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Eagles RB Jordan Howard still not cleared for contact after shoulder injury

Eagles, Jordan Howard

The Philadelphia Eagles will have their work cut out trying to get back into the win column versus the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether or not running back Jordan Howard will be able to assist in the effort.

Howard was unable to play in the 17-10 loss to the New England Patriots due to a shoulder injury. According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, head coach Doug Pederson says he is still not cleared for contact yet:

Doug Pederson: Jordan Howard still hasn’t been cleared for contact but will partake in individual drills. Alshon Jeffery likely limited. Nigel Bradham will practice some.

Howard’s participation at this point in the week does raise cause for concern about him potentially having to miss his second straight game, however, Pederson’s comments indicate that Philadelphia is still holding out hope that he will be good to go in the homestand versus Seattle.

The backfield has been in a state of flux in recent weeks due to Howard’s injury. The Eagles suffered yet another blow after running back Darren Sproles was ruled out for the rest of the 2019 NFL season with a torn hip flexor. As a result, the team made efforts to shore up some depth with the addition of a familiar face in running back Jay Ajayi.

Although Ajayi did not see any action against the Patriots, that could very well change this week if Howard is unable to play. He may have a chance to etch out a complementary role to running back Miles Sanders in the run game.