Ryan Mathews‘ season is over, Eagles coach Doug Pederson tells reporters (Twitter link via Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer). He will need surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The injury happened on a third down goal line play and, remarkably, Mathews stayed in for fourth down and carried the ball.
With a $5MM cap hit next year, Mathews may have played his final game for the Eagles. Philly can save $4MM by releasing him.
Mathews also missed time this year with an MCL sprain. In total, his season ends with 13 games played and 661 yards off of 155 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. He also had eight rushing touchdowns plus 13 catches for 115 yards.
Of course, with a 6-9 record, the Eagles will not be playing for much in the season finale against the Cowboys. And, by virtue of their win over the Giants on Thursday, the game is effectively meaningless for Dallas as well. The Cowboys have secured the NFC East crown and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Without Mathews, the Eagles are left with Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall. The Eagles don’t have any running backs on the p-squad, so they’ll have to go out-of-house if they want a third running back for this game.
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