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43 Darren Sproles RB
Height/Weight: 5-6/190 | Birthdate: 6/20/1983 | Birthplace: Waterloo, IA, USA | Team: Philadelphia | College: Kansas State | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 87/28 | Average Draft Position: 102.58
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Eagles to get RB Darren Sproles on the field more


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters at the NFL meetings on Wednesday that he would like to get running back Darren Sproles on the field more often in 2015, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles recently signed running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in free agency.

Sproles came over from the Saints after beginning his career with the Chargers. Over his 10-year career, he has rushed for 2,550 yards and 17 touchdowns. As an option as a receiver out of the backfield, he has 418 receptions for 3,768 yards and 27 touchdowns. 


Eagles plan to spread the ball around with Murray, Mathews, Sproles


(3/12/2015) After signing running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews on Thursday, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly made it clear that he plans on spreading the ball around in the running game. He also said that he doesn't envision Murray being a workhorse back in the Eagles offense.

Murray and Mathews will be added to a backfield that recently lost LeSean McCoy in a trade to the Bills, but the team still has Darren Sproles. The head coach states that Sproles will still remain an integral part of the offense.

"Darren (Sproles) is a Swiss army knife. You can use him in a million different ways", says Kelly.


Eagles announce three-year deal with RB Ryan Mathews


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/12/2015) Free agent running back Ryan Mathews signed a three-year deal with the Eagles, the team announced. The team did not disclose the money, but reports indicate Mathews will receive $11.5 million.

Mathews joined Philly despite the team also landing DeMarco Murray, the reigning NFL rushing leader. Earlier reports suggested Mathews might back out of his agreement once it became clear the Eagles also were signing Murray.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Murray and Mathews an "incredible duo," but the crowded backfield also includes Darren Sproles and Chris Polk

An ankle injury limited Mathews to six games with San Diego last season, but in 2013 he rushed for 1,255 yards.

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Marques Colston pins Saints struggles on loss of Darren Sproles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) The Saints fell from 11-5 in 2013 to 7-9 last year, and WR Marques Colston blames an offseason change for the dropoff. 

Appearing on a radio show with Ron Jaworski, Colston pinpointed the Saints' 2014 problems on the loss of RB Darren Sproles

"When you lose a guy that has produced at that high of a level and don't have an immediate replacement planned for him, you're going to struggle at times when those crucial situations," Colston said. "When you know exactly the matchup you're going to get, the look you're going to get and what you're going to get out of that player--when you don't have that, and it's kind of an unknown, it kind of makes game planning that more difficult."


Eagles receive contributions from role players Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) The Eagles received contributions from several role players in a Week 16 defeat to Washington.

Darren Sproles registered 67 yards of total offensive. He took four handoffs for 24 yards and caught six of nine targets for 43 yards. Jordan Matthews was limited to only three grabs on five targets for 58 yards. Brent Celek caught his lone target for 15 yards.


Eagles notch three rushing TDs, none for McCoy in Week 15


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy racked up a team-high 64 yards on 16 carries but didn't score any of the Eagles' three rushing touchdowns in his team's 38-27 loss to the Cowboys in Week 15.

McCoy, who also added just one reception for one yard, had 16 of his team's 21 carries, but saw Chris Polk score on both of his touches while gaining six yards and Darren Sproles pick up five yards and a touchdown on just three carries. Sproles also added 11 yards on two receptions.

McCoy enjoyed big performances in Weeks 12 and 13 but has managed just 115 yards and no touchdowns on 34 touches over the last two weeks. He'll look for a bigger game when he faces the Redskins in Week 16.


Eagles RB Darren Sproles gets limited work Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles did very little Week 14 against the Seahawks.

Sproles had four rushing attempts, but failed to gain a single yard. The main reason for that was an eight yard loss in the second quarter. Sproles did not receive a target in the passing game. He'll look for more Week 15 against the Cowboys.


Eagles get offensive contributions Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/27/2014) The Eagles got several offensive contributions in their Thursday blowout of the Cowboys. Wideout Riley Cooper caught four of seven targets for 32 yards, and tight end Brett Celek had a 7-yard reception.

Running back Darren Sproles caught all three of his targets for 19 yards and had a 13-yard run. Running back Chris Polk, playing mainly in garbage time, ran 11 times for 49 yards. Receiver Josh Huff added a 7-yard rush.

They'll all play the Seahawks in Week 14.


Eagles RB Darren Sproles scores fifth rushing TD


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles found the end zone during Sunday's 43-24 victory over Tennessee in Week 12.

Sproles ripped a 4-yard run in the opening period for his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. he carried the ball six times for 25 yards. He also caught three of four targets for 14 yards. He has 282 rushing yards and 294 receiving yards on the year.

Philadelphia will square off against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.


Chip Kelly sticks up for LeSean McCoy


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/17/2014) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy averaged under 4 yards per carry Sunday for the sixth time this season, notes Philly.com. Still, coach Chip Kelly stuck up for McCoy on Monday.

"LeSean's our guy," Kelly told the website. "Right now, I think LeSean's done a good job."

McCoy is averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season after averaging 5.1 last year.

"A lot of runs he made, when you really watch them, I thought he did a good job of being patient, getting up inside, following blocks and doing things on the outside," Kelly said of McCoy's performance against Green Bay. "I don't think LeSean played poorly."

Kelly said he is not considering giving any of McCoy's carries to backup Darren Sproles, according to the website.


Eagles get offensive contributions Week 11


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/16/2014) The Eagles got several minor contributions Week 11 at Green Bay. Among them, wideout Riley Cooper caught four of six targets for 39 yards and tight end Brent Celek had an 11-yard grab.

Running back Darren Sproles ran twice for 21 yards and caught two of six targets for 23 yards. Running back Chris Polk carried three times for no yards.

They'll all play the Titans in Week 12.


Darren Sproles scores twice in MNF blowout


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/11/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles did something Monday night he had never done in his nine-year career: score on a rushing play and a punt return in the same game. Sproles ran untouched around left end for an 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

It was his only carry of the game, and his career-high fourth rushing score this season.

Eight minutes later, Sproles scooted 65 yards on a punt return to make it 17-7 Philly. It was Sproles' 13th career game with at least two scores.

Sproles has returned two punts for touchdowns this year, joining DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook as the only players in franchise history to do that.

Sproles caught one of two targets for 13 yards. He'll visit the Packers in Week 11.


Eagles RB Darren Sproles totals 63 yards in Week 9 win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Eagles versatile running back Darren Sproles contributed on the ground and through the air Sunday against the host Texans.

Sproles rushed for 17 yards on three carries, but did more damage catching the ball with four receptions for 46 yards.

His next game is set for Week 10 against the Panthers.


Darren Sproles limited to pass-catching in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles was a legitimate game-changing weapon early in the season, but an injury derailed things for him over the last month, and he didn't make a huge impact in his return in Week 9 against the Texans.

Sproles had a decent game Sunday, but was mostly used as a receiver out of the backfield. 46 of his 63 all-purpose yards came on his four receptions, as Chris Polk took over as the main backup running back. Sproles had just 17 yards on three carries, and watch Polk get goal-line work for the team's lone rushing touchdown of the game.

Sproles had three offensive touchdowns in the first six games of the season, but had just 8 Fantasy points in a three-game stretch from Week 3 to 5. If Polk is here to stay as an 8-10 carry per game guy, there might not be much room for Sproles to do much in the running game, so keep an eye on how the team uses their backs moving forward. 


Probables ready to roll for Eagles in Houston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Several Eagles that had been deemed probable for the Week 9 game against the host Texans have received the green light for action. They are tight end Brent Celek (back), guard Todd Herremans (biceps), linebackers DeMeco Ryans (groin) and Mychal Kendricks (calf) and running back Darren Sproles (knee).


Report: Eagles' Darren Sproles not expected to be limited Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) While Eagles running back Darren Sproles (knee) will return Week 9 at Houston, he was close to playing Week 8 against Arizona, a team source told NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales. Sproles is expected to play at "full-tilt" Sunday, Dales reported.

Sproles suffered a sprained MCL Week 6. The Eagles were hopeful Sproles would be ready to play immediately following their Week 7 bye, but he was held out Week 8.


Eagles quite healthy heading into Week 9 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Wide receiver Brad Smith (groin) and safety Nate Allen (hamstring) are the lone Eagles deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Houston. Both practiced in full Friday.

All the others on their injury report are probable. They are cornerback Brandon Boykin (hamstring), tight end Brent Celek (back), offensive linemen Todd Herremans (biceps) and Jason Kelce (hernia), linebackers Mychal Kendricks (calf) and DeMeco Ryans (groin), wide receiver Jeff Maehl (foot), running back Darren Sproles (knee) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (wrist).


Darren Sproles practices in full, says he'll play


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/29/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who missed Sunday's loss at Arizona with a knee injury, told Birds 24/7 that he practiced fully Wednesday and will play Week 9 at Houston.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles practicing Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/28/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles, held out Week 8 with a knee injury, is practicing Tuesday, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. Philly visits the Texans on Sunday.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles inactive at Arizona


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/26/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles is inactive for the game at Arizona after being listed as questionable and practicing on a limited basis last week. He sprained his MCL in the Week 6 win over the Giants.

Eagles in good shape heading into Week 8 game at Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Eagles have released an injury report Friday that has just one player worse off than questionable. Wide receiver Brad Smith (groin) will not play.

Those designated as questionable are center Jason Kelce (hernia), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (calf) and running back Darren Sproles (knee). Running back Chris Polk (hamstring), linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (wrist) are probable.


Eagles RB Darren Sproles limited in practice again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles (knee) was limited in practice for a second straight day Thursday. The Eagles are preparing to face the Cardinals in Week 8.

Darren Sproles limited in Wednesday's practice


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/22/2014) The Eagles listed running back Darren Sproles as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He's trying to come back from a sprained MCL in time for Sunday's game at Arizona.

Report: Darren Sproles 'appears likely to play'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/22/2014) Eagles running back Darren Sproles "appears likely to play" Sunday at Arizona after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 6, reports CSNPhilly.com. Sproles rested over the bye and returned to a limited practice Tuesday.

"The way I'm feeling, yeah," Sproles answered when asked if he'd play Sunday. But the real test will come Wednesday and Thursday at practice, when the Eagles will do more than the light session they had Tuesday.

Sproles was in full pads at the start of Wednesday's practice.


Report: Darren Sproles still unlikely to play Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/21/2014) While Eagles running back Darren Sproles (knee) returned to a limited practice Tuesday, he's still unlikely to suit up Sunday at Arizona, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sproles did not participate in pass-catching drills with the running backs and was seen doing light running during individual drills, the report said.

Sproles sprained his MCL in the Week 6 win over the Giants. The Eagles had a Week 7 bye.