HC Chip Kelly said that he will not make any decisions about their respective status for Sunday's game at Arizona until seeing them in action.
Sproles is still questionable according to beat writers, but it's a good sign he's on practice field at least. He also added that he thinks he'll play when speaking to the media on Tuesday. Original reports had Sproles missing this week against the Cardinals, but that remains to be seen. The team also had Chris Polk back at practice Tuesday, and didn't make any moves for RBs over their bye week.
Still a team source told NJ.com that Sproles' injury "does not look good.'' Asked how bad it was, the source responded, "it's not good.''
Sproles catches a break with the Eagles on the bye next week. His status for Arizona, Oct. 26 and beyond won't be determined until the team comes back from the bye to practice, Oct. 21.
Other reports said Sproles was joking with teammates in the locker room. Sproles did walk off the field and to the locker room under his own power but it looks like owners will have to wait and see how long he could be out. He was scheduled for an MRI Monday. The Eagles have a bye in Week 7 before coming back to play the Cardinals in Week 8. The Birds will likely bring in another RB with Chris Polk (hamstring) inactive for Week 6. LeSean McCoy will see plenty of touches if Sproles is out any length of time.
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LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)
DT Josh Chapman (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder)
For the Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne appear as probable ( both not injury related) and practiced fully on Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw is expected to split carries with Trent Richardson and Wayne has a great matchup against the Eagles secondary.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm
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Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Polk was on the roster bubble but made the team. Darren Sproles is technically the RB2 behind LeSean McCoy, but Polk could settle into a large role if McCoy were sidelined for any length of time.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Polk was on the roster bubble but made the team. Darren Sproles is technically the RB2 behind LeSean McCoy, but Polk could settle into a large role if McCoy were sidelined for any length of time.
That runs counter to the popular narrative that emerged when the Eagles acquired the shifty running back from the Saints for a fifth-round pick during the offseason. In his eight-year career, Sproles has been mostly known as a receiving threat out of the backfield. During five years in San Diego and three more in New Orleans, Sproles never carried the ball more than 93 times in a single season. His highest rushing total was 603 yards with the Saints in 2011.
In fairness, he was mostly a backup with the Chargers, and he was employed primarily as a pass catcher with the Saints. Since 2009, Sproles has had at least 45 receptions each year. His receiving numbers spiked with New Orleans, where he hauled in 188 passes over the last three years.
While the Eagles expect him to be a good receiver in the offense, Chip Kelly insisted that Sproles is a running back first and capable of carrying the ball when needed. Pat Shurmur echoed that sentiment this week before practice at the NovaCareComplex
“We’ve said it all along. Darren can play running back on first, second and third down,” the offensive coordinator said. “We always try to use our players in a way where we maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses, no matter what the situation.”
If there’s a concern about Sproles carrying the ball, it’s what kind of impact the increased workload might have on his body, the story said. He’s been a pretty durable player in his career, missing a total of just six games in eight years. This very well may have everything to do with Chris Polk struggling to get on the field and still not being 100-percent. It would make much more sense to keep Sproles in his receiving role and use another back like Polk - ideally - on early downs should McCoy ever miss time.
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Both could both land on the practice squad if they don’t last past final cuts, but there could be other teams willing to snatch them for their 53-man rosters. Josey has rushed 12 times for 104 yards in the preseason. He had a 70-yard, one-shoe TD jaunt brought back by a penalty. He’s swift and can also catch the ball out of the backfield (three catches for 39 yards and a TD). Both Tucker and Josey have looked willing and capable as blockers.
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