Darren Sproles gets a timetable for his return

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Running back Darren Sproles
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Running back Darren Sproles /

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is expected to miss another few weeks after suffering a set back this week.

Darren Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles can’t seem to catch a break. Although the Eagles did a poor job handling Darren Sproles injury, at this point, they have no choice but to just sit back and wait for his return. The idea of bringing Sproles back was very risky, to begin with, considering that he’s 35-years-old coming off of an ACL tear. But Howie Roseman and the front office wanted to give Sproles one more chance at playing for a Super Bowl while he could.

Unfortunately, the gamble is not paying off at all. After signing Sproles to a one-year, $1.4 million deal in the offseason, Sproles has yet to play more than one game this year. The 14-year veteran suffered a hamstring injury during practice as the team prepared for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers way back in week two. Since then, he hasn’t played.

It’s very confusing as to why Sproles wasn’t placed on the injured reserve. If he was only going to miss a few weeks, then it’s understandable. At this point though, it was clear that the Eagles were well-aware that he wasn’t going to be back for a while as he hasn’t practiced until week ten.

Sproles never had a timetable, to begin with, but earlier in the week his return was announced to be week ten at home against the Dallas Cowboys. So, the Eagles did all that they could to get Sproles back out on the field, but his body wouldn’t allow it. Once again, Sproles is expected to miss multiple weeks. At least this time though, he has a timetable for return.

When is Sproles going to be back?

Nobody within the Eagles organization has confirmed yet, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport claims that Sproles will miss 3-4 weeks. And although Doug Pederson hasn’t confirmed, there’s a good chance that he never will. This season, the injury updates have been very vague and useless. Throughout the year, the Eagles have been hesitant with giving actual estimates of return, rather than saying somebody is ‘day-to-day’ or ‘week-to-week.’

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Regardless of when he returns though, the Eagles can’t expect to get much out of Sproles at this point. By the time he comes back, it will already be week 13-14, and it could take some time for him to get back into shape fully. It’s unfortunate, but the Sproles investment turned out to be a total flop for 2018.