Ryan Mathews Injury: Updates on Eagles Star's Knee and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18:  Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 18, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews hadn't played since he suffered a sprained MCL in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Mathews Active vs. Redskins

Sunday, Dec. 11

The Eagles announced Mathews is available to play in Week 14 against Washington.

Latest on Mathews' Practice Status

Friday, Dec. 9

The Eagles announced Mathews was a full participant in practice on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. 

Pederson Comments on Mathews' Recovery

Monday, Dec. 5

Pederson told reporters that Mathews is ready to go after sitting out against the Cincinnati Bengals, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pederson Comments on Mathews' Injury

Saturday, Nov. 26

"He had a pretty significant knee [injury]," Pederson said, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "There is a concern that it could linger." 

Latest on Mathews' Diagnosis

Monday, Nov. 21

Pederson told reporters that Mathews is day-to-day with a right knee injury.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reported on Nov. 20 that the "initial word" on Mathews was that he sprained his MCL and that he will be evaluated further.

Mathews Has Battled Injury Bug During Career

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Injuries have been a problem throughout Mathews' NFL career. Only once in his first six years did he play a full 16-game season. For fantasy football owners, few running backs have been as consistently frustrating as Mathews, who has played well when healthy.

Entering the 2016 season, the 29-year-old averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 63 yards per game while often splitting time in the backfield with another running back.

Ankle stiffness slowed Mathews in Philadelphia's Week 3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He carried the ball twice for minus-five yards.