Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:56pm
Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. It looks like Smallwood will make his return this week. Look for him to fill the Darren Sproles role in the offense, with a few extra carries, if he’s fully healthy.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden said he expects RB Rob Kelley to not only play on Monday, but to also start the game versus the Eagles. Of course, anything can happen between now and Monday so make sure to keep an active eye on Kelley's injury status.
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:46pm
Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) took full practice reps Thursday. It looks like Smallwood will make his return this week. Look for him to fill the Darren Sproles role in the offense, with a few extra carries, if he’s fully healthy.
Smallwood missed the last two games because of a knee injury. Barner has only been OK in terms of a pass-catching back, so Smallwood should jump back into the role of third down back as well as splitting time on early downs with Blount and Clement. It's a crowded backfield but Smallwood's use in the passing game should give him a fantasy advantage in PPR leagues.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:48pm
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 5. Smallwood is not expected to play. It would be a bump for LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement.
Both J.J. Nelson (hamstring) and John Brown (quad) are listed as questionable for the team's Week 5 contest against the Eagles. If both WRs miss this week's game that would give a boost to Jaron Brown, and most likely more targets for Larry Fitzgerald.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson relayed the message that Smallwood (knee) would not practice today, culminating in a week of DNPs.
If Smallwood is ruled out for the week it would leave the bulk of the carries to LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, and Kenjon Barner. We have Blount ranked as a top-26 option in both standard and PPR leagues this week, following his best game of the season in which he carried the ball 16 times for 136 yards (both season-highs).
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (hamstring, tooth) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Nelson’s playing time dipped to 29% in Week 4 upon the return of John Brown, so he’s not guaranteed to see enough snaps to be productive against the Eagles.
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:08pm
Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) did not practice Wednesday. This is a new injury for Smallwood. We’ll see what he’s able to do at practice on Thursday and Friday. Corey Clement stands to benefit the most from a potential Smallwood absence.
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:37pm
The best chance the Eagles have on their roster of replacing Darren Sproles is second-year back Wendell Smallwood, but because of his limitations in pass protection, it is unlikely they will make him the featured back.
Related Players: LeGarrette Blount
Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday Smallwood would "no doubt" have an increased role, but how much remains to be seen. This will likely still be a split backfield with Blout and Smallwood, but fantasy owners are just hoping it doesn't become a 3-man RBBC again, even without Sproles for the rest of the season.
Related players: Wendell Smallwood
The story said it's not clear how much Barner will play on offense. He is familiar with the system so if he's active he could potentially cut into Smallwood's workload, which was getting a lot of hype so far this week, on passing downs.
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