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Darren Sproles | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  05/20/1983
Age:  39
Height  5'6"
Weight:   190
College:  Kansas State
Drafted:  2005 | Round 4 | Pick 130
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Darren Sproles | Retired RB


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Darren Sproles | Retired RB

Darren Sproles is retiring from the NFL.

Sproles is currently on injured reserve, but he will walk out of the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field one more time for tomorrow's game against the Cowboys and will serve as a sixth team captain for the Eagles. Sproles' exceptional 15-year career with the Chargers, Saints, and Eagles ends with 732 carries for 3,552 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns, 553 receptions for 4,840 receiving yards and 32 receiving touchdowns, along with seven punt return touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns. Sproles currently ranks fifth all-time in NFL history in all-purpose yards (19,696), and the dynamic running back overcame the odds and played a lot "bigger" than his five-foot-six height. We wish Sproles the best of luck on his post-playing-career life.

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Darren Sproles (quad) is out for the remainder of the season, according to Mike Garafolo.

Sproles appeared in six games this season, rushing 17 times for 66 yards and catching six passes for 24 yards. The veteran returned this year in large part because he didn't want to end his career with an injury (which ended his 2018 season), but he's had trouble staying healthy, and last week against the Bears was likely his final game. The Eagles may soon sign Jay Ajayi after bringing him in for a visit.

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Darren Sproles (quadricep) did not practice today.

Sproles being added to the injury report on a Thursday probably does not bode well for his status for this Sunday against the Patriots. The Eagles will release their final Week 11 injury report ahead of the weekend.

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Darren Sproles (quadricep) is not listed on the Week 9 injury report.

Sproles missed the previous three games with his quad injury, but he's back for a big matchup against the Bears this Sunday. Expect Sproles to be utilized on punt returns, but he's not a highly recommended fantasy option in his first game back.

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Darren Sproles (quadricep) has been officially ruled out for Week 6.

This was fully expected, and you can consider the veteran running back week-to-week for now. Sproles missed almost all of last season while dealing with multiple injuries, and the Eagles will take things slow with him.

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Darren Sproles (quadricep) officially did not practice today.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated this morning that Sproles is dealing with a lengthy injury, so consider him week-to-week for now. We'll update you when Sproles is able to return to practice, but it's not likely to happen ahead of Week 6. Corey Clement could have more of a role on offense while Sproles is out, but it'll be mostly Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders leading the Philadelphia backfield.

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Darren Sproles (quad) is officially questionable to return for the Eagles.

It's unclear when Sproles was hurt, but he's headed to the locker room to get looked at. With the Eagles in full control of this game against the Jets, don't expect the veteran running back to return today. Before leaving, Sproles had three carries for four yards.

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The Eagles have re-signed Darren Sproles.

After a hamstring injury basically eliminated Sproles’ 2018 season, the veteran running back is back in the mix with Philadelphia. Sproles is likely to have a decent role in passing situations, but it might be difficult for him to make a big fantasy impact on a backfield that also includes Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, and Corey Clement. Sproles will likely be more of a real-life factor for the Eagles than he’ll be a reliable fantasy option in what’ll likely be his final NFL season.

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Darren Sproles handles six touches in playoff loss.

Sproles rushed three times for four yards and caught three passes for 21 yards. The Eagles went exclusively with Sproles and Wendell Smallwood at running back, but it was mostly a passing attack that stalled out after the first quarter. Sproles was thought to be winding down his playing career, but there has been recent talk of him playing in 2019, which is certainly believable considering the juice he brought down the stretch. If the veteran suits up next fall, it probably wouldn't return much fantasy value outside of deeper PPR leagues.

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Darren Sproles gets 15 touches in Eagles' playoff win.

Sproles carried 13 times for 21 yards along with two receptions for 14 yards in the Wild Card Round victory over the Bears. Chicago arguably has the league's best defense, and they did a good job of shutting down Sproles and the rest of Philadelphia's running backs. The veteran running back should get another dozen-plus touches next Sunday against his former Saints team in the Divisional Round.

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Darren Sproles gets nine touches in Week 17.

