K-State Football: Could Darren Sproles injury end his NFL career

Darren Sproles #43 of K-State Football (Photo by Elsa /Getty Images)
Darren Sproles #43 of K-State Football (Photo by Elsa /Getty Images) /

Legendary former K-State football running back and current Philadelphia Eagle Darren Sproles suffered a freak double injury on Sunday against the New York Giants. With Sproles turning 34 this June, the question is… Is this the end?

In a rarity for the NFL, K-State alum Darren Sproles suffered both a torn ACL and a broken arm on the same play. The play started out innocently enough, a sweep style play we’ve seen Sproles run a thousand times before.

However, it actually looked like he may have hurt his knee before anyone hit him and while trying to give up another player hit his arm and added injury to injury.

Sproles has already been placed on injured reserve by the Philadelphia Eagles. Surgery has come quickly, according to Adam Schefter with ESPN (tweet below).

I speak for K-State and non K-State fans alike when I say that people love Darren Sproles. Standing barely five foot six, the running back is in his 12th season (he missed another one due to injury) for his third team. Not only that, he’s an inspiration for many, as evidenced by this SB Nation article here and has been highlighted by the The Stuttering Foundation.

For Kansas State fans, Spoles holds an even dearer place in their hearts. He’s the all-time leading rusher by almost 2000 yards and second in touchdowns behind Collin Klein. Finally, he’s best remembered for multiple plays with my favorite being the 2003 Big12 championship game.

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Sproles spent the first five years of his career with the San Diego Chargers after they chose him in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. After that, he signed with the Saints and spent three seasons in the Big Easy before heading to Philadelphia, where he’s played since 2014.

A looming question remains. Is this end of Darren Sproles’ NFL career? I must admit it, when I heard the injury news, I assumed it was. Sproles has overcome every hurdle so far in his life, but at 34, ACL tears are game-changers for running backs. Nobody likes writing him off, but the career has to be nearing the end, right?.

It appears Darren Sproles may have different plans.

I know I join the growing army of Sproles’ fans when I say I hope this is true. Football is a better game with Sproles breaking down barriers and doing things nobody expected. Let’s hope the comeback will be real.