PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders will play in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite having hand surgery less than three weeks ago.
Sanders suffered a broken right hand against the New York Giants on December 26 and had surgery the next day. He missed the last two games of the regular season but is expected to play a big role against the Bucs, coach Nick Sirianni suggested.
“There are no limitations for Miles,” he said. “He will be our boy.”
Meanwhile, starting defensive end Josh Sweat is questionable due to illness. He has been dealing with abdominal pain this week, according to Sirianni, and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned to the practice facility on Friday. Sweat is tied for first on the team with 7.5 sacks.
Sanders did not have any protective gear on his injured right hand when he entered the NovaCare practice bubble earlier this week. When asked if he would wear anything in his hand on Sunday, he replied “nothing too noteworthy.” Sanders said he tested his hand this week in part by performing ball safety drills in which assistant coaches hit the ball and catch passes from the backfield.
“I’m going to try to protect him as much as I can, but I’m not going to be out there hesitant or timid,” Sanders said. “He’s good enough to play. That’s all I know. He’s definitely good enough to play.”
The Eagles finished the regular season as the highest-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 159.7 yards per game. Sanders was second on the team in rushing yards (754) behind quarterback Jalen Hurts (784) and added 26 receptions for 158 yards.
Philadelphia, the No. 7 seed in the NFC, enters as an 8½-point underdog to the defending champion Bucs, but Sanders warned people not to sleep on the Eagles (9-8), who won four in a row before being rested. to most of its owners. in the regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I think everyone should be careful what they say about us… I think we are a very dangerous team,” he said.