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RB Ryan Mathews Out Vs. Packers

On Saturday morning, head coach Doug Pederson gave updates on the injury front, officially ruling out running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) for Monday's game against Green Bay.

"Big V obviously with the MCL sprain, he's not ready to go so rule him out," Pederson said. "And Ryan Mathews with his MCL, his right knee MCL sprain, hasn't practiced all week and still not there. So, I'm going to go ahead and we're going to rule him out for this game as well."

With Vaitai out, the Eagles plan to start Allen Barbre at right tackle and have Stefen Wisniewski fill in at left guard. Additionally, on the running back side, the team will rely more on Wendell Smallwood due to Mathews' absence. Darren Sproles (rib) will also be available on Monday despite his injury.

Four other Eagles were listed on the report this week, including defensive end Steven Means (illness), defensive end Connor Barwin (knee), safety Terrence Brooks (hamstring) and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (concussion). Pederson expects those players to be fine for this game as well.

For the Packers, 10 players were listed on the injury report, including both of their starting inside linebackers. Blake Martinez (knee) was officially ruled out, while Jake Ryan (ankle) is listed as questionable. Good news for the Packers is that cornerback Damarious Randall (groin), who has missed the team's last five games, returned to practice as a limited participant this week. But, he is also questionable for Monday night's game.

Along the offensive line, starters JC Tretter (knee) and T.J. Lang (foot) have both been ruled out and backup Don Barclay (shoulder) is questionable. In addition to those five players, safety Brice Kentrell (back), linebacker Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), cornerback Demetri Goodson (knee) and defensive back Micah Hyde (shoulder) were also included on the Packers' injury report.

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