The Philadelphia Eagles, who are now tied with the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in the NFC East, just got a boost to their offense.
Ryan Mathews, who hasn't played since Week 10, returned to practice today.
Mathews has been recovering from a concussion sustained in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins. In nine games this year, Mathews has 75 rushing attempts for 427 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He's also added 14 receptions for 119 yards on the year, as well as one receiving touchdown.
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Ryan Mathews is back at practice. That's a sign he cleared concussion protocol— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) December 8, 2015
The timing couldn't be more perfect for Philadelphia. With a divisional title on the line, and with fellow Eagles running back DeMarco Murray reportedly complaining to Philadelphia team owner Jeffrey Lurie after playing just 14 snaps against the New England Patriots, the Eagles may need services from Mathews more than ever.
Against the Patriots, it was Darren Sproles who played the role as the feature back, getting 15 carries for 66 yards. But the Eagles would ideally utilize Sproles as a change of pace back in a receiving role. Sproles' 40 receptions this year already matches his 40 catches he had just last year. If the Eagles want to shy away from Murray, the arrival of a healthy Mathews could make the Eagles offense a bit more lethal, and it would allow Sproles to return to the role he is more comfortable with.
The Eagles take on the Buffalo Bills at home this upcoming Sunday.