It seems counter intuitive that getting medical clearance would effectively cost you your job, but that's the reality Eagles running back Ryan Mathews will likely face.
The 29-year-old is set to have a scan on his herniated disk next week and will most likely be released by the Eagles if he passes.
The fact of the matter is that the signing of LeGarrette Blount and newly drafted fourth round pick Donnell Pumphrey on the depth charth, Mathews is an expensive outsider in Philadelphia.
Mathews has a history of injuries throughout his seven previous NFL seasons, including suffering a herniated disc last season in Week 16. He played 13 games in 2016, making 8 starts and 661 rushing yards and eight touchdowns along with 13 receptions for 115 yards and another touchdown.
The reason Philly will wait until he is medically cleared is simple: money.
If the team cut Mathews today, they would be on the hook to pay him $1.15 million as part of the Injury Protection Benefit. Since the Eagles only have limited cap space to work with, they're likely waiting until he is medically cleared to play before releasing him and avoiding that million-dollar payout.
Mathews does have a potential up side, even if he doesn't end up playing for the Eagles. When he's playing healthy, he can be a major asset on the field.
Source: RotoWire via CBS Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS