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Eagles RB Darren Sproles expects to play Monday vs. Redskins

Doug Pederson, Darren Sproles

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson loves to have a plethora of running backs at his disposal, and it appears that he’ll have another one returning to the fold this week.

Darren Sproles, who has played in just one game this season after playing only three last year, is expected to return to action when the Eagles take on the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

From Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

Darren Sproles has made it through two consecutive practices for the first time in months and the 35-year-old running back expects to play on Monday against Washington.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

He wouldn’t go into detail on Friday about the injury that kept him out, but said it was “more than a simple hamstring injury.”

Sproles said this has been the most frustrating injury of his career. After all, he spent all offseason rehabbing from a torn ACL with the goal to not go out like that. He wanted to make his last NFL season special and he hasn’t been able to play all year.

Sproles’ return to action is certainly a positive, even if it’s been a difficult year for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Starting running back Jay Ajayi went down earlier in the season with a torn ACL, which led to Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement getting extra opportunities out of the backfield.

And now, it’s Josh Adams who has emerged for the Eagles, as he had 22 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 win over the New York Giants.

Philadelphia currently sits behind Dallas (7-5) and Washington (6-5) in the NFC East standings.