PHILADELPHIA – Eagles running back Darren Sproles out for the rest of the season with a torn right hip flexor, the team announced Friday.
Meanwhile, Jordan Howard began to run back to face the shoulder "stinger" who suffered at the end of week 9 win over the Chicago Bears. He has not been allowed to contact, according to coach Doug Pederson.
With a pair of diseased backs, the Eagles brought a familiar face – Jay Ajayi – to visit on Friday.
"We will see where he is physically, condition, see where he is in health," Pederson said of Ajayi.
Pederson did not dismiss Ajayi's idea of not only signing but also playing this weekend against the New England Patriots. He also called the re-training squad De 'Angelo Henderson as potentially in line for the role.
Ajayi, who helped deliver the Super Bowl to the Eagles after being acquired in a trade deadline in 2017, hasn't played this season. He suffered an ACL which was torn last October while with the Eagles.
Rookie Miles Sanders will get most of the carry if Howard can't leave.
Sproles, 36, suffered a partial hip flexor muscle tear on October 6 against the New York Jets, the team said in a statement. After lengthy rehabilitation, he returned November 3 against the Bears. It was after training on Wednesday that he reported the most recent injury, the team said, and further testing revealed a torn hip flexor muscle.
Sproles has been listed in an injury report with a quad.
He appeared in only six matches this season, ending with 66 yards on 17 carries. Sproles was able to pass Team Brown and occupy the fifth position of all time on the all-purpose field – his career goals and one of the motivations for returning to the 15th season.