Eagles injury report: Latest on Miles Sanders, Josh Sweat | Starting guard ‘questionable’ (UPDATE)

The Eagles will have their top four running backs available for Sunday’s Super Wild Card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Starting running back Miles Sanders (hand) said he would play against the Buccaneers, despite missing the last two games. Sanders said he underwent surgery immediately following the Eagles’ Week 16 win over the Giants to be ready for the playoffs. Sanders practiced all week and felt good enough to play this weekend. Sanders said if he didn’t feel like he could play at a high level, he wouldn’t have pushed to play because he knows what’s at stake in the playoffs.

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With Sanders ready to roll, he can be used in a rotation with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. Scott and Howard held down the fort with Sanders out of lineup, and now the whole trio will be able to get in and out of lineup together. Their availability could allow rookie Kenny Gainwell to see more wide receiver snaps. The Eagles only have four active wides, so Gainwell could receive playing time in the slot.

In other injury news, defensive end Josh Sweat (ill, not COVID-related) will be listed as questionable ahead of Game 1 of the playoffs, according to head coach Nick Sirianni. Sweat, the team’s top passing thrower, suffered abdominal pain earlier in the week but returned to the team facility on Friday.

If Sweat can’t play, the Eagles will be light on rookie-level talent at the defensive end. Derek Barnett and Ryan Kerrigan would likely start, while Tarron Jackson and practice squad defensive end Cameron Malveaux would fill out the rotation. Rookie lineman Milton Williams and starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox could also kick on the outside.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m. ET): Along with Sweat, the Eagles listed starting right guard Nate Herbig as “questionable” for Sunday. If Herbig can’t play, he’ll likely be replaced in the lineup by Sua Opeta or Jack Anderson.

The Eagles are expected to elevate tight end Richard Rodgers from the practice squad this weekend. Sirianni noted that Rodgers will replace injured tight end Tyree Jackson (knee) in the roster.

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. Saturday to bring up the practice squad players.

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Mike Kaye can be reached at mkaye@njadvancemedia.com.

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