Eagles RB Sanders to play 3 weeks after surgery

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders will play in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite having had hand surgery less than three weeks ago.

Sanders suffered a fracture in his right hand against the New York Giants on Dec. 26 and had surgery the next day. He missed the final two games of the regular season but is expected to play a significant role against the Bucs, coach Nick Sirianni suggested.

“No limitations for Miles,” he said. “He’ll be our guy.”

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Starting defensive end Josh Sweat, meanwhile, is questionable with an illness. He has been dealing with abdominal pain this week, per Sirianni, and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was back at the practice facility Friday. Sweat is tied for first on the team with 7.5 sacks.

Sanders did not have any protective gear on his injured right hand when entering the NovaCare practice bubble earlier this week. Asked whether he would be wearing anything on the hand Sunday, he responded “nothing really too noticeable.” Sanders said he tested the hand out this week in part by going through ball security drills where assistant coaches punch at the ball and by catching passes out

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