Darren Sproles is 33 years old, and he is really beginning to feel the pull of family.
His two daughters are "getting to the age that they want their daddy around more," Sproles explained, and so he has decided that next season will be his last in the NFL. That was the thought when he inked a one-year extension through 2017 this summer with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it remains the thought as he gets set to complete his 12th season in the league.
His hope is to remain in Philadelphia for the swan song -- he has grown close to many of his teammates and is fond of the coaching staff -- but noted that whether he's back in an Eagles uniform next season is out of his hands.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Sproles will return on Thursday. It’s a difficult matchup against the Giants, but Sproles may be able to make a few plays in the passing game.
"He's good to go,'' Pederson, who also ruled out Barner with a hamstring injury, said. "(Barner) is going to miss the game. Being Thursday night, he's not going to make back.''
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Sproles will sit against the Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Sproles will likely sit against Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Sproles will likely sit against Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.
Smallwood was placed on injured reserve Monday with a knee injury. Marshall, a former Oregon standout, spent the offseason and preseason with the Eagles and has been on practice squad all year.
Darren Sproles is in the league-mandated concussion protocol, leaving the Eagles even thinner at running back. Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner are the top only other running backs on the roster, so Marshall could play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens if Sproles has not recovered from the concussion.
Mathews figures to get the bulk of the work but the Eagles have used as many as four RBs in games this year. Marshall likely won't get enough work to warrant a start in just about any format.
Doug Pederson offered a lengthy update on the Eagles’ injury situation following Philadelphia’s Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins. According to Pederson, four players suffered potential season-ending injuries on Sunday: long snapper Jon Dorenbos, rookie running back Wendell Smallwood (knee), reserve tackle Matt Tobin, and backup defensive back Jaylen Watkins. Pederson said all four players are candidates to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Smallwood suffered the injury in the second quarter and was downgraded to 'out' after halftime.
Washington's Deshazor Everett leveled Sproles before he caught the ball, and he had to be helped from the locker room.
Eagles running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return to practice when the team reconvenes on Wednesday after missing the last two games against the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals with an MCL sprain.
Smallwood was expected to have a much bigger impact in the running game with Mathews out, but that didn't happen so we should assume Mathews gets a nice workload for a struggling Eagles offense in Week 14, assuming he's a go.
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