PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles have shut down running back Corey Clement with an injured shoulder.

The third-year player was placed on injured reserve Friday in a move that likely will end Clement's season.

He first hurt the shoulder on a fumbled kickoff return in Atlanta and tried to push through after missing a game but the issue never responded, according to team sources. The Eagles are also down veteran Darren Sproles (quad) in the backfield so Boston Scott was promoted from the practice squad to replace Clement on the 53-man roster in advance of Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Scott is also expected to handle punt return duties and might even get the nod on kick returns because Miles Sanders is going to get extra work in the backfield, alongside Jordan Howard.

Clement, a Glassboro native and Super Bowl LII hero as a rookie, had been struggling a bit in limited opportunities, fumbling on two occasions, the aforementioned miscue in Atlanta and a muffed punt last week against the New York Jets which led to the only offense of the afternoon for Adam Gase's team.

You no longer have to designate players to return from IR any longer and can bring back two players off the list after they miss at least eight games but Clement is unlikely to be a candidate for one of those spots.

Originally a sixth-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2018 out of Louisiana Tech, the 5-foot-6 Scott and was signed by the Eagles last December off of the Saints' practice squad and was the team's kickoff returner late last season.

"I've been doing my best to keep my head down and keep working," Scott said. "I've been getting great work [in practice] against the number one rush defense in the league."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at jmcmullen44@gmail.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen