By Steve Kelly

The Eagles should cut bait on talented yet fragile running back Ryan Mathews.

Doug Pederson revealed at his press conference yesterday that Mathews has a herniated disc that will keep him from playing the final regular season game for the Eagles.

He estimated that the injury occurred during a third down in which Mathews tried to punch the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. Pederson said he doesn’t believe the injury is a threat to Mathews’ career.

While it is likely that surgery will allow Mathews to play again, there is a good chance he has played his last game as a member of the Eagles. Pederson seemed to be pleased with Mathews as the feature running back this season.

“I think that Ryan obviously got off to a good start,” Pederson said at his Monday press conference. “Then there was a little bit of a lull in the middle, and he’s finished up strong. That’s kind of been the nature of the season for him. These last couple of weeks he’s kind of been our workhorse at the running back position and did some really good things for us.”

Any discussion about Mathews being around next season would not be a topic of discussion for Pederson. He wanted to wait until after the season to address Mathews situation.

Mathews is due $5 million next season. The Eagles could save $4 million if they cut him before next season.

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