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'A Devastating Loss' As Darren Sproles Is Done For The Season

Posted Sep 25, 2017

Head coach Doug Pederson announced that running back Darren Sproles will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL and a broken forearm on the same play during Sunday’s win against the Giants.

Sproles went down on a carry near the Eagles' sideline early in the second quarter. He somehow walked off the field under his own power. The season-ending injuries come as a blow to not only the offense, but the special teams unit as well as he was the team’s punt returner for the past four seasons. Pederson stated wide receiver Torrey Smith will likely serve in that role considering that he’s done it during his past stints with both the Ravens and the 49ers. Practice squad running back Byron Marshall will be a part of the consideration process as well.

The Eagles intend to decide who will take Sproles' place on the roster within the next few days.

“It’s a devastating loss obviously with the punt return, the special teams aspect of it," Pederson said. "So we’ll look at everything the next couple of hours but probably the next day or so.”

Sunday’s performances from young running backs Wendell Smallwood and rookie Corey Clement provided the team some solace in the wake of the injury. The Eagles gained 193 yards on the ground against the Giants.

“It’s going to have to be the next-man mentality but I think Wendell on third-down specifically, Corey as well. They’re going to have to step up and assume that role," Pederson said.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (ankle) went down in Sunday’s contest as well. Pederson announced both players are listed as day to day.

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