Eagles’ Darren Sproles Done For Season

The Eagles announced that running back Darren Sproles is done for the season. The veteran suffered a partial tear of his right hip flexor against the Jets on Oct. 6 and, at some juncture, aggravated the injury further. 

Sproles went through four weeks of rehab after the initial injury against Gang Green and managed to play against the Bears on Nov. 3 after he was cleared. Later, doctors found that he had suffered a much more serious tear of the muscle.

Sproles, 36, re-signed with the Eagles in July. Despite his advanced age, he was hoping to return to his old form after losing the bulk of the 2018 season to a broken arm and a torn ACL. All the health issues left a bad taste in his mouth, and he didn’t want to go out like that.

“That’s my whole thing,” Sproles said over the summer. “I want a full year. I want to get up to top-four or top-five in all-purpose yards, like ever. Right now, I’m number six. If I would have played a full year last year, I’d be number four right now.”

Unfortunately, this latest injury could be the end of the line for the fan favorite. His 2019 season concludes with just 17 carries for 66 yards, plus six catches for 24 yards.

Over the course of 14 seasons with the Eagles, Saints, and Chargers, Sproles has earned three Pro Bowl trips with a strong 4.9 yards per carry average. He’s also been a remarkably effective pass-catcher – in his three seasons with the Saints, Sproles totaled 232 grabs for 1,981 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 comments on “Eagles’ Darren Sproles Done For Season

  1. julyn82001

    Age is so overrated! Darren is a tremendous player! He should come back under the right scenario.

    • htbnm57

      He’s done. Running backs and punt returners take a beating and he’s basically been injured for two years.

      • jdrushton

        Actually, this is the 3rd straight season he’s been injured. He’s lost 36 games (regular-season and playoffs) in the last two seasons plus the current season.

    • Polish Hammer

      No, it sucks he’s injured and he wants to finish on his own terms buts that’s exactly why he’s in this situation. He’s had a great career and has nothing to be ashamed of being hurt, but his insistence on coming back has handcuffed the team. They didn’t want to turn their back on him but was hoping he’d have walked away but he didn’t. His unreliability at this point is too much, and he’s not the only one; I wish him and Jason Peters well, but the Eagles need to move on.

      • jdrushton

        Agreed on both Peters and Sproles. The Eagles have let sentimentality to blind them to common sense moves.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Haha! I love when Eagle fans take a stand against sentimentality because it means Santa will soon be arriving amidst a storm of snowballs.

        • Polish Hammer

          And who comes off the field again today? Yup, “future Hall of Famer” and constant training table patient Jason Peters?

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