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Sproles week to week with quad strain

8 October 2019 Eagles News


According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Darren Sproles is week to week with a quad strain. He suffered the injury in the first half of yesterday’s game against the Jets.

Before the injury, Sproles found himself moving into fifth place all-time in all-purpose yardage. He needed 31 yards to beat Tim Brown’s 19,682 yards. He had 28 return yards and four rushing yards, leaving him with 32 total yards. The exact number he needed to beat Brown.

Sproles now has 19,683 all-purpose yards. He needs 1,863 yards to pass Emmitt Smith and his 21,546 yards for fourth all-time. The top three are as follows: Jerry Rice (23,546 yds), Brian Mitchell (23,330 yds) and Walter Payton (21,803 yds).

This injury will probably leave Sproles out for a few weeks and it makes you wonder, other than for nostalgic purposes, what did Doug keep a 36 year old runningback around for? We had some really good talent that didn’t make the team so he could have his few plays. I love Sproles but this has been a questionable move all year.

Also stated above by Jeff McLane, in Sproles absence, Agholor and Clement will take over punt return responsibilities. Sproles had 84 return yards on nine punt returns, so far this year. Averaging 9.3 yards per return and his longest return was for 17 yards.

Sproles really won’t be missed in the running game, as he has only carried the ball 15 times for 59 yards, in five games. That leaves the Eagles with three runningbacks. Which has been the case anyways because of Clement’s injury. If utilized correctly, the Eagles will be fine with Howard and Sanders as their 1-2 punch and Clement being used sparingly.

Where Sproles usually shines, is in the passing game. He has only had 5 catches for 21 yards, though. Averaging 4.2 yards per reception and his longest catch was for 7 yards. So, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be missed their, either.

It’s tough to see because Sproles is a generational talent and just found himself fifth in all-purpose yardage. He’s even tied with DeSean Jackson, with four punt return TDs, the most in Eagles history. He’s beloved by Eagles fans and fans across the NFL. That being said, he is 36 years old and just keeps getting injured. This will be his last year in Midnight Green.


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