The Eagles will get a boost Wednesday as they begin to prepare for Washington and a chance to snap a three-game losing streak.
Their top running back and receiver – Ryan Mathews (knee) and Jordan Matthews (ankle) – will both practice.
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Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. Matthews, who hurt his ankle against the Packers, missed the Bengals' game. It was the first game he had ever missed in his collegiate and NFL career.
“He’s good to play,” head coach Doug Pederson said about Mathews. “We’ll find out today, but he’s cleared and ready to go.”
In the two weeks without Mathews in the lineup, the Eagles had their two worst rushing performances of the season: 81 yards against the Packers and 53 against the Bengals.
Obviously, getting behind in those games skewed those numbers plenty. But it should still be a boost to get Mathews back.
“We fell behind so it gets us out of that mode a little bit,” Pederson said. “But I like where we’re at. I do lean on that offensive line quit a bit. I do talk to them during the week and say hey this might be the week that we need to rush the ball 30-35 times and they’re up for the challenge, obviously.
“With the addition of Ryan coming back, it gives us depth and a bigger [running back] back there and hopefully we can get back to running the ball like we did a few weeks ago.”
With Matthews out against Cincinnati, undrafted rookie Paul Turner made the most of his opportunity. He caught six passes for 80 yards, while playing in the slot.
Pederson said that even with Matthews’ returning, the Eagles will still try to find ways to keep Turner involved.
The team will practice indoors Wednesday because the fields at the NovaCare Complex are too saturated thanks to Tuesday's constant rain.