Eagles RB Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in Wednesday's practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Philly was hoping to get Sproles back this week, but he's now out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys and might miss significantly more time beyond that. Sproles is droppable outside of the deepest of PPR leagues. The Eagles will continue to go with Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement in the backfield.
Eagles RB Corey Clement (quad) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He should serve as Philly’s lead back, with Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams also mixing in. We’re expecting 12-15 touches for Clement, making him a fine RB2 play.
Eagles RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Doug Pederson labeled Ajayi "day to day" prior to practice, so it sounds like he has a shot to play against the Colts this weekend. We'll have another update tomorrow. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and rookie Josh Adams and Philly's healthy RBs right now.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank says Eagles OC Mike Groh "indicated" that RB Jay Ajayi will miss Sunday's game against the Colts. It's unclear exactly what Groh said, but the news is surprising considering Ajayi returned to last weekend's game after exiting early with a back issue. It's worth noting that Philly promoted rookie RB Josh Adams from the practice squad on Tuesday. We'll monitor Ajayi's practice participation this week.
Undrafted free agent RB Josh Adams signed with the Eagles. After sharing the backfield during his first 2 seasons at Notre Dame, Adams broke out as the Irish’s lead back this past year. He carried 206 times for 1,430 yards (6.9 YPC) and 9 scores. Adams averaged a whopping 5.2 yards after contact per attempt — easily the best among draft-eligible backs — and earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best Elusive Rating. The 6’2, 213-pounder showed well in the pre-draft process, earning a 64th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t love the tape, though. Adams is a straight-line, somewhat stiff runner who needs a wide alley to really get going. He also comes with a worrisome injury history that includes a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in high school and nagging knee and ankle trouble throughout his time at Notre Dame. There’s some committee-back potential here, although going undrafted certainly puts a damper on his fantasy football outlook. Adams is a long shot for 2018 fantasy value in a crowded Eagles backfield. But note that RB Jay Ajayi is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Eagles announced Saturday that they have agree to terms with RB Darren Sproles for 2018. Sproles missed the final 13 games last season after suffering a broken arm and torn ACL on the same play. He'll rejoin a backfield that now includes Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Donnell Pumphrey. The 2017 rookie, Pumphrey, looks like the worst bet to stick on the 2018 roster after a wholly disappointing debut. Smallwood's roster spot could be challenged as well, given that Philly also added RB Josh Adams as an undrafted free agent. Sproles' return also challenges the target availability for Clement. Overall, the Eagles backfield looks like a committee again, with Ajayi headed for primary ball-carrying duties, Sproles the best bet to lead the group in targets and the rest of the touches likely spread around liberally.