Jordan Howard, RB (FA)

Bound for smaller rotation role

Howard and Boston Scott are expected to rotate in behind lead option Miles Sanders (hand) for reps out of the backfield in Sunday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Howard and Scott were sidelined for the regular-season finale against Dallas due to stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Sanders was out for the second game in a row as he continued to recover from hand surgery. When Sanders was idle for the Week 17 win in Washington, Scott played a position-leading 52 percent of the offensive snaps and took 14 carries for 47 yards and two scores to go with four receptions for 39 yards, while Howard played 34 percent of snaps and finished with 11 carries for 26 yards. Both Howard and Scott will be hard pressed to see double-digit touches in the postseason opener, as head coach Nick Sirianni said that Sanders will face "no limitations" this Sunday after practicing fully Friday, according to Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com. That said, Sanders hasn't topped 60 percent of snaps since Week 6, so the Eagles should have small roles in the game plan available for both Howard and Scott. Scott is a decent bet to serve as a change-of-pace option who can relieve Sanders if there's any question about his ability to catch the ball securely in his return from the hand injury, while Howard's sturdy six-foot, 222-pound frame makes him well suited for short-yardage and goal-line work.

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