Sproles carried seven times for 24 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards versus Washington. The veteran running back's regular season total comes to 29 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown along with 15 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns in six games. Sproles, who is said to be playing in his final season, will now look to contribute in the postseason as Philadelphia looks to repeat.

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Darren Sproles comes up clutch in Week 16.

Sproles carried nine times for 32 yards along with three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' win over the Texans. The veteran running back started the scoring with a 37-yard touchdown on a swing pass where he made a man miss on his way to the end zone, and late in the game he caught a key wheel route for a first down. Sproles was simply great in the win, and he now has a touchdown in three of his four games since his return from the Week 1 hamstring injury. Sproles is in the FLEX mix for Week 17 against the Redskins in a must-win for the Eagles, but there are probably better fantasy options for standard-sized leagues.

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Darren Sproles gets six touches against the Rams.

Sproles had three carries for 30 yards and three receptions for 16 yards in the Eagles' Sunday night win. The veteran running back carried the ball well, showing his usual explosiveness in his short frame. Sproles isn't involved enough to be a highly-recommended fantasy option, as he's more of a real-life asset for the Eagles.

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Darren Sproles scores in loss to the Cowboys.

Sproles caught three passes for 34 yards, including a six-yard score in the fourth quarter that sent the game to overtime. He also rushed once for two yards. The receiving back isn't seeing enough work at this point to warrant serious fantasy consideration, but hopefully he is able to finish strong down the stretch and somehow return to postseason.

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Darren Sproles scores in return to the field.

In Sproles' first game since Week 1 after missing the last ten games with a hamstring issue, he had four carries for 22 yards and a touchdown. The score was a 14-yarder on a delayed handoff where Sproles showed his patience and burst while finishing the run strong. Sproles also returned punts for the Eagles, and he appears to be basically 100%, which is great to see. Sproles might deliver some FLEX value in deeper leagues to open the fantasy playoffs next week against Dallas.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) is officially active for Monday night.

After missing the last ten games with the hamstring injury suffered in the season-opener again the Falcons, Sproles is back in the lineup for the Eagles. The veteran running back is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups in his first game back, but he could be a difference-maker down the stretch in both real life and some fantasy leagues.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Week 13.

Sproles is likely to be a game-time decision for Monday night against the Redskins, but we would think the Eagles are going to take things slow with the veteran running back—who has been out since Week 1—to avoid another setback. Sproles' status will be known Monday night.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) remains limited in practice.

Two straight limited practices is a good sign for the veteran running back, and we'll see how he's listed on the final Week 13 injury report when it's released tomorrow. He probably has a shot to play in the game, but he wouldn't be a highly-recommended fantasy option if he does suit up.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) was limited in today's practice.

This is a good start to the week for the veteran running back, but with the Eagles playing on Monday night, he's pretty much off the Week 13 fantasy radar unless it becomes certain that he'll return.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 12.

Sproles doesn't appear at all close to returning, and it's fair to wonder if the Eagles could use his spot on the 53-man roster elsewhere, especially with cornerback looking like the thinnest position group in the entire league. Philadelphia probably doesn't want Sproles to end his career on IR, but it will be interesting to see if they are forced to make a move soon. Josh Adams, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood will continue splitting time in the backfield.

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Darren Sproles re-aggravated his hamstring in yesterday's practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This came just after Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated Sproles would be ready to return for this Sunday night's matchup with the Cowboys. Having been sidelined since Week 1 with previous optimism about an earlier return, it seems Sproles has suffered at least a couple of setbacks as he tries to return from this hamstring injury. It's unfortunate for the 35-year-old, but hopefully he's able to get back to 100% so he can play again in what he's said will be his final NFL season. We'll update you if anything changes, but expect Sproles to be out for Week 10.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) was a full participant in practice.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says Sproles is expected to return this week, but similar sentiments have been said before yet Sproles hasn't played since Week 1. A full practice tomorrow or Friday would be a major positive sign for the veteran running back's Week 10 status.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Sproles isn't traveling with the team to London, so he's out against the Jaguars. It'll again be Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams in the backfield for the Eagles. Sproles hasn't played since the season opener.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

It's only Wednesday, but Sproles is probably on the doubtful side of things for this Sunday's London game against the Jaguars. We'll monitor his practice status throughout the week and keep you updated.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) will not play in Week 7.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson did say he's optimistic about the veteran running back practicing next week, but we'll see what happens. The Eagles play in London next Sunday, and Sproles would probably like to play across the pond in his final NFL season. It'll again be mostly Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood against the Panthers on Sunday.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) remains out of practice.

