Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas good options for Week 7
Interim coach Joe Vitt revealed the injury after Monday’s practice, though he wouldn’t say which hand was hurt. Sources says it’s Sproles’ upper left hand near the wrist. 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. We will miss Darren Sproles, but this is going to be a great opportunity for some of our other running backs to receive some more reps and show what they can do.” The greater concern is who will take over the returns.
Sproles to make appearance at Olathe North Youth Football Camp
(Photo: Jeremy Brevard, US Presswire) Tags Darren Sproles The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the fourth-ranked run defense in the league. They’ve allowed 75.0 rushing yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry (tops). Fortunately for the owners of Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, the Bucs have had a lot of trouble covering anyone in the passing game — and that includes backs. Players at the position have averaged 6.4 receptions and 46.7 receiving yards in five games against Tampa Bay. In five games, Sproles has attempted only 17 rushes (5.4 yards per carry), but he (not surprisingly) has 28 catches for 235 yards and a couple of TDs. Thomas has run it 37 times (4.9 yards per carry) and has tacked on 13 receptions for 139 yards. The New Orleans Saints like to deploy him on screen passes on occasion. Several high-end RBs are off in Week 7, so Sproles could even end up fitting the bill as an RB1 in PPR leagues, although you’re obviously in better shape if he’s your RB2 in this situation. The PT Cruiser could be an above-average bye-week substitute, too.
Darren Sproles Injury: Updates on Saints Star’s Hand
Mike Triplett (@TripTP) November 14, 2012 The Saints will be looking for their third win in a row against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. —End of Update— UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 10:49 a.m. ET Great news for Saints fans and fantasy owners as Darren Sproles (hand) could be back sooner than initially reported following his surgery, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen . Darren Sproles could miss just 1-2 games with his broken hand that had surgery according to sources. —End of Update— UPDATE: Saturday, November 3 at 4:44 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter , New Orleans will be without Sproles for at least a few games: Darren Sproles’ recovery from hand surgery expected to be 4 to 6 weeks, team sources say, though there is some optimism for earlier return. Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2012 Optimism about an earlier return is potentially good news, but this damages the Saints’ attack nonetheless. Stay tuned for more updates. —End of Update— The official Twitter account of the Saints released the news that Sproles will not play in Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles .
That certainly qualifies. But it was overshadowed, at least in historical terms, by a horrific outing from Royals starter Wade Davis, who set what appears to be a major-league record for the most pitches thrown while recording three or fewer outs. Royals part ways with Francoeur The Royals designated veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment Saturday and recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Class AAA Omaha. Giavotella is expected to get an extended look as the Authentic Darren Sproles Saints Jersey clubs second baseman beginning with Sundays series finale against the Twins at Target Field.