Sproles Role Growing w/ L.T.’s Injury

From: Pro Football Weekly

With star RB LaDainian Tomlinson dealing with a lingering toe injury, you’d think the Chargers would be worried about their running game suffering if he is forced to miss time. But after watching RB Darren Sproles run wild on the Broncos in Week Two, we hear that the team is very confident in its backup if he’s needed to take on a larger role. The diminutive Sproles had 317 all-purpose yards at Denver, including a 66-yard TD catch and a 103-yard kickoff return for a score. Tomlinson, meanwhile, accounted for just 40 yards in the loss.

Sproles, in his fourth year, has incredible speed and elusiveness that makes tackling him in the open field nearly impossible. The only things he lacks is ideal size — he’s just 5-6, 181 pounds — thereby limiting the team’s play-calling when he’s in the game. The Chargers obviously don’t want to lose L.T., but at least Sproles gives them a very capable replacement.


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