It’s not looking good for the veteran running back, so don’t expect him to make a return this week. We’ll see what happens, but Sproles might be ruled out tomorrow.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Sproles hasn't appeared in a game since the opener, and this week isn't off to a good start for the 35-year-old. Hopefully he can get back on the practice field tomorrow, but Sproles' status for Week 7 against the Panthers isn't looking promising, and the Eagles will likely rely on Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood to carry the load again in the backfield this weekend.

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The Eagles ruled out Darren Sproles (hamstring) for tomorrow night.

This was expected, and it'll be the veteran running back's fifth straight missed game. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams will handle the backfield work tomorrow night against the Giants.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

We'll see what happens tomorrow when the official injury report for the game is released, but Sproles' status doesn't look good on a short week.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5.

Sproles is still week-to-week as he recovers from his hamstring ailment. This will be his fourth straight missed game. The Eagles have a Thursday night matchup against next week, so Sproles is probably on the doubtful side of things for that matchup, too.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) remains out of practice.

The veteran running back will likely to be ruled out tomorrow ahead of the weekend, but perhaps he'll get in at least a limited practice session and push to play on Sunday.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) remains out of practice.

It's only Wednesday, but Sproles doesn't look good for Sunday against the Vikings. We'll see if he can get up to a limited practice participant tomorrow.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 4.

Earlier this week, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expected Sproles to return to the lineup this week, but the return will have to wait. Consider the veteran running back week-to-week at this point.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

Sproles is thought to have a good chance of playing this week, but he hasn't practiced yet. We'll see if he can get in at least a limited practice session ahead of the weekend.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

This isn't a surprise for a veteran running back that missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Sproles is expected to play this weekend, so we'll see if he progresses to at least a limited practice tomorrow.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) is expected back this week.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he expected both Sproles and Jay Ajayi back for this Sunday against the Titans. Sproles missed the last two games while dealing with his hamstring injury, and he's likely to immediately see a solid amount of playing time when he gets back on teh field.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) is out for Week 3.

The Eagles are taking things slow with their veteran running back, and he probably will not return to the field until he’s 100%. Corey Clement will handle most of the passing-down work against the Colts on Sunday.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

The Eagles indicated that Sproles is unlikely to play this week against the Colts, so expect him to be ruled out on Friday ahead of the weekend. We'll update you if anything changes with Sproles' practice status tomorrow, but the Eagles are likely to take things slow with their veteran running back.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) is out for Week 2.

Sproles injured his hamstring in practice on Wednesday, and it led to him not participating at all in yesterday's practice. Now the veteran running back will not play on Sunday against the Buccaneers, which should mean more work for Corey Clement. Both Jay Ajayi and Clement are options in Week 2 fantasy lineups, with Ajayi being the preferred option in standard leagues. Hopefully Sproles is ready to go for Week 3 against the Colts.

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Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice today.

Sproles was limited yesterday, which he might be every Wednesday practice this season, but it's not a good sign that he was a non-participant today. The veteran running back could be headed for a questionable designation ahead of this Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

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Darren Sproles picks up tough yards in return to the field.

Sproles rushed five times for ten yards and caught four passes for 22 yards, but he consistently moved forward on contact out of pure determination, which was fun to watch. The veteran even drew the start with the first snap of the game, but Jay Ajayi took over the backfield in the second half. Still, Sproles could have PPR value will be his final season. That said, the Eagles might not need to give him many touches next week in Tampa Bay.

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The Eagles have re-signed running back Darren Sproles.

