Eagles still expect Darren Sproles to play this year

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Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out for Sunday after previously being declared good to go, as a result of aggravating his hamstring in practice this week. But the Eagles don’t think Sproles is done.

Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said today that Sproles should still be able to play this season, and there are no plans to put him on injured reserve.

The 35-year-old Sproles was limited to just three games last season and one game so far this season, and it’s fair to ask whether his body just can’t withstand the stress of an NFL season anymore. But the Eagles don’t think it’s come to that.

Sproles has indicated that he may retire after this season. He’d like to get on the field and help the Eagles get to another Super Bowl, but it won’t happen this week.

9 responses to “Eagles still expect Darren Sproles to play this year

  1. Translation: desperation as he’s our very last hope of ending the season much above .500.
    But Super Bowl? Dream on guys, it’s gonna be Saints-Pats, and you won’t even win your div.

  2. Eagles fan here.

    Will probably be unpopular but I never understood the logic in bringing him back this season for what essentially amounted to sentimental reasons, especially when you had a bunch of young RBs on the roster. At this point….all he’s doing is taking reps and touches from young RBs.

    He’s a great Eagle and I thank him for helping us get the elusive ring finally…but Howie probably should have let him ride off into the sunset after last season. I would have kept Blount around at let him go.

    Father Time is still undefeated.

  3. Well, an insufferable Pats fan is the first to chime in on an Eagles article…It’s been 9 months, time to let it go.

  4. This is another prime example why the Eagles need to get younger and they need to stop signing old guys to help them win because they can’t stay healthy. Joe Banner and Andy Reid had it right when they let players over 30 years of age walk away in free agency.

  5. I’m an Eagles fan as much as anyone but Sproles is too old and can’t stay healthy. If he can return kicks like he used to then sweet! But, using him as anything other than a receiving back on 3rd down is a pipe dream at this point.

  6. Getting rid of De Andre Carter to make room for China doll Sproles was a mistake. Every single punt Carter was aggressive and would have broken one soon. Sproles is just broken, sad to say. If there is no hole he might make it back to the line of scrimmage on a run.

  7. >>The 35-year-old Sproles was limited to just three games last season and one game so far this season, and it’s fair to ask whether his body just can’t withstand the stress of an NFL season anymore.

    The answer is NO.

    >> But the Eagles don’t think it’s come to that.

    Of course they do, they just wont say so publicly.

  8. Easy to declare Sproles old toast and rip Doug for bringing Sproles back but he has almost zero injury history prior to wk 3 last season, there was no tangible reason to anticipate this scenario. He very well may be done but this injury isn’t ample evidence to conclude he is, it’s a low risk easy call that’s just too easy to resist making for most.

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