RB Sproles returning to Eagles

Free-agent running back Darren Sproles will return to the Philadelphia Eagles this season, putting off retirement in the aftermath of a 2017 campaign ended prematurely by injury.

Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, made the announcement Saturday.

Sproles, who is eighth in the NFL in career all-purpose yards with 19,155, appeared in only three games last season. The 34-year-old tore an ACL and broke his forearm against the New York Giants in September.

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LeGarrette Blount, who led Philadelphia with 766 rushing yards in 2017, signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in the offseason. There were no running backs among the five players the Eagles selected in this weekend's draft.

Jay Ajayi, acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins midseason last year, will be expected to serve as Philadelphia's top back.

The Eagles are the third team for Sproles, who began his career with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2005. The 2018 season will be his fifth with Philadelphia.

--Field Level Media

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