All indications have been that Sproles, who suffered a torn ACL early last season, was going to be back in 2018 despite the intention of retiring after 2017, and now it's official. Sproles will join a crowded Eagles backfield that includes Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, but the veteran running back will likely have a decent role on offense. Sproles might also be the primary punt returner for the Eagles. Because the Eagles should again have one of the league's best offenses, Sproles might be a decent fantasy option in deeper leagues. However, Corey Clement did an exceptional job as a receiver out of the backfield for the team last season and might take much of the work Sproles otherwise might have gotten.

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Darren Sproles is leaning toward returning in 2018.

Sproles suffered both a torn ACL and broken arm at the end of September, so he's had to watch the Eagles' Super Bowl run from the sidelines. He told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he doesn't want to go out with an injury, stating "I want to go out on my own terms." Before the year, Sproles indicated that this would be his last year, but it's not surprising he's leaning toward coming back after he was injured early in the season. After the injury it sounded like Sproles was seriously considering playing in 2018, and it doesn't sound like that's changed. He's set to become a free agent this offseason.

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Darren Sproles implies he will come back in 2018.

Sproles, who both tore his ACL and broke his arm on the same play on Sunday, tweeted "Thanks to everyone for all your continued prayers and well wishes! #TheComeBackWillBeReal #StayTuned". The 34-year-old back isn't going out like this, despite the fact that it would've been quite the way to go out after he showed extreme toughness by walking off the field with a torn ACL and broken arm while many players today will roll around on the ground for minutes with a mildly sprained ankle. The Eagles will very likely want Sproles back next season, as he's still an effective player both on offense and on punt returns. If they don't want him back, other teams certainly will.

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Darren Sproles (knee) has been played on IR.

This isn’t a surprise after it was revealed that he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Giants. In the offseason, it sounded like 2017 might be his final year, but he might not want to end his career due to injury. That said, it doesn’t get much tougher than walking off the field without anyone even knowing you have a major knee injury, and he might decide this is it. Either way, Sproles could have a Hall of Fame worthy resume and find his way into Canton at some point.

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Darren Sproles has both a torn ACL and broken arm, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported the news. When the play first happened, we initially thought it was a knee injury after it appeared Sproles was grabbing at his knee, but they ruled it an arm injury. Unfortunately, he did indeed injure his knee as well on the play, and he'll miss the entire 2017 season. It's a huge loss for the Eagles, but it's obviously even worse for Sproles. The 34-year-old running back had indicated this would be his last season, and now this happened. Everyone would love to see Sproles back next season, but it'll take a long rehab, so we'll have to see what happens. Sproles toughness has to be admired by everyone, as he walked off the field and was reportedly around the locker room like nothing was wrong—despite a broken arm and torn knee. Especially today with everyone being so dramatic, it's more difficult to find people with the kind of toughness Sproles has.

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Darren Sproles is believed to have a broken arm, according to Ian Rapoport.

Sproles will have an MRI tomorrow which should give more of a timeline on how long he'll be out. Expect him to be out quite a while, and he'll likely be a candidate to hit Injured Reserve (with the ability to return after eight weeks). We'll know more tomorrow.

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Darren Sproles (wrist) has been ruled out against the Giants.

Sproles injured his wrist in the first half and is officially out for the rest of the game. He had three carries for 11 yards before leaving. We should get word on the severity of the injury within the next couple of days, if not after the game.

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Darren Sproles leaves game against the Giants with an apparent wrist injury

This didn't look good off the first impression, but Sproles appears to be OK. Sproles took a toss against the Giants and was tackled, appearing to hold his knee. The veteran running back appeared to let out an expletive that could be heard through the television broadcast, which made it seem more serious as medical personnel attended to him. But when the broadcast returned, Sproles was shaking out his wrist and headed to the locker room. A wrist is a lot better than a knee, so hopefully this injury doesn't keep Sproles out for too long.

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Darren Sproles leads Eagles in carries in Week 2.

Not including Carson Wentz's four rushes, the Eagles only ran the ball 13 times against the Chiefs—and Sproles got ten of them. He had 48 yards on his ten attempts while also adding two receptions (on four targets) for 30 yards. Sproles did also lose a fumble on a punt return after making a couple of guys miss. The 34-year-old back looks quick as ever, and Philadelphia will likely continue to get the ball in his hands this season. He's a fine FLEX option in PPR leagues next week against the Giants.

