The Philadelphia Eagles look set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday without one of 2015's standout performers.
That's after NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported today that Eagles running back Ryan Mathews is "out" of this weekend's crunch game.
Not made it
The news is yet to be confirmed by the NFC East franchise, but it certainly looks like Mathews has failed to make it through the NFL's concussion protocol in time to suit up for week 11.
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Mathews' absence is a big blow for Philadelphia as they look to keep themselves in the playoff hunt with a win vs Tampa Bay.
The 28-year-old has been one of the Eagles' most productive players on offense since arriving from San Diego in the offseason - his 5.7 yards-per-carry far outranking DeMarco Murray's 3.5 average.
Mathews has 546 yards from scrimmage so far in 2015 and leads the team with six total touchdowns.
With quarterback Sam Bradford also battling a concussion - not to mention a shoulder injury - at present, Philadelphia is all but certain to go into the weekend two big names light.
Having Mathews in there as a safety valve play for backup QB Mark Sanchez would certainly have been preferable for Chip Kelly.
Run game pressure
Now, though, there will be extra responsibility on the shoulder of Murray to carry the running game better than he has done so far this year. The former Cowboy will be aided by Darren Sproles as well as Kenjon Barner who will likely be made active for the game.
Considering the Bucs give up just 3.6 yards-per-carry to opposition RBs (third lowest in the NFL), it will be interesting to see how Philly get on without Mathews as an option in the backfield.
Eagles fans: Can your team still make the playoffs despite ongoing injury issues? Have your say in the comments below...
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