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By Tim McManus | ESPN
PHILADELPHIA -- A setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury kept Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles out of his team's first matchup with the New Orleans Saints, and he was hot about it.
“We texted when they were down there in the Dome when they got blown out. He was pissed,” said trainer Todd Durkin of the Eagles’ 48-7 loss in New Orleans in Week 11. “It drove him nuts not playing.”
The Saints are Sproles’ old team, so naturally there’s going to be some extra emotion attached to a game like that. But to fully understand why Sproles’ competitive juices were in overdrive, and why they’ll be bubbling over when the Eagles and Saints square off in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday (4:40 p.m. ET), you have to understand his relationship with quarterback Drew Brees.
They're good friends and longtime sparring partners who have been trying to outduel each other for more than a decade. Every offseason for the past 11 years, Sproles and Brees have paired up at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego for training sessions that have become the stuff of legend. ...
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