Sproles (hip) will retire after this season, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. This marks the end of the road for a great career from Sproles, who was a three-time Pro Bowler during his lengthy stint in the NFL. Sproles racked up 3,552 rushing yards, 4,840 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns from scrimmage and had nine special teams touchdowns as well.
The Eagles placed Sproles (hip) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. The transaction officially puts a bow on Sproles' 2019 campaign, and perhaps his time in the NFL as well. After back-to-back injury shortened seasons, Sproles mulled retirement for most of the spring before ultimately re-signing with Philadelphia on a one-year deal in July. Unfortunately, a quadriceps injury kept Sproles out for three games during the first half of the Eagles' schedule before he returned to action Week 9, only for the running back to suffer a full tear of his right hip flexor muscle during Wednesday's practice. In response to Sproles' latest injury, the Eagles signed Jay Ajayi to provide backfield depth behind Jordan Howard (shoulder), Miles Sanders and Boston Scott.
Sproles (quadriceps) will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed Friday with a torn right hip flexor muscle. Sproles missed Thursday's practice with what was labeled as a quadriceps injury, but it appears he was actually dealing with the hip issue. The 36-year-old apparently suffered a partial tear of the hip flexor in early October but was cleared to return for Week 9 versus the Bears. He then sustained the full tear during Wednesday's practice, with the Eagles opting to shut him down for good. It's the third consecutive season Sproles has missed 10-plus games, and his increasing durability concerns could spell an end to his 15-year career. Fellow back Jordan Howard (shoulder) is also banged up, prompting the Eagles to bring in free agent Jay Ajayi for a workout Friday.
Sproles didn't participate in Thursday's practice due to a quadriceps injury. Sproles missed three consecutive games earlier in the season due to a quad issue, so it's somewhat disconcerting that the same injury has cropped up again coming out of a Week 10 bye. The veteran has only filled a bit role out of the Philadelphia backfield on the occasions he's suited up this season, but his availability for Sunday's game against the Patriots may carry greater import than normal with lead back Jordan Howard dealing with a shoulder injury that has limited him in back-to-back practices.
Sproles rushed twice for seven yards and caught one of his two targets for three yards in Sunday's 22-14 win over the Bears. Sproles played 10 offensive snaps in his return from a three-game absence due to a quad injury. All of his touches and targets came in the first half while Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders far outpaced the 36-year-old in terms of playing time and carries. His main role right now comes on special teams returning punts.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|7||10/24||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|9||11/07||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|11||11/21||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|12||11/28||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
|13||12/05||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|15||12/19||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|16||12/26||New York Giants||16||17.50|
|17||01/02||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|3 Year Avg||15||62||0||7||61||1||18|