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Darren Sproles back at practice for the Eagles

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11/7/2018 2:24:03 PM
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Darren Sproles returned to practice Wednesday for the Philadelphia Eagles after missing seven games because of a hamstring injury, the Associated Press reports.

The veteran running back is expected to play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, according to coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles have the NFL's 18th-ranked rushing offense after finishing third last season when they won the Super Bowl. They lost starter Jay Ajayi to a season-ending knee injury last month.

Wendell Smallwood leads the team with 257 yards rushing and has a 4.3 average per carry. Corey Clement has 167 yards but only a 3.3 average. Undrafted rookie Josh Adams had a breakout game in a win over Jacksonville in London, running for 61 yards on nine carries.

"We've got to make sure as this week goes that he's healthy 100 percent and that he feels great," Pederson said of Sproles. "Again, we're going to just mix him in. I think we're a different team from Week 1 to now. Obviously, we don't have Jay, but Corey has done a great job, Wendell, and now the emergence of Josh. He's kind of stepped up his game and he's played well, particularly this last game, and now we get Darren back.

"I can't tell you that we're going to feature Darren. I can't tell you that we're going to feature Josh or any of those guys, but Darren is going to be a big part of the game."

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