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Miles Sanders says he is “absolutely” playing in Wild Card round

We break down the news that Miles Sanders is dealing with a hand injury for Wild Card round.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) runs with the ball against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: When asked if he was going to play against the Buccaneers this Sunday, Sanders answered, “absolutely,” per Jeff McClane.

Thursday update: Sanders was once again limited on Thursday, but was also seen without anything on his hand, meaning he has likely moved past the need to wrap, support it like before.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders was limited in practice Wednesday with a hand injury, per Dave Zangaro. The Eagles went through a walkthrough ahead of Sunday’s wild card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fantasy football implications

Sanders has missed the last two games due to a fractured hand that he suffered in Week 16 against the New York Giants. In that game, the former Penn State standout had 45 yards on seven carries, along with a three-yard reception.

The 24-year-old running back will likely start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Jordan Howard as the No. 2 running back. Before getting hurt in Week 16, Sanders had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. The Eagles will need Sanders, Howard, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell to be effective against one of the tougher run defenses. Scott played well in Week 17 against the Washington Football Team, while Gainwell shined in the regular-season finale as the team’s lead back.