Darren Sproles leaning toward playing another season

Sep 17, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) returns a kick during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Darren Sproles is still undecided regarding his playing future. After watching his team practice for the first time since injuries ended his 2017-18 season, though, the Philadelphia Eagles running back now has an idea as to which way he’s leaning.

“I’m going to wait until the offseason and see how I feel,” Sproles said on Wednesday, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer“I don’t have to play next year, but I’m leaning towards coming back. I can’t end like this.”

Sproles suffered a broken arm and torn ACL in Philadelphia’s 27-24 victory over the rival New York Giants back on September 24. Though initially diagnosed with only a broken right arm, a malady that would have allowed him to play again in 2017-18, doctors also discovered ligament damage in his left knee after further evaluation. Sproles was placed on injured reserve September 25.

The Eagles, surprisingly, haven’t skipped a beat without one of the most dynamic all-purpose play-makers in NFL history. Behind MVP candidate Carson Wentz, Philadelphia is tied for first in both points per game (30.1) and win-loss record (10-2).

Sproles, 34, is one of the league’s most surprising success stories. At 5-6 and 190 pounds, he was considered nothing more than a change-of-pace runner coming out of Kansas State in 2004. Many believed he didn’t have a place in the NFL at all. Instead, Sproles took full advantage of the game’s increasing speed and open space to become an imminent threat in the return game, running game and passing game. He currently ranks eighth all-time in all-purpose yardage.

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