Still riding high after a crazy win Sunday, the Eagles got some bad news the next morning.
Darren Sproles is done for the season. Maybe for his career.
Sproles tore his ACL and broke his forearm on the same play Sunday afternoon at the Linc. The play came early in the second quarter. It first looked like Sproles hurt his knee and was then kicked on his right wrist on the way down.
ESPN first reported the story. Head coach Doug Pederson announced it at his press conference Monday afternoon.
"Double whammy on the play," Pederson said.
Pederson said the Eagles will likely make a corresponding roster move in the next couple of days. The Eagles started their season with five running backs on the roster but after losing Donnel Pumphrey and now Sproles, they're down to just three. Practice squad player Byron Marshall is a possible roster replacement.
Sproles will have surgery on his arm Monday and surgery on his knee later, per the ESPN report.
The 34-year-old running back once said this would be his final NFL season but then backed off those comments when asked this summer.
"We're gonna see," he said in June. "Right after we make the playoffs, then come back and ask me."
It's possible Sproles' career is over, but it's also possible he'll try to make a comeback so his career doesn't end like this.
After picking up 11 rushing yards Sunday before leaving the game, Sproles now has 19,155 all-purpose yards in his career. That's the eighth most in NFL history.
Pederson called the loss of Sproles "devastating" from a special teams aspect. In his absence Sunday, Torrey Smith took over as the Eagles' punt returner. Smith tweeted after the game he hasn't returned punts since high school.
"[Smith] has done it in practice in his past," Pederson said. "He's definitely a sure-handed guy back there so he's right now the next guy up."
Pederson said Fletcher Cox (calf) and Jordan Hicks (ankle), who were both injured in the game, are "OK" but are still day to day.