The major concern for many Eagles fans the past few weeks has been the status of Miles Sanders. The team insisted he was fine all along. But when it had been 3 weeks with 0 practices, it is reasonable to doubt what the Eagles were telling us. But now, with game 1 just a few days away, Miles Sanders is practicing. Nick Sirianni noted in his Wednesday press conference that every Eagles player on the active roster will practice today.
Nick Sirianni says every player will be doing something at practice today including Miles Sanders— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 7, 2022
Nick said he spoke to Eagles about having that Dawg Mentality at meeting today for game week pic.twitter.com/nJF0PkISvq
Now Sanders practicing does not mean he is a lock to play. And it is worth pointing out that Sirianni didn’t say he will be a full participant. But it is a good sign. Sanders is no stranger to missing games. He missed several games last year after injuring himself vs the Raiders. Thankfully, the Eagles running game didn’t miss a beat without him, with Jordan Howard and Boston Scott picking up the slack. And in 2020 he missed 4 games as well. But when Sanders did play, he was often their most productive back.
Behind Sanders, the Eagles’ options at RB are Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell, and Trey Sermon. Gainwell served as a nice change of pace back his rookie year, but is not an every-down back. Trey Sermon is a former 3rd round pick, but he only just joined the team and may not know the offense yet. So it is expected Boston Scott to get the majority of the snaps if Sanders can’t go.
But the fact he is practicing again is a good sign. The Eagles start their season Sunday in Detroit, and it would be nice to have their starting RB. They did manage to blow the Lions out last year without Sanders, but both teams are different this year. It is Miles Sanders last year on his rookie deal. So he has a ton of pressure to perform well to get the best contract he can, even if it is likely to be elsewhere.
The next few days will be crucial to deciding if he can play. Sanders sitting as long as he did shows the injury was more serious than the team was willing to admit. But if he can be a full participant in practice the next few days, it will be a good sign he is able to play. On the flip side, if he is limited in practice, it may not be the best sign for his status.