Averaging 5.7 yards per carry on the year, Mathews has been the Eagles' most reliable of the team's three-headed running back committee that also features DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles. With Mark Sanchez starting in lieu of Bradford, Mathews would have been valuable in the screen game as a safety valve. Instead, Murray and Sproles will get an increased workload. Kenjon Barner will also see his first carries since 2013, Rapoport reported.
Here's the rest of Friday's injury news we are following:
- Packers running back Eddie Lacy (groin) was listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism following Lacy's Thursday practice session that he would play. McCarthy said Wednesday that James Starks would get the team's first series and Lacy would get the second, seeing how it goes from there. Getting the running game going would be a huge step towards stopping their current three-game skid.
Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) is listed as probable after McCarthy said Thursday has had "no concern" about his quarterback's availability.
- Quarterback Peyton Manning (plantar fasciitis) and pass rusher DeMarcus Ware (back) didn't travel with the Broncos to Chicago as they try to get healthy. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (finger) was back at practice but is officially questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Bears. Defensive linemen Antonio Smith (hip) and Vance Walker (shoulder) were both sidelined and are also questionable.
- Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (hip) has been downgraded to out. Fellow defensive end Chris Long (knee) are listed as questionable for Sunday versus the Ravens. Also, tight end Justice Cunningham (finger) is listed as questionable. Offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (calf) is doubtful. Center Tim Barnes (concussion) is probable.