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Darren Sproles | RB | Philadelphia Eagles
Posted: 3/25/2015 10:58am et
The Philadelphia Eagles traded RB LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills because head coach Chip Kelly desires a one-cut running back, according to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie praised McCoy as a player, but the move was not financially driven. Kelly felt he could garner more production from a different running back or two. Lurie used the term 'power spread' on multiple occasions to describe Kelly's offense. RBs DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews figure to share the work.
Huddle Up: In Philly, Kelly's system is king. And if a player isn't a fit, especially if they command a large share of the salary cap, you can expect Kelly to find a replacement.

Posted: 10/31/2014 3:25pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Sproles has practiced in full all week after sitting out the Week 8 game at Arizona, and will return to his usual role spelling LeSean McCoy on Sunday in Houston.

Posted: 10/29/2014 2:38pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Sproles has said he expects to play this Sunday in Houston after missing the Week 9 loss to the Cards. If so, we should continue to see positive practice reports the rest of the week.

Posted: 10/28/2014 3:50pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28. Sproles said he is hopeful to play this week, but is not sure of his status until he gets more practice in.
Huddle Up: Sproles was unable to play in Week 8 following the team's bye, but see if he can keep Tuesday's momentum rolling through the rest of the week.

Posted: 10/24/2014 3:53pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Sproles took advantage of Philly's timely bye last week, and figures to be able to play Sunday in Arizona. Double check before kickoff, though, just to make sure.

Posted: 10/21/2014 2:53pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: According to reports, Sproles didn't appear to be limited during the time the media got to observe practice Tuesday, and he may not end up missing any time thanks to the team's well-timed bye week. But definitely see how the rest of the practice week goes for the RB before getting too excited.

Posted: 10/13/2014 12:46pm et
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) is believed to have avoided an anterior cruciate ligament tear. However, he's expected to miss a few weeks due to the knee injury.
Huddle Up: Reports say Sproles is expected to miss one game. It's good news because the injury looked serious at the time. Sproles should return in 1-2 weeks based on early reports, so fantasy owners can breathe a little easier today.

Posted: 10/13/2014 10:35am et
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) had the stability of his left medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament tested by a team orthopedist, and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said 'whatever news he delivered' to Sproles reportedly made him 'unhappy.'
Huddle Up: Sproles was able to walk to the locker room under his own power, and after the game he told reporters he would be "all right". Plus, Philly has a bye in Week 7 so he'll have an additional week to heal. However, Sproles' fantasy owners might want to look at their Sproles replacement as a potential two- or three-week fix, just in case.

Posted: 9/16/2014 12:23am et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles had seven receptions for a career-high 152 yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts Monday, Sept. 15. He also had four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Philly wanted to get Sproles the ball in space against the Indy LBs, and the plan worked to perfection with the RB averaging 21.7 yards per catch with a long gain of 57. He wound up easily outgaining starter LeSean McCoy (178-101) and will continue to have fantasy value as a RB2 or flex option, especially in PPR leagues, although this likely will turn out to be his best total-yardage game of the season.

Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles' ability to win one-on-one matchups in space is what head coach Chip Kelly plans to exploit this season. Kelly said opposing defenses played a lot of man-to-man coverage against his offense last year, and his goal was to find a way to exploit the coverage this year.
Huddle Up: Kelly's MO is spreading the field, finding mismatches and exploiting them and in Sproles he has another speedy tool to do just that. With most of the Eagles now in Year Two of running Kelly's high-speed offense, the expectation is that things will move even more quickly and efficiently--great news for the fantasy prospects of all involved.

Posted: 6/25/2014 3:14pm et
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles received praise about his work ethic from Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. 'We heard from the coaches that coached him what an intelligent football player he is and [we] learned that from the first day he was in this building and how sharp he is and how dedicated he is,' Kelly said. 'I talked to Norv Turner and he remarked to me when I saw him at one of the pro days, he said, 'You'll have to slow him down because he only knows one speed.' And that's the same thing you see. Darren practices and trains at one speed. It's awesome. He fits in with the culture that we want in terms of preparation, but it's everything we wanted when we got him here.'
Huddle Up: A speed guy like Sproles is a perfect fit for Kelly's system; given the right opportunities, Sproles could return to his Saints level of productivity (pre-last year), which makes him a viable RB2 in PPR formats.