Eagles' Sproles out for season after double injury

Sproles tore his ACL and broke his forearm on the same play in Sunday's win over the New York Giants. He'll miss the rest of the season.

When Darren Sproles walked briskly off the field holding his wrist after it appeared he injured his knee, the Philadelphia Eagles thought it was good news.

Bad news came on Monday.

Sproles tore his ACL and broke his forearm on the same play in Sunday's win over the Giants. He'll miss the rest of the season.

"It's a devastating loss," coach Doug Pederson said.

The versatile Sproles has nine returns for touchdowns, including seven on punts. The 34-year-old veteran went to three Pro Bowls, including last season when he had a career-high 94 carries.

"He's a great man. He's a great leader, well-liked on this team and in this locker room and in this community," Pederson said. "He has a lot of energy, and that's hard to replace.

"And so guys are just going to have to rally and pick up that spot and move forward. But, it's unfortunate. It is part of the game, and it's unfortunate that an injury has to happen, and sometimes it happens to great people and great men. It's just the unfortunate side of the business."

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf) and starting linebacker Jordan Hicks (ankle) also were injured against New York. Pederson said both players are day to day. They joined a depleted secondary on the sideline. No. 1 cornerback Ronald Darby, starting safety Rodney McLeod, backup safety Corey Graham, and versatile defensive back Jaylen Watkins didn't play against New York.

Despite all the injuries on defense, the Eagles held the Giants scoreless through three quarters before Eli Manning tossed three touchdown passes in a span of 5:21 in the fourth quarter.

The diminutive, 1.67-meter Sproles, one of the most popular players in the National Football League, is a 12-year veteran who was first drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2005, AFP reports.

He joined the New Orleans Saints in 2011 before moving to the Eagles in 2014.

He has amassed 3,366 rushing yards during his career and 22 rushing TDs.

As a kick returner he has accumulated 11,142 yards, including nine TDs.


Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball as Olivier Vernon of the New York Giants defends during their NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 2017.

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