Darren Sproles expects to return

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles running back Darren Sproles told reporters Tuesday that he expects to play against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

"I'm good," Sproles said, according to NJ.com. "Today I felt good. I'll come out here and get another practice."

Sproles sprained his left medial collateral ligament during the Eagles' 27-0 victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 12. He had the bye week to rest it, then spent last week seeing limited action in practice. Sproles was inactive for the Eagles' loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said it was a game-time decision to rest Sproles for Sunday's loss in Arizona.

"[I feel] better than I did last week," Sproles said. "I did my first full practice, but I feel good."

In Sproles' absence, reserve running back Chris Polk saw his first playing time of the season Sunday while receiver Jeremy Maclin handled the punt return duties. Sproles could return to play in the offense while refraining from returning kicks.

In his first six games, the 31-year-old Sproles carried the ball 32 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 198 yards.

The news wasn't so good for starting right guard Todd Herremans, who suffered a torn biceps against the Cardinals, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Herremans wants to try to play this week, but his future for playing the rest of the season is up in the air as surgery has not been ruled out. If he can't play this week, guard-tackle Dennis Kelly would likely start in Herremans' place.

Starting center Jason Kelce (sports hernia) is expected to practice more this week and could play Sunday.

The Eagles have yet to have their projected starting five offensive linemen available for a game this season.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan contributed to this report.