Sproles (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Sproles will miss out on a chance to face one of his former teams after suffering a setback during Wednesday's practice. He'll likely miss time beyond Week 11, leaving Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement to form a backfield committee without a proven pass-catching threat.
Sproles (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice. Coach Doug Pederson said that Sproles would focus his efforts on rehabbing his lingering hamstring injury rather than practicing, so the veteran's non-participation in the first two sessions of the week doesn't come as a surprise. With Sproles trending toward missing his ninth consecutive game Sunday against the Saints, the Eagles will lean on a backfield trio of Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement.
Coach Doug Pederson said that Sproles' main focus for this week will be continuing to train and rehab his hamstring injury, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Eagles aren't officially listing Sproles as out for Sunday's game against the Saints, but the fact that Pederson didn't offer any indication the running back is close to returning to practice suggests the 35-year-old's absence will be extended by at least another week. Sproles may need to demonstrate meaningful progress in his rehab over the next several days in order to avoid a move to injured reserve, which would spell an end to his season.
Sproles is expected to remain out for multiple weeks after aggravating his hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Sproles has been sidelined since Week 1 with the injury, but was expected to return to action Sunday against the Cowboys after opening the week as a practice participant. Unfortunately for the veteran scatback, he wasn't even able to make it through one full session before the hamstring acted up again. In light of his latest setback, the Eagles intend to take a cautious approach with Sproles, with one source telling Rapoport that the 35-year-old may need 3-to-4 weeks of recovery time. The team will likely track Sproles' progress over the next week or two before determining if he can realistically contribute this season or if it's better to free up a roster spot by placing him on injured reserve.
Sproles (hamstring) won't return for Sunday's game against Dallas, but coach Doug Pederson still expects the 35-year-old to play before the end of the season, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Sproles returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since Week 1, only to aggravate his hamstring injury and then sit out Thursday and Friday. Despite the optimism from Pederson, it's fair to wonder if Sproles really will make it back this season. The Eagles will continue to deploy a backfield committee consisting of Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement (illness).
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