Following the move, the Cowboys' running back corps is currently head by Darren McFadden, with Robert Turbin and Rod Smith on hand to serve in reserve/complementary roles.
Mathews is thus no lock to return to action Sunday against the Patriots, with DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner currently the Eagles' top healthy backfield options.
David Johnson has already been anointed the top RB, if the veteran Johnson and Ellington require time to recover, but that duo's breakdown of reps implies that another player will get in on the action. As the only option remaining on the 53-man roster Sunday at San Francisco, Taylor picked up seven snaps after the third-quarter departures of Chris Johnson and Ellington, taking his only carry for two yards. In parts of the seasons with the Cardinals, Taylor has displayed ability as both a runner and pass-catcher, averaging 3.2 YPC and hauling in 19 of 25 targets across 41 games. His eventual workload this Sunday in St. Louis will be contingent upon the recoveries of the veteran backs typically in front of him.
With the Bills having waived Boom Herron last week, the team's healthy backfield options are currently down to LeSean McCoy, Boobie Dixon and fullback Jerome Felton. Meanwhile, Mike Gillislee could possibly be another option, though he on the team's practice squad.
Thompson's issue is described as an AC joint sprain, something will presumably impact his practice participation in advance of next Monday's game against the Cowboys.
Serving as the number three running back behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, Brown is not expected to make much of an impact unless one of the primary guys suffers an injury.
This was another rather slow game for Woodhead despite the fact that the offense had a much better showing overall. With Melvin Gordon getting the bulk of the rushing attempts each week, Woodhead usually does his best work on receptions out of the backfield, but he only has 48 receiving yards over the last two games and has only scored one touchdown in the month of November. Still, Woodhead has been averaging 11 total touches per game and is a safe bet to continue producing at about that level going forward.
Meanwhile, fellow RB Andre Ellington is dealing with turf toe, with the duo's status for this Sunday's game against the Rams yet to be determined. Next up for the Cardinals' carries if either (or both) miss time are David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps Kerwynn Williams, who is currently on the team's practice squad.
Meanwhile, fellow RB Chris Johnson is dealing with a knee contusion, with the status of duo for this Sunday's game against the Rams not yet solidified. Next up for the Cards' carries if they miss time are David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and possibly Kerwynn Williams, who is currently on the team's practice squad.
Tipton re-joins the Colts after being waived by the team just last week. However, with Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) now on injured reserve, Tipton figures to see third-string running back duties behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron.