Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas good options for Week 7

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas good options for Week 7 Game On! 4:25 p.m. EDT October 15, 2012 In five games, Saints running back Darren Sproles has attempted only 17 rushes (5.4 yards per carry), but he has 28 catches for 235 yards and a couple of TDs. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard, US Presswire) Tags Darren Sproles The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the fourth-ranked run defense in the league.

Fantasy focus: Hand sidelines Sproles for Week 9, maybe more

Then in the offseason, he will go out on the field throwing in a park or at a high school performing like its a game-like situation. He is going through routes, the play fakes, and he is dropping back and moving in the pocket. Its almost like he is playing a game on the practice field. That is why he is so good every year. In Sproles first season as a Saint in 2011, he earned an NFL record 2,696 all-purpose yards. In 13 games with six starts in 2012, he carried 48 times for 244 yards (5.1 avg.) with one touchdown and had 75 receptions for 667 yards (8.9 avg.) with seven touchdowns, to lead NFL running backs in receiving. Tomlinson said nobody matches Sproles unique skill set in the NFL. I honestly dont think there is any area Darren needs to improve on, because he has proven that he can play all positions, said Tomlinson. He can line up wide, he can line up in the backfield and he can return kicks. He has gotten the best out of his abilities.

Saints RB Sproles out with hand injury

Depending on the function he regains and his level of pain tolerance, Sproles could return in Week 10; it’s a possibility, if not a probability. For Sproles, the complicating factor is that he primarily catches passes rather than takes hand-offs. If he has any limitations, it will harder for the Saints to adjust, as there is simply no way to get Sproles in space between the tackles. With Sproles out, the Saints will shift some of the workload to one of their three running backs: Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory. Ivory might gain the most touches, but he is clearly not going to be able to take the plays and role that Sproles did. Drew Brees will likely shift many of those targets around to his receivers and tight ends.

Darren Sproles Injury: Updates on Saints Star’s Hand


Tom DiPace/Sports Illustrated METAIRIE, La. (AP) — As if the New Orleans Saints weren’t dealing with enough problems, now they’ll have to get by without one of the NFL’s most versatile players. Running back and return specialist Darren Sproles underwent surgery for a broken hand and won’t be able to play Monday night when the Saints (2-5) take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Superdome. Interim coach Joe Vitt revealed the injury after Monday’s practice, though he wouldn’t say which hand was hurt. Sproles will be re-evaluated next week to determine if he can play against the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons . Sproles set an NFL record with 2,696 all-purpose yards last season and is a vital part of the Saints’ offense and special teams. He ranks second on the team in receiving (39 receptions, 323 yards, four touchdowns), third in rushing (26 carries, 117 yards) and handles both kickoffs (averaging 28.7 yards per return) and punts (a 6.6-yard average). “We have pretty good running backs around here and this is part of the National Football League with injuries,” Vitt said. “It’s next man up.

LaDainian Tomlinson Says Drew Brees and Darren Sproles Share the Same Relentless Work Ethic

—End of Update— UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 9:34 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine The New Orleans Saints will have Darren Sproles at their disposal if they choose to utilize him. According to Ed Werder of ESPN , Sproles is among the four backs that are expected to be active for the Saints on Sunday. RB Darren Sproles healthy enough to play if Saints decide to use him vs. Raiders and other three backs also likely to be active #saints Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 16, 2012 This is great news for the Saints, but not great news for fantasy owners. Sproles will be available but by the tone of Werder’s reporting, it’s difficult to project what kind of workload Sproles will see. If the Saints can win without him, it sounds like they will try to do that. —End of Update— UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 3 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos Darren Sproles prospects of returning to the field this weekend look bright. Mike Triplett of The New Orleans Times-Pacyune reported the following on Sproles’ condition via Twitter. #Saints RB Darren Sproles returned to practice today.


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