Instant analysis: Eagles place Corey Clement on IR & call up preseason standout

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One of the most significant plays of the Eagles’ 24-20 loss to the Falcons was the very first play of the second half. Corey Clement fielded a kick return, only to fumble the ball and grant the Falcons a very short field. All momentum came to a sudden halt…or so we thought.

During the play, Clement injured his shoulder. He limped off the field and was spotted after the game with his arm in a sling. He was thrust back into action against the Jets, only to muff the attempt and as a result, finds himself on injured reserve.

It’s been a strange fall from grace for the man who registered 108 yards in the Super Bowl 52 win over New England. Injuries have held him back massively and an offseason spent on rejuvenating the backfield pushed him down the pecking order.

In his place steps preseason standout Boston Scott. The LA Tech product spent this offseason with the Eagles after being poached from the Saints practice squad and had it not been for the return of Darren Sproles, he would have likely made the roster. 40 rushing yards and a touchdown saw him push his way onto the practice squad, but he’s already fielded kicks/punts against the Texans, so his promotion to the active roster may invoke some action on special teams, if not the offense as a dual-threat back.

Do the Eagles need to find another running back? It’s too early to say and Clement is yet to carry the ball this season. But his injury situation is one to watch…as is the rise of Boston Scott.

Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

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