QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Mathews (neck) is still likely to be released, PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews was cleared to resume working out around the time of the draft, and while he still hasn't passed a physical, the Eagles likely expect him to do so before the start of training camp. The team apparently intends to release him with an injury settlement even if he can't pass a physical, ready to move forward with a backfield led by Wendell Smallwood (knee), Darren Sproles and fourth-round rookie Donnel Pumphrey. Philadelphia could look to add some size to its backfield through free agency or a trade, as LeGarrette Blount remains unsigned and a few teams appear to have at least three or four competent runners.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Mathews (neck) has been cleared to work out, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

General manager Howie Roseman said as much following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. During the event, the Eagles expressed a pseudo vote of confidence in its existing running back corps, bringing in just Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Before he can begin fending off the likes of Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood (knee) in the offseason program, Mathews' primary hurdle remains his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Although Mathews is now able to work out, the extent of his activity is unknown upon the completion of Phase 1 of the program this past week.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
4 months ago

Eagles GM Howie Roseman said last week that Mathews was doing well as he recovers from surgery on his herniated disk, Calkins Media reports. "Ryan is doing great and we full expect him to be ready to play," Roseman noted at the Combine. "He's under contract and it's as simple as that at this time."

EDGE Analysis

It has been speculated that Mathews will be released to bring the Eagles $4 million in cap relief, but Roseman would not comment on the situation since league rules prohibit cutting an injured player. The running back will be entering his age-30 season in 2017 and has always struggled with injuries and ball-control issues, but he should be healthy by the time next season begins and able to contribute wherever he ends up. Wendell Smallwood (knee) and Darren Sproles remain in the fold for the Eagles, but the club is likely to try and bring in additional help via free agency or the draft, if Mathews is in fact let go once he's healthy, according to Philly.com.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
5 months ago

Mathews (back) rushed 155 times for 661 yards and eight touchdowns to go with 13 receptions (on 14 targets) for 115 yards and another score in 13 games played this season.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews was the Eagles' best offensive weapon for much of this season, accounting for a career-best nine touchdowns on the campaign. Although underwhelming overall, his 661 rushing yards marked his most since 2013, and Mathews averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry for the fourth straight season. While that made him a productive fantasy commodity when healthy, injuries once again damaged his stock, as Mathews not only missed two games due to a knee ailment, but also ended the season on IR after suffering a herniated disk during Week 16. That back problem will require the 29-year-old Mathews' progress to be tracked this offseason, when he'll transition into his final year under contract with the Eagles.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
6 months ago

The Eagles placed Mathews (back) on injured reserve Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Initially diagnosed with a stinger last Thursday versus the Giants, further evaluation revealed a herniated disk, which won't allow Mathews to suit up in Week 17. As a result, landing on injured reserve was more or less expected as he turns his focus to rehabilitation. With Mathews out of the lineup Sunday against the Cowboys, the Eagles will rely upon the duo of Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall to fuel the ground game.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
6 months ago

Mathews suffered a herniated disk during Thursday night's win over the Giants and will not play in Week 17 against the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews was forced to exit in the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory with what was initially described as a stinger. The damage he incurred is clearly more severe than that, and will end his regular season with 661 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. With Mathews sidelined, Darren Sproles figures to see more snaps next weekend, with Byron Marshall being the only healthy option at running back behind him.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
6 months ago

Mathews is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Giants after suffering a stinger in an undisclosed location.

EDGE Analysis

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game. Mathews had tallied 46 yards on 18 carries to go along with catching his only target for 16 yards. Darren Sproles figures to shoulder the load in the backfield going forward if Mathews is unable to return.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
6 months ago

Mathews rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and added a five-yard catch in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews tied the game in the second quarter with a four-yard cutback run. Mathews missed two games in between, but the former first-round pick has scored in four of his last six outings, putting up five touchdowns overall. While there has been plenty of mystery to Philly's backfield this season, Mathews has clearly emerged as the team's safest bet as the season winds to a close.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
7 months ago

Mathews rushed 15 times for 60 yards Sunday against Washington.

EDGE Analysis

With Wendell Smallwood forced from the game early with a knee injury, Mathews had 15 of the team's 26 rushing attempts. Even if Smallwood is forced to miss next week's game, Mathews would have a brutal road matchup against the Ravens, though potential volume could make him a useful fantasy option.

QRyan Mathews
RB PHI (10)
7 months ago

Mathews (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Redskins, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite logging full practices all week, Mathews was curiously deemed questionable, which may have been the Eagles' means of a fail-safe following a two-game absence due to an MCL issue. Although he would typically be atop head coach Doug Pederson's options at running back, Mathews may fall behind Wendell Smallwood in the touch department Sunday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.