Eagles RB Darren Sproles Suffers Setback, Will Miss Multiple Weeks

Sunday, 8:55am: Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Sproles is expected to miss multiple weeks (one estimate suggested an absence of three to four weeks). The Eagles will be cautious with him so that when he returns to the field, he will be back for good. The way Sproles’ injury was handled by the team’s medical staff may be cause for concern, as we detailed yesterday.

Thursday, 11:39am: Earlier this week, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expected Darren Sproles to play on Sunday versus the Cowboys. Unfortunately, those plans were derailed after the running back aggravated his hamstring injury (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter). 

Sproles has not been on the field since hurting his hamstring in practice prior to the Eagles’ Week 2 game. Sproles showed significant improvement this week and the team believed that Sproles would be able to resume punt-return duties against the Cowboys. Instead of facing Dallas and joining Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement in the backfield rotation, Sproles’ outlook for the rest of the season is now in question.

Sproles’ 2017 was shortened by multiple injuries in September, meaning that he has played in just three games over the last two years. He already cashed in on a $1MM guarantee for this year, but Sproles is eager to resume the form that earned him three straight Pro Bowl nods between 2014-2016.

On the plus side, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson resumed practice this week after recovering from a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Pederson is hopeful that Johnson will play, but that would mark a faster-than-usual turnaround from the injury.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Eagles RB Darren Sproles Suffers Setback, Will Miss Multiple Weeks

  1. utleysk

    It was a nice gesture by the Eagles to try to bring him back but a mistake. His salary could have been used to keep Lagarrette Blount from going to Detroit or keep some one else from the Championship team.

    • ziggy13

      No one we lost was gonna be brought back with an extra million. Burton and Allen would have been nice depth pieces but they both got big paydays relative to their importance here. Blount hasn’t been very good in Detroit this year and would have been redundant with Ajayi. Robinson was a one year wonder who cashed in. Curry was cut.

  2. Polish Hammer

    And they waived the return man Carter because Sproles was coming back….SMH

  3. DonC.

    Yes I agree new med staff sucks also nostalgia doesn’t win games let Sproles play one game and retire why tie up a roster spot?

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