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Darren Sproles 'Blessed' To Be Back

  • The 35-year-old running back has recovered from his injuries and is set for his final season.

One of the many positive storylines in the first week of Eagles Training Camp has been the play of running back Darren Sproles.

After suffering a torn ACL and broken arm on the same play against the Giants on September 17, 2017 and having season-ending surgery, the future of the three-time Pro Bowl and 2015 All-Pro speedster became uncertain.

Sproles, with 19,155 all-purpose yards (eighth all time), had announced prior to the 2017 season that it would be his last. But no one wants to go out that way.

So after months of rehabilitation, the 35-year-old re-signed with the Eagles on the final day of the NFL Draft and announced in early July that this will be his final season. And following a few days on the practice field, it seems as if he will be good to go when that season starts on September, 6.

"I've been working real hard to get back right," Sproles said. "I've been blessed."

Sproles missed OTAs in late May and was held back by the team from full participation in the June minicamp. But so far in Training Camp, he's been "full go," fielding punts and running the football with his signature, crafty moves. He is not wearing any brace and practiced in full pads over the weekend.

"Everyone's been saying that I really look good," Sproles said. "That's the way I wanted it. I didn't want to come back and it be like I lost a step, or didn't have the same quickness."

It was around April of this year when Sproles said he realized he'd be able to make it back for one more season.

"When I was rehabbing and I finally got the green light to really start cutting and stuff like that, that's when I really could tell," Sproles said. "It had to be when I was able to run routes."

Sproles said his goal is to move up in the rankings for all-purpose yards. He currently trails. No. 7 Steve Smith by just 25 yards and No. 6 Marshall Faulk by 35 yards. He said he has his "eyes set" on the No. 5 spot currently held by Tim Brown, whom he trails by 527 yards.

But the ultimate goal for Sproles is to go out on his own terms as a Super Bowl Champion. And when evaluating the pieces added to the Eagles' offense for this season, he seems to believe the team has what it takes to repeat.

"We got a lot of weapons," Sproles said. "And the thing is, when we can get everyone on the field at the same time, that's scary."

In the meantime, the veteran will also be able to provide mentorship to some of the younger players on the roster. Going into his 14th NFL season, Sproles surely has a lot to offer.

"I just try to do the right things," Sproles said. "But the main thing I tell the young guys is it's one day at a time. You try to get better each day. Never look ahead. It's always one day at a time."

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