Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Darren Sproles aggravates hamstring injury, according to sources

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sproles’ latest setback comes after coach Doug Pederson said he expected the running back to play Sunday in his first game since Week 1.

Sources said Sproles was highly disappointed by the injury recurrence, as were the Eagles.

Sproles hurt the hamstring in practice leading into Week 2 and has missed the past seven games.

The Eagles had hoped Sproles could resume punt-return duties and rejoin a backfield currently being led by Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Philadelphia ranks 18th in rushing yards per game this season with 106.6.

DeAndre Carter had been returning punts in Sproles’ absence but was waived Tuesday and claimed by the Houston Texans on Wednesday.

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Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles ruled out with hamstring injury

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury.

Coach Doug Pederson described it as a “slight hamstring” strain, and said it occurred during practice on Wednesday. He missed the next two sessions.

Sproles, who has spent the past year rehabbing from an ACL tear, started in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons and finished with five rushes for 10 yards and added four receptions for 22 yards before Jay Ajayi assumed the bulk of the workload in the second half.

In the process, the 35-year-old Sproles passed Marshall Faulk and Steve Smith to move into sixth in career all-purpose yards (19,216).

Ajayi, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood could all see increased roles in Sproles’ absence.

Special teams will be impacted as well. Sproles is their primary punt returner, while receiver Shelton Gibson returned kicks in the opener. Gibson is questionable with a knee injury. Pederson mentioned Clement, Smallwood and Nelson Agholor as possible kick-return options, and Clement and DeAndre Carter for punt returns.

“They’ve been getting some work the last couple days,” Pederson said.

Quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) are also out Sunday.

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Michael Bennett, Darren Sproles not at Philadelphia Eagles’ voluntary OTAs

PHILADELPHIA — Defensive end Michael Bennett and running back Darren Sproles were not in attendance as the Eagles opened OTAs on Tuesday.

Bennett’s absence is not related to his ongoing legal matter, according to coach Doug Pederson, who took Bennett’s absence in stride.

“I really don’t have any concern going forward with him acclimating himself to the defense,” he said. “You’ve been around long enough to understand [defensive coordinator] Jim [Schwartz]’s style and what we teach and it fits his strength, and that’s roll off the ball as a D-lineman. It’s just a matter of getting him in here and getting him around his teammates.”

Pederson added that he expects Bennett to participate in OTAs at some point.

The Eagles acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks in March for a fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson. A short time later, A warrant was issued for Bennett’s arrest after a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, indicted him on a felony charge of injury to the elderly resulting from an alleged incident at NRG Stadium after Super Bowl LI.

The courts did not put any travel restrictions on Bennett, according to his attorney, Rusty Hardin. Bennett’s next appearance in court is scheduled for June 27.

It was not unusual for Bennett, who lives in Hawaii, to miss offseason workouts while with the Seahawks.

The same can be said for Sproles. He typically trains in San Diego to be closer to his family. That has become more of a priority in recent years. Sproles, 34, considered retiring after the 2017 season to spend more time with his daughters but didn’t want to finish his career on injured reserve. He has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and broken forearm suffered in late September.

“It is a voluntary program, and they are two guys that I don’t have a lot of concern as far as their ability to help us win games because they are veteran players and they know how to get themselves ready to go,” Pederson said.

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Philadelphia Eagles agree to re-sign RB Darren Sproles

Veteran free-agent running back Darren Sproles will return to the Philadelphia Eagles for another season, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman announced Saturday during his post-draft news conference.

Coach Doug Pederson signaled this as a possibility at the owners meeting in March, saying there was mutual interest and calling Sproles “a big part of our team.”

Sproles, 34, originally planned to retire after the 2017 season, explaining that his two daughters are “getting to the age that they want their daddy around more.” But he tore an ACL and broke a forearm against the New York Giants in September, and decided he didn’t want to finish his career on injured reserve.

Speaking of his rigorous rehab in the months since, Roseman called Sproles “a freak” and said the expectation is that he will be ready for Week 1.

The Eagles had interest in potentially adding a back during the draft. The fact that they didn’t land one made signing Sproles more of a no-brainer.

Sproles is eighth in career all-purpose yards with 19,155. He has a chance to chase down Steve Smith (19,180), Marshall Faulk (19,190) and Tim Brown (19,682) this season.

He’ll be part of a running back rotation in Philadelphia with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. The team’s leading rusher from 2017, LeGarrette Blount, signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency.

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