By Peter Gleason

The Eagles-Seahawks was a pretty rough game for injuries:

Fletcher Cox and Jason Peters got banged up before returning later on, and the Seahawks lost Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead.

Of the seven running backs who got carries in this game, four left with injuries: C.J. Prosise (shoulder), Troymaine Pope (ankle), Darren Sproles (ribs), and Ryan Mathews (above, knee).

With the Eagles’ offensive line largely unable to block and their wide receivers unable to catch, third-string back Wendell Smallwood led the Eagles with 13 carries and 48 yards. That would be a hell of a sentence if this one weren’t following it: Late in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks had Trevone Boykin line up at tailback.

That’s right, backup Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin played running back, and even took a handoff. That handoff, because this game was so rough on even ersatz running backs, ended with Cox subsuming Boykin’s body into himself 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Considering how this game went, Boykin’s lucky he only lost 5 yards and not, you know, an arm.

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