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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

5-7, 180Born: 6-20-1983College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 4

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Sproles tore his ACL and broke a bone in his forearm on the same play in Week 3. His season is over.

Week 12: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Eagles backfield continues to be as much of a rotation as we have seen in the NFL this season. Last week, LeGarrette Blount led the team in both snaps and carries with 50% of the snaps and 13 carries, while Corey Clement played 30% with six carries and Jay Ajayi played 22% with seven carries in his second game with the team. Ajayi has yet to exceed 25% of the snaps since joining the Eagles, and this came as a huge surprise last week as Ajayi busted off a 71-yard run midway through the third quarter last week but just saw one more carry in the game after that play. LeGarrette Blount was relatively ineffective outside of one 30-yard run last week as he continues to be the Eagles' top bruising back used in goal-line situations. This situation should continue to be tough to predict as the Eagles legitimately have five running backs who are worked in on a regular basis in this scheme. The Bears defense has been up and down against the run this season. After giving up 160 rushing yards against the Packers in Week 10, the Bears stifled the Lions last week, allowing just 2.7 yards per attempt for a total of 65 rushing yards on the day. Interior defender Mitch Unrein has been the Bears best run defender this season, and actually one of the better run defending linemen in the league this year as he ranks near the top of the league in run-stop percentage. The Bears lost linebacker Leonard Floyd late in last week's game as he suffered a knee injury trying to defend a run. Floyd is week to week and will definitely miss this week's game, leaving a weakness on the left side of that defensive front. The strength of the Eagles offensive line is definitely their right side with Brandon Brooks playing very well at right guard this season, so that bodes well for their chances to make some plays against the Bears up and down run defense.

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sproles left this game after just three carries as he tore his ACL and broke his arm on the exact same play and will miss the remainder of the season.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (10 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Sproles led this team in snaps and carries as it appears he is the running back going forward as the Eagles go to a more pure passing spread offense. LeGarrette Blount did not see a carry and Wendell Smallwood only had three carries. Sproles only saw four targets out of the passing game this week after seeing eight targets in the first week.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Sproles continues to have a role on this team out of the backfield as he was tied for the team high in targets with eight in this game. Sproles led the running backs in snaps as he was on the field for 49% of the plays while Blount was at 34% and Smallwood as at 22%. Sproles is going to continue to have a role in this offense and with the departure of Jordan Matthews it opens up targets for him to be more utilized than he was last season.

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Schedule

12vs Chicago Bears
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Oakland Raiders
17vs Dallas Cowboys