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Darren Sproles catches five passes in Eagles' Week 1 win over the Redskins.

Sproles tied a team-high in targets with eight, gaining 43 yards on his five receptions. Sproles did also have two carries for two yards in the game. He's a clear asset in PPR leagues, but there are probably better, more consistent options for your lineup in standard leagues.

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Darren Sproles gives thoughts on Eagles RB situation to Josina Anderson.

Sproles told Anderson that five players (him, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Mathews, Donnel Pumphrey, and Wendell Smallwood) can share the load and everyone has to "know [their] role." The quick running back said Blount and Mathews are more of early-down pounders, he's a receiving back and third-down guy, the rookie Pumphrey lining up in the slot (which he's done so far in spring training), and Smallwood doing it all. This could just be Sproles speculating what he thinks might happen; especially because Ryan Mathews is expected to be released when he's recovered from his neck injury, while undrafted rookie Corey Clement was left off the list but is a talented guy that might make the team. Blount is the back that will have the most value in standard leagues, and Sproles should be the most valuable of the bunch in PPR.

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Darren Sproles will be back with the Eagles in 2017.

Head coach Doug Pederson said so at the NFL Combine. Sproles has said this will be his last season, so he will end his career with the Eagles. The team won't need to worry about managing his workload for the future, and Sproles should get a decent amount of touches next season. He should be a great FLEX option for PPR leagues and should be useful in standard leagues as well.

Darren Sproles gets 12 touches in season finale.

He had nine carries for 32 yards and three receptions for four yards. He had 94 carries for 438 yards and two rush touchdowns, with 52 receptions for 427 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Sproles has said 2017 will be his last season, and we expect it to be back with the Eagles.

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Darren Sproles scores opening touchdown in Eagles' win over the Giants.

Sproles had seven carries for 40 yards and a touchdown, with two catches for 23 yards receiving. The touchdown was a 25-yarder on a toss to the right. Sproles got great blocking on the play, and once he got in the open field he made one guy miss and basically walked into the endzone. Sproles is a good FLEX option for the final week of the season.

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Darren Sproles (concussion) is questionable for Week 16.

The Eagles play tomorrow night against the Giants and Sproles should be good to go, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Sproles isn't a bad FLEX option.

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Darren Sproles (concussion) is out for the Eagles this Sunday.

Sproles took a big hit on a punt return last Sunday against the Redskins. He'll try to get cleared for next Thursday night against the Giants. Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner will get most of the work in the Eagles backfield against Baltimore.

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Sproles (concussion) still not cleared.

It's looking like Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner will be splitting the backfield work for Philly this weekend against Baltimore. The Ravens aren't a good matchup for running backs anyway, so those relying on Sproles should look elsewhere for this week. Kenjon Barner has shown flashes when he's been on the field, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues.

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Darren Sproles is still in concussion protocol.

It's only Wednesday, so there's time for him to get cleared for Sunday against Baltimore. He'll be a FLEX option if he can go.

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Darren Sproles leaves game after taking huge hit on punt return.

Sproles was hit by Redskins safety Deshazor Everett before he could even field the punt. Sproles had five carries for 27 yards and two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown before leaving. He will now need to get through concussion protocol to play this Sunday against the Ravens. If he gets cleared, he'd be a FLEX option.

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Sproles gets 13 touches in Week 13.

He had seven carries for 14 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 35 yards. Sproles isn't a great FLEX option.

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Darren Sproles rushed three times for six yards and caught five passes for 48 yards in Monday night's loss to Green Bay.

Sproles couldn't do much, even with Ryan Mathews (knee) out and the Eagles desperate for weapons with Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner playing wideout for them. Wendell Smallwood got the start but turned 10 touches into 47 yards. Sproles is a decent FLEX next week against the Bengals.

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Sproles loses featured role to Ryan Mathews.

With Mathews going off on Sunday, Sproles stepped back into his passing-down role, catching eight passes for 57 yards. He also rushed twice for 19 yards. From a real life perspective, this is good for Sproles; as a fantasy owner, less touches is never a good thing. He will probably see a lot of work next week on the road against a tough Seattle defense, giving him FLEX status.