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Reich: Jordan Howard not cleared for contact

Jordan Howard has yet to be cleared for contact due to shoulder injury

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard runs past Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.  Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Howard has still not been cleared for contact due to his shoulder injury, according to head coach Frank Reich. Beat writer Jeff McLane reports that Howard will see work in individual drills on Wednesday.

There isn’t a timetable for Howard’s return. They will wait with the rest of us for Howard to be cleared by the doctors. If Howard can’t go, we will see Jay Ajayi this week, according to Reich. Reich also mentioned that Ajayi was signed due to Darren Sproles heading to I.R. and not because of Howard’s injury.

Miles Sanders lead the way with Howard out last week, but couldn’t amass many stats against the stout Patriots defense. He will again get the lead against Seattle this week if Howard is out and in a better matchup. Ajayi would cut into Sanders’ work, but he likely would still be an ancillary piece at this point in the offense.