Kelly: Darren Sproles might need 'a week or two' with MCL sprain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/14) Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Monday running back Darren Sproles sustained an MCL sprain Sunday against the Giants. Kelly would not put an exact timetable on Sproles' return, but it doesn't appear the Eagles are worried about a long-term injury.
"We'll see," Kelly said. "Could be a week or two. He'll get treatment and we'll assess when we get back."
The Eagles are on a bye Week 7. They return to action Week 8 at Arizona.
Report: Eagles RB Darren Sproles has slight MCL tear
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/14) Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who left Week 6 at home against the Giants, has a slight tear of the MCL in his left knee, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He's expected to need at least two weeks of recovery, which would put him in danger of missing only one game, per the report.
The Eagles have Week 6 bye before returning to action Week 8 at Arizona.
Report: Eagles RB Darren Sproles could miss a few weeks
There was an initial fear Sproles suffered a torn ACL, but he did not, according to Mosher. Though, FOX 29 News in Philadelphia reports Sproles is likely out 2-3 weeks with a sprained MCL.
The Eagles are on a bye Week 7, but are back in action Week 8 at Arizona.
Darren Sproles leaves with knee injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/14) Eagles running back Darren Sproles went to the locker room late in the third quarter against the Giants after suffering a left knee injury. Sproles was able to walk off under his own power.
Sproles ran seven times for 39 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, before leaving. He failed to make a reception despite being targeted four times. Sproles again made an impact on special teams, returning a punt 43 yards.
The Eagles are on a bye Week 7.
Opposing teams game planning to minimize Darren Sproles' impact
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/14) Eagles running back Darren Sproles has seen a sharp decline in production, especially in the passing game, the last few weeks following his hot start to the season. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Sproles' recent struggles are because teams are scheming to minimize his impact.
"A lot of times in the last couple of games he's been double-covered," Kelly said Wednesday, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "You can't tell Nick [Foles], if he's doubled, throw it to him because you want to get him a catch. If they are going to double him, then we need to go somewhere else."
Sproles had no catches Sunday against the Rams, even though the Eagles called his number a few times in the passing game. Sproles said teams have devised a defensive plan where a defender is waiting for him when he cuts inside or outside on a route.
Sproles said he notices a difference when he is in the game and when starting running back LeSean McCoy is in the game.
"Same offense, but when he's in the game, they've got a lot of people in the box," Sproles said. "When I come in the game, they think I'm running routes."
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Darren Sproles was traded to the Eagles, a tactical move by the Saints to get out of paying him his 2014 salary. But it was also a tactical move by the Eagles as Sproles not only gives them another weapon to use in their up-tempo, pass-heavy offense but also insurance in case LeSean McCoy misses some time. Sproles' work as a rusher is starting to slow down -- he's seen his carries, rush yardage and rush average dip over the last three seasons. But he's still a factor as a receiver, averaging well over 8.0 yards per grab over the last three seasons with 16 touchdowns in that span. He still has some wheels and is sure to make some plays but it seems likely that the Eagles won't over-use him so long as Shady McCoy is upright. Don't overrate Sproles -- he's a reserve back in standard leagues and a No. 3 option in PPR leagues. If he's taken before the middle of your draft then it's too soon.