The Eagles enter the week of preparation for Green Bay a little light at running back.
Both Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (rib fracture) left Sunday's game early and did not return. Head coach Doug Pederson said Mathews is day to day and Sproles won't practice early in the week but is expected to be back for the game on Monday against the Packers.
Based on Sunday, it seems like if Mathews isn't ready to play, Smallwood would become the Eagles' workhorse running back.
The story speculates Mathews won't be ready. We've already seen Sproles take 10-15 carries this year while Mathews was dealing with a tooth issue but Sproles now has a rib problem. Smallwood will likely be a big pickup this week and should get enough touches to warrant a start as long as Mathews is out. He'll still come with risks with Sproles and Barner in the mix for touches. Keep in mind this game is Monday night.