Eagles lose Sproles for season, take look at Ajayi

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Darren Sproles is out for the rest of the season with a torn right hip flexor, the team announced Friday.

In addition, starting running back Jordan Howard is dealing with a shoulder “stinger” suffered late in a Week 9 win over the Chicago Bears. He has not been cleared for contact, according to coach Doug Pederson.

With a pair of backs ailing, the Eagles brought in a familiar face — former Dolphins and Eagles running back Jay Ajayi — for a visit Friday.

“We’ll see where he’s at physically, conditioning, see where he’s at healthwise,” Pederson said of Ajayi.

Pederson did not discount the idea of Ajayi not only signing but also playing this weekend against the New England Patriots. Pederson also mentioned practice squad back De’Angelo Henderson as potentially being in line for a role.

Ajayi, who helped deliver a Super Bowl title to the Eagles after being acquired at the trade deadline in 2017, has not played this season. He suffered a torn ACL last October while with the Eagles.

Rookie Miles Sanders will get the bulk of the carries if Howard can’t go.

Sproles, 36, suffered a partial tear of the hip flexor muscle on Oct. 6 against the New York Jets, the team said in a statement. After a lengthy rehab, he returned Nov. 3 against the Bears. He reported the most recent injury after Wednesday’s practice, the team said, and further testing revealed the torn hip flexor.

Sproles had been listed on the injury report with a quadriceps problem.

He appeared in just six games this season, finishing with 66 yards on 17 carries. Sproles was able to move past Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown and into fifth place in career all-purpose yards — a goal for Sproles and one of his motivations in returning for a 15th season.

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