IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

The Eagles placed Sproles (arm/knee) on injured reserve Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Diagnosed with a broken arm and a torn ACL, the 34-year-old running back faces a long rehab process and might even consider retirement. The Eagles are left without a proven pass catcher in the backfield, though Wendell Smallwood did have 57 receptions over his final two seasons (2014-15) at West Virginia. As such, Smallwood is the best bet to take over Sproles' role on passing downs, which could in turn open up a bit more rushing work for LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. The Eagles selected Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) in the fourth round of the 2017 draft to groom him as Sproles' eventual replacement, but the rookie is already on injured reserve and isn't expected to return this season. The Eagles might now considering bringing Pumphrey back from IR if his hamstring heals quickly.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles tore his ACL and broke his arm on the same play in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Giants, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 34-year-old is is thus slated to miss the rest of the season, which leaves the Eagles with a pass-catching void in their backfield, with Donnel Pumphrey (previously viewed Sproles' heir apparent) on IR. For now, Wendell Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement are the team's healthy running backs, though the Eagles could move to add further depth at the position.

With that in mind, Byron Marshall is a candidate to be promoted from the team's practice squad.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles is believed to have suffered a broken arm and is out indefinitely, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles will undergo further testing Monday to determine the exact severity of his situation. In any event, his impending absence is a massive blow to the Eagles offense in which Sproles is an integral part of the passing game. Both LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood figure to see added playing time moving forward, while rookie Corey Clement -- who carried six times for 22 yards and a touchdown against the Giants on Sunday -- could take on an expanded role as well.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles (wrist) won't return to Sunday's contest versus the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Concluding Week 3 with only three rushes for 11 yards, Sproles now faces the prospect of a wrist injury of unknown severity. The Eagles backfield has been whittled down to three healthy bodies: LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Giants due to a wrist injury.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles remained on the turf after taking nary a hit on a cut, spurring thoughts that some type of leg injury was to blame. However, he's in fact tending toe a wrist issue, which could end his day after just three carries for 11 yards. In his stead, LeGarrette Blount was immediately the workhorse running back on a touchdown drive, but Wendell Smallwood and perhaps even undrafted rookie Corey Clement could get in on the act.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles carried 10 times for 48 yards and caught two of four targets for 30 more in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles led the team in rushes as LaGarette Blount went without a single tote, finishing with a respectable average of 4.8 yards per carry. He was also the most targeted Eagles runner and chipped in nicely with gains of 16 and 14 yards through the air. The backfield pecking order is extremely murky at the moment, but Sproles seems secure in his role as the team's top receiving option among the bunch. If the veteran continues to receive additional carries next week against the Giants, he could begin to carve out a nice fantasy niche.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles solidified his standing as the Eagles' pass-catching back with the placement of Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) on injured reserve Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles hadn't been seriously threatened by Pumphrey since the latter was selected in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft. That said, Pumphrey won't be the running back to benefit if Sproles gets injured during the first half of the campaign. During Pumphrey's 4-6 week recovery, the Eagles will count on an RB trio of Sproles (33 offensive snaps in Week 1), LaGarrette Blount (23) and Wendell Smallwood (15). Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Corey Clement was active Sunday but didn't take the field.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
2 months ago

Sproles rushed just twice for two yards but caught five of eight targets for 43 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

The Eagles couldn't get much of a ground game started this week, but they got plenty through the air, and Sproles was the beneficiary. The veteran scatback finished third on the team in touches after LeGarrette Blount and Zach Ertz and should continue to see a healthy share of opportunities going forward. He remains a solid play in PPR leagues with the potential for more if injuries strike the Philadelphia backfield as they did last year.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
3 months ago

Sproles isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Bills, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Sproles is a known entity in the Eagles offense, so he'll yield the floor to newcomer LeGarrette Blount and 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey in preseason Week 2. Meanwhile, Wendell Smallwood's availability is dependent on a hamstring injury, leaving the latter stages of the game to the undrafted players (Corey Clement and Byron Marshall) in the backfield.

IRDarren Sproles
RB PHI (10)
3 months ago

Sproles fits 'everywhere and nowhere' in the Eagles' offense this year, Dave Spadaro of the Eagles' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The diminutive back will almost certainly experience a decline from his 146 touches in 2016 due to the arrival of other weapons, such as Alshon Jeffery, Torry Smith and LeGarrette Blount. Yet Sproles could still have a major impact on the offense due to his ability to create mismatches and big plays against defenses that will have to divide their attention elsewhere. He likely won't run as much as he has the past two years in Philadelphia due to the addition of Blount and the continued development of Wendell Smallwood (hamstring), but he could see an uptick in receiving yards while catching screens out of the backfield behind a potentially dominant offensive line.