Eagles’ Jason Peters, Jay Ajayi, Mike Wallace injured early in Buccaneers game | Will they return?

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Eagles already entered Week 2 without at least one running back.

They might’ve lost another in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

Running back Jay Ajayi limped off the field and walked to the locker room after the Eagles’ first possession on Sunday afternoon. Ajayi suffered a back injury and was questionable to return. Ajayi returned to the sideline later in the quarter, and then returned back to the locker room again soon after. 

Ajayi returned to the game for the beginning of the third quarter and began the second half with a 20-yard run.

Eagles receiver Mike Wallace limped off the field on the next drive and was carted into the locker room. The Eagles only have four other active receivers with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) inactive: Nelson Agholor, DeAndre Carter, Shelton Gibson and Kamar Aiken. 

Left tackle Jason Peters left the game with a quad injury, and stood on the sideline without his helmet. He was replaced in the lineup by Halapoulivaati Vaitai and is questionable to return. 

Wallace was declared out in the second quarter. 

The Eagles were already without veteran running back Darren Sproles, who hurt his hamstring earlier in the week and was declared out. Sproles started at running back for the Eagles in Week 1.

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Ajayi lost seven yards on his first carry of the game as the Eagles went three-and-out.

In a Week 1 win against the Falcons, Ajayi didn’t play much until the second half as the Eagles eased him back from a minor foot injury, but finished with 15 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Second-year running back Corey Clement and third-year Wendell Smallwood are the only other available running backs for the Eagles. Undrafted rookie Josh Adams is on the practice squad and thus not available to play until (or unless) he’s activated to the 53-man roster. 

Clement also has taken on Sproles’ workload as the Eagles’ punt returner, in addition to his role on special teams. He had a 43-yard return in the first quarter called back due to an ill-timed holding penalty. 

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