Eagles RB Sproles out with hamstring injury

Eagles RB Sproles out with hamstring injury

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury.

Coach Doug Pederson described it as a “slight hamstring” strain, and said it occurred during practice on Wednesday. He missed the next two sessions.

Sproles, who has spent the last year rehabbing from an ACL tear, started in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons and finished with five rushes for 10 yards and added four receptions for 22 yards before Jay Ajayi assumed the bulk of the workload in the second half.

In the process, the 35-year-old Sproles passed Marshall Faulk and Steve Smith to move into sixth in career all-purpose yards (19,216).

Ajayi, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood could all see increased roles in Sproles’ absence.

Special teams will be impacted as well. Sproles is their primary punt returner while receiver Shelton Gibson returned kicks in the opener. Gibson is questionable with a knee injury. Pederson mentioned Clement, Smallwood and Nelson Agholor as possible kick return options, and Clement and DeAndre Carter for punt returns.

“They’ve been getting some work the last couple days,” Pederson said.

Quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) are also out Sunday.

NFL News

via http://www.espn.com – NFL http://www.espn.com

September 14, 2018 at 11:37AM

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