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Eagles rule out Jordan Howard (shoulder) vs. Dolphins

Jordan Howard

The Philadelphia Eagles have ruled out running back Jordan Howard for their game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday due to a shoulder injury, according to the team.

Howard initially suffered the injury back in his team’s Week 9 win over the Chicago Bears and has been sidelined ever since.

For an Eagles offense that has been struggling largely due to injuries of late, this is certainly a big blow.

When healthy, Howard has been an integral part of Philadelphia’s offense this season, as he has rushed for 525 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

He has been specifically impressive over his last couple of outings, totaling 96 yards and a touchdown off of 23 carries in Week 8 and recording 82 yards off of 18 attempts in Week 9.

The Eagles acquired Howard in a trade with the Bears back in March.

Howard, who played his collegiate football at Indiana University, was originally selected by Chicago in the fifth round (150th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He had a tremendous rookie campaign, racking up 1,313 yards and six scores while registering 5.2 yards per attempt. In addition, he caught 29 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown, earning a Pro Bowl appearance.

The following year, Howard once again reached the 1,000-yard plateau, finishing with 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns as a rusher, but his efficiency dipped, as he posted just 4.1 yards per tote.

Then, last season, Howard tallied 935 yards and nine scores while logging a meager 3.7 yards per carry, leading to the Bears trading him.

Philadelphia is 5-6 and can draw even with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East with a win on Sunday.