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Miles Sanders officially out for Week 17 with broken hand

We break down Monday’s news that Miles Sanders broke a bone in his hand. What it means for Week 17 and beyond.

Miles Sanders #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Washington Football Team at Lincoln Financial Field on December 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Friday update: Sanders is officially out this week after not practicing due to a broken hand. Jordan Howard is questionable, while Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell aren’t on the final injury report.

Thursday update: Sanders remained sidelined in practice on Thursday.

Wednesday update: Sanders, as expected, was listed as not practicing on Wednesday’s injury report. He remains out for this week.

Monday PM update: Head coach Nick Sirianni told the media on Monday afternoon that Miles Sanders broke his hand and will miss Week 17, per Josiah Anderson. The team is not placing him on injured reserve.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders suffered a hand injury in Sunday’s Week 16 win over the New York Giants, and x-rays have revealed he broke a bone, per Ian Rapoport. The report indicated Sanders left the stadium in a soft cast and will have an MRI and additional tests on Monday to determine if there is additional damage and if he can potentially play through it.

Sanders finished Sunday’s game with seven rushes for 45 yards and a three-yard reception. Boston Scott led the team with 12 rushes for 41 yards and Jordan Howard had nine rushes for 37 yards. Howard added two receptions for 19 yards and Kenneth Gainwell had a six-yard reception in two offensive snaps.

Fantasy football implications

We should know more before waiver claims are due at the end of Tuesday, but it might not be enough to know for sure if Sanders is out or not for Week 17. If we don’t know for sure, you’re better safe than sorry in making some claims. Boston Scott got the most work, but Howard and Gainwell seem likely to split up the passing work.

Gainwell has shown arguably the most talent upside of the backup trio, but Scott and Howard are steady veterans and Gainwell has lost work accordingly. The waiver ranking would be Scott, Howard, Gainwell.