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Eagles News: Nick Sirianni gives update on Miles Sanders injury status

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders returned to practice Thursday after missing more than the last two weeks.

Head coach Nick Sirianni said today that Sanders (hamstring) has no return timetable but is “feeling better every day.”

While this isn’t exactly the news fans were hoping for; it’s certainly a step in the right direction for Sanders to be in pads again. His status will still be monitored leading up to the season opener on September 11th against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles will have to lean on Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell if Sanders isn’t ready by Week 1.

One of the many storylines of this Eagles season will be about whether or not Sanders can earn himself a contract extension with the team. A quick look at Miles Sanders’ numbers last season courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Rushing (NFL rank)

  • 70.0 PFF grade (29th)
  • 5.5 yards per attempt (5th)
  • 2.88 yards after contact per attempt (29th)
  • 21 missed tackles forced, ranks (35th)
  • 21 runs of 10+ yards, ranks (16th)
  • PFF has a ‘breakaway’ %, Sanders was 34% (5th)

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While Miles has never been a great receiving back, his calling card has been his home-run ability in the run game. His yards per carry have always been amongst the NFL’s best. The two biggest things holding him back have been ball security and injury woes.

Let’s hope health is on his side this season so he can find himself in the conversation for best backs in the league and, more importantly, help the Birds win football games.

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