By Anne Burke

Miles Sanders led the Eagles with 94 yards rushing in his return from an ankle injury.

But he fumbled deep in Eagles’ territory, leading to a Saints TD, and nearly fumbled again inside the Eagles’ 10, both in the first half.

He didn’t carry again until Jordan Howard, who had 63 yards rushing, left with a knee injury late in the third quarter.

Sanders’ 25-yard run on the Eagles’ first play of their third drive gave the Eagles the ball at the Saints’ 33. They went in to score for a 14-0 lead.

But on the Eagles’ next possession, he fumbled the ball away at the Eagles’ 6, and the Saints converted that into a touchdown, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 14-7.

On the next possession, the Eagles had the ball on the Saints’ 34. Hurts scrambled and threw deep to Sanders, who was wide open. But Sanders waited for the ball to come to him and Marcus Williams sprinted over and broke it up.

Sanders didn’t touch the ball again until near the end of the first half, when he again took a handoff at the 4. He would have fumbled again had the referees not blown the play dead after Sanders picked up 4 yards.

Sanders didn’t touch the ball through the Eagles’ first two drives of the second half. In fact, he was on the field for only one play. Then Howard got hurt.