Darren Sproles didn’t just suffer a broken arm on Sunday. The veteran running back also tore his ACL during the Eagles’ win over the New York Giants, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
This is just awful news.
Sproles is now done for the season. The 34-year-old’s career might be over as well. Sproles, who is set to be a free agent after this year, previously said 2017 was going to be his last season, although he kind of left the door open. Maybe he’ll try to come back because this would be a terrible way to go out. But who knows for sure.
It goes without saying that this is a huge loss for the Eagles. Sproles is Philadelphia’s best running back. He’s a weapon in the passing game. He’s still one of the best and most dangerous punt returners in the league. And that’s just what he can do on the field. He’s an incredibly well-respected player in the locker room. This is a really bad loss for the Eagles.
Sproles will likely be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list this week. The Eagles could look to call up practice squad running back Byron Marshall in his absence.
Prior to this year, Sproles had never missed more than three games in a single season (save for 2006 when he was out for the entire year due to a broken ankle). He averaged 15.3 games played per season in the 11 seasons he played before 2017.
Ugh. This just really sucks.
UPDATE: Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed Sproles’ injury during his press conference on Monday.