Darren Sproles Injury: Updates on Saints Star's Hand

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

Things just keep getting worse for the New Orleans Saints and their miserable 2012 season. The latest issue is an injury to running back Darren Sproles.


UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:42 p.m. by Brian Mazique

William Del Pilar of KFFL.com tweets that Jay Glazer has reported Darren Sproles will play with a cast on his hand.

Per FOXSports Jay Glazer - Darren Sproles active but w/big cast on hand. #fantasyfootball

— William Del Pilar (@wdelpilar) November 25, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:35 p.m. by Matt Fitzgerald

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com has the official word on Sproles, who has been deactivated as expