managing Sanders' activity due to the recent heavy workload, but his listing on their last two injury reports of Week 16 prep may provide some insight into his potential to play (or not) Sunday against the Giants.

Dec 22, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Second straight 100-yard effort

Sanders rushed 18 times for 131 yards and secured both his targets for 15 yards in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Jalen Hurts and Dallas Goedert stole the show through the air -- and Hurts certainly made his own notable contributions with his legs as well -- but Sanders also stood out with his second straight 100-yard effort. While two games is a small sample, it's still a very timely late-season surge for Sanders, who now has his two highest carry and yardage totals of the season in his last two games. The third-year back also showed no ill effects from the ankle injury he'd suffered Week 13 against the Jets, leaving him poised to enter another favorable divisional matchup in Week 16 against the Giants with plenty of momentum.

Dec 21, 2021 7:40 PM EST

Full practice

Sanders (ankle) was a full practice participant Friday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Jordan Howard (knee), with coach Nick Sirianni confirming Friday that both running backs will play in the Week 15 contest against Washington on Tuesday. It's a friendly enough matchup for multiple backs to be productive, though guarantees are few and far between with Howard and Boston Scott likely mixing in behind Sanders, who ran for a season-high 120 yards last week while sharing the backfield with rookie Kenneth Gainwell (rather than Scott/Howard).

Dec 17, 2021 1:46 PM EST

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