Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard is meeting with his doctors on Thursday in hopes that he will be cleared for contact, coach Doug Pederson announced, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The hope is that if Howard is cleared, he will be able to play Sunday against the New York Giants. That would be a big boost to a backfield that can help wrap up the NFC East with a win. He has been out since Week 9 dealing with a shoulder injury.

The Eagles already released tailback Jay Ajayi, so it would be a bit shocking at this point if he weren't cleared based on the moves from Philadelphia.

The only bright spot to come out of this injury has been rookie running back Miles Sanders, who has gotten more runs in the offense. Offensive coordinator Mike Groh has been impressed with the growth.

“I think Miles has grown in so many areas. … Certainly he’s been able to handle everything that we’ve given to him,” Groh said via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s approached it like a true veteran throughout the course of the season, and you can see he’s getting the results.”

“It’s not an accident. It’s through a lot of hard work. There’s been no shortcuts to where we are. Duce [Staley, the running backs coach] has done a great job in getting him coached up and ready to play, and he’s taken the coaching to not only to practice but into the games and performed.”

It's unclear how big of role Howard will have if he does play on Sunday, but any production he can provide will be a big boost to the offense.