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Darren Sproles | Running Back | #43

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (130) / LAC
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Darren Sproles suffered a torn ACL in addition to a broken arm Week 3 against the Giants.
Sproles likely would have returned this season if just for the broken arm, but the ACL tear means his 2017 is finished. With the veteran considering retirement, it is possible this injury also ends his career, which would be a terrible way for one of the league's best playmakers to go out. With Sproles done for the year, LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement should form a timeshare in the backfield. Blount is the best bet for touchdowns from that group, but Smallwood is best suited to take on Sproles' former role. Smallwood needs to be added in all leagues. Sep 25 - 10:28 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Darren Sproles suffered a broken arm Week 3 against the Giants.

Sproles will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but it looks like he is going to miss several weeks. RapSheet believes he is a candidate for injured reserve. With Sproles out, LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement shared snaps against the Giants. Smallwood would figure to see the biggest boost in playing time with Sproles sidelined, but this likely will prove to be an unpredictable timeshare.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 24 - 10:37 PM

Darren Sproles won't return to Sunday's Week 3 game due to a wrist injury.

Sproles looked to have suffered a knee or leg injury initially, but he was later spotted walking around fine and holding his wrist. The Eagles are rolling with LeGarrette Blount in the backfield and Wendell Smallwood is sprinkling in.
Sep 24 - 1:59 PM

Darren Sproles is averaging 6.3 YPC in 10 career games against the Giants.

It’s the highest average for a running back with at least 40 carries. The trend suggests the Eagles will continue to ride Sproles after he led the Week 2 backfield in touches. Sproles is Rotoworld’s No. 31-ranked back this week.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 23 - 8:07 PM

Darren Sproles rushed 10 times for 48 yards and caught 2-of-4 passes for 30 yards in Week 2 against the Chiefs.

It was a homecoming game for Sproles, who went to high school in Kansas City. He led the Eagles' in carries and was the most effective back. Sproles fumbled on a punt return, but his role is trending up going into Week 3. With LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood struggling, Sproles is a good bet for double-digit Week 3 touches.
Sep 17 - 5:05 PM

Darren Sproles rushed two times for two yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 43 yards in the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Redskins.

Sproles led all Eagles backs in snaps, and his eight targets tied with Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor for the team lead. LeGarrette Blount is going to get a lot of the carries, but Sproles' role is secure as the pass-game back. He's an asset in PPR leagues but likely isn't a great start until bye weeks start coming into play. The Eagles travel to face the Chiefs on the road in Week 2.
Sep 10 - 5:12 PM

Darren Sproles did not play in the Eagles' third preseason game.

He likely won't play a single snap this preseason. At age 34, Sproles is expected to retire after this season, but not before he is heavily involved in the Eagles' 2017 offense. The Eagles have kept him in bubble wrap for a reason. Expect Sproles to lead Philly's backfield in PPR fantasy points this year.
Aug 24 - 10:06 PM

Darren Sproles said the offense is built to get him the ball in space more often this season.

"That’s just our thing now," Sproles said. "Moreso than even last year. We’re trying to get mismatches." Sproles is not expected to play in the preseason, but the Eagles offered a glimpse by targeting Donnel Pumphrey six times in 26 snaps in the preseason opener. The rookie only managed 12 yards, but it is a good indication Sproles will be even more involved as a receiver this season.
Aug 15 - 10:53 AM

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Daily News guesses Darren Sproles will remain "the top running back."

Despite being medically cleared to work out, Ryan Mathews' (neck) future remains in question, and the Eagles' only major addition at running back was pint-sized Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Wendell Smallwood could certainly take on a bigger role, but the Eagles look destined for another backfield committee, one which Sproles is again likely to chair. Even entering what is likely his final NFL season, Sproles is a good bet for 150 touches.
May 2 - 9:58 AM

Darren Sproles "has said several times" he anticipates 2017 being his final NFL season.

And it's probably going to be a useful season after the Eagles disregarded running backs in the draft. Philly's lone RB selection was used on fifth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey, a similarly undersized scatback who has drawn optimistic comparisons to Sproles. Ryan Mathews apparently now has a chance to return despite major back/neck issues. Sproles is likely to maintain PPR value in 2017.
May 1 - 2:11 AM

Darren Sproles rushed nine times for 32 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for four yards Week 17 against the Cowboys.

The ageless wonder did not finish his season on a high note, but it was yet another solid year for Sproles. He racked up 865 total yards on 146 touches and found the end zone 4 times. He failed to return a punt for a touchdown for the first time since 2013, but he still averaged 13.2 yards on 17 returns. Sproles has already said he will be back for his age-34 season, and it makes sense for the Eagles to keep him around at his $4 million base salary. Even with Philly likely to add some early-down help, Sproles will remain an interesting late-round draft pick in PPR formats next summer.
Jan 1 - 4:31 PM

Darren Sproles plans to play just one more season in the NFL.

He has one year left on his contract and doesn't want to sign another one. Sproles will be entering his age-34 season in 2017, but said he's starting to feel the pull from his family, particularly his young daughters, to be home more. Even at his advanced age, Sproles still looks like he has a few years left in the tank. He's averaging 4.8 YPC this year and hasn't slowed down a bit.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Darren Sproles rushed seven times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Giants.

He added two catches for 23 yards. Sproles looked fully healthy after sitting out last week. He scored a 25-yard touchdown on his first carry but saw limited work before Ryan Mathews (stinger) left in the fourth quarter. Sproles totaled more than 50 yards for the first time since Week 12. With Mathews likely to play next week, Sproles won't be more than a low-end PPR FLEX.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is active for Week 16 against the Giants.

Sproles will return to his usual third down/change-up role. Inactive for the Eagles are WR Paul Turner, CB Dwayne Gratz, DE Steven Means, OL Josh Andrews, OG Dillon Gordon, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai and DT Taylor Hart.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is listed questionable for Week 16 against the Giants.

Sproles has already been cleared of his concussion that kept him out for Week 15, and is fully expected to play Thursday night against the Giants. He and Ryan Mathews will get back to forming their 1-2 punch in the backfield.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Wentz
2Nick Foles
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Darren Sproles
3Wendell Smallwood
4Donnel Pumphrey
5Corey Clement
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Wendell Smallwood
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Wendell Smallwood
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Mack Hollins
3Shelton Gibson
WR21Torrey Smith
2Nelson Agholor
3Marcus Johnson
WR31Nelson Agholor
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
LG1Isaac Seumalo
2Chance Warmack
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
RG1Brandon Brooks
RT1Lane Johnson
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
K1Caleb Sturgis