The Eagles announced on Friday morning that running back Darren Sproles will miss the remainder of the regular season with a torn right hip flexor muscle.
According the to the team, Sproles originally suffered a partial tear of the muscle during the October 6 game against the New York Jets. Sproles went through four weeks of rehabilitation including a return to practice on October 30.
After extensive testing and participation in practice, he was fully cleared. Sproles was able to play against the Chicago Bears on November 3 without reporting any issues. When the team returned on November 11, Sproles was a full participant in Monday’s practice, as well as a workout on Tuesday. Following Wednesday’s practice, Sproles reported the injury and was evaluated. Further testing on Thursday revealed a torn hip flexor muscle.
“It is disappointing in Darren’s situation because of who he is as a person and what he’s meant to this organization, what he’s meant to this team. He is a Hall of Fame specialist in this league. I’m disappointed for him more so then the team."
The 15-year veteran ranks fifth in NFL history with 19,696 all-purpose yards behind Jerry Rice, Brian Mitchell, Walter Payton, and Emmitt Smith. Three of those four players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Sproles is the only player ever to score at least 30 receiving touchdowns (32), 20 rushing touchdowns (23), one kickoff return touchdown (2), and one punt return touchdown (7).
After signing a one-year deal in July to return for the 2019 campaign, Sproles had 90 yards from scrimmage in 104 snaps. He was also the primary punt returner.