Wendell Smallwood Injury: Updates on Eagles RB's Knee and Recovery

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Wendell Smallwood #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood suffered a knee injury in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins that would end his 2016 season.

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Smallwood Placed on IR 

Monday, Dec. 12

The Eagles announced they placed Smallwood on injured reserve for the remainder of the season due to his knee injury. 

Smallwood Stepped Up After Injury to Mathews

Smallwood didn't immediately play a key role in the offense after the Eagles selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. He received only three carries through the first two weeks. But Ryan Mathews' ankle injury thrust him into the spotlight in Week 3, and he tallied 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

The 22-year-old West Virginia product remained durable during his time with the Mountaineers. He appeared in all 38 games across three years in Morgantown. He did miss some time during training camp this year while dealing with a quad injury, though.

All told, Smallwood has showcased enough upside when given the chance to play that he should get involved in the offense again once he returns to full strength next season.