Philadelphia Eagles: Has Darren Sproles played his final game in midnight green?

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After re-aggravating his hamstring once more on his first practice in months, have we seen the last of Darren Sproles in the Philadelphia Eagles uniform?

I know this may come as a surprise to some Philadelphia Eagles fans, but Darren Sproles is in fact still a member of the team.

I know right? Crazy.

Though he may now feel like a relic of a bygone era, the 60-plus year Dark Age of pre-Super Bowl Philly sports, Sproles has actually heald a place on the Eagles 53-man active roster for the entirety of the 2018 NFL season, some how skirting a trip to IR even after missing eight straight games with a hamstring injury.

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But how much longer can this go on? After only appearing in four games over the last two years, will Sproles ever return to the field, let alone doing show in midnight green?

At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Earlier this week, Doug Pederson announced that Sproles would be returning for the Eagles’ pivotal Week 10 bout against the Dallas Cowboys as they attempt to fight for divisional dominance at Lincoln Financial Field, but almost like clockwork, Sproles once again re-aggravated his hamstring injury and is now all but out for the prime time NFC East Showdown.

Unfortunately, for a player like Sproles, who relies so heavily on change of direction and the ability to stop on a dime, playing on a bum wheel is all impossible.

And this point, you kind of have to feel bad for the potential Hall of Famer.

After flirting with retirement before the 2017 NFL season, Sproles saw his ‘last dance’ cut abysmally short after going down with a pair of season-ending injuries in the Eagles’ Week 3 victory over the New York Giants. All though the team still went on to win the Super Bowl, giving Sproles that final trophy that may potentially put them over the top and volt him into the ranks of the all-time great all-purpose players in NFL history, this understandably was not how Darren wanted to finish out his career, a lame duck champion forced to watch his team do the unthinkable from the sidelines.

Much like Jason Peters, who saw his season end in similar fashion, Sproles opted to return for yet another final season in the hopes of going out on the field, but unlike JP, the field had been hard to come by for the 13-year vet.

While Sproles is inarguably still a solid player even midway through his 30s, a question unfortunately has to be asked: just how much value does he provide to the roster if he can’t get on the field?

After watching DeAndre Carter flash as a punt returner over the last half a dozen or so weeksi, is it really fair for him to be bounced back onto the practice squad for a player who can’t get on the field with regularity?

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Now granted, the addition of Golden Tate does make Carter a bit superfluous, as GT3 is pound-for-pound one of the very best players in the entire league at waving his way through traffic, but if this truly is Darren Sproles last round with the Philadelphia Eagles, or football in general, one has to wonder when he’ll actually get into the ring.