Sproles (knee) said Monday that he's leaning toward returning for a 13th NFL season in 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sproles' season ended in late September against the Giants, when he fractured his arm and tore his ACL. While the injury initially looked damaging to the Eagles' playoff hopes, the play of rookie Corey Clement and trade-deadline pickup Jay Ajayi out of the backfield more than compensated for Sproles' absence and helped guide the Eagles to Super Bowl LII. With Sproles heading into his age-35 season and coming off a major injury, he may find limited suitors for his services.
Sproles (arm/knee) has started running, as of Wednesday, Sports Radio 94 WIP reports. The end of Sproles' 13th NFL season was precipitated by a broken arm and ACL tear on the same Week 3 play. Prior to the double whammy, he totaled 15 carries for 61 yards and seven receptions (on 12 targets) for 73 yards on the year. His activity Wednesday was the first visible on-field workout, which took place three months removed from surgery on the ACL. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Sproles may have to play the waiting game until he can prove the health of his knee to organizations, but the recent bout of running generally is a good sign in his recovery effort.
The Eagles placed Sproles (arm/knee) on injured reserve Monday. 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.
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. 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.
Sproles is believed to have suffered a broken arm and is out indefinitely, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sproles will undergo further testing Monday to determine the exact severity of his situation. In any event, his impending absence is a major blow to the Eagles passing game, of which Sproles is an integral part. 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. Smallwood, in particular, is the best fit for the passing downs that accounted for much of Sproles' playing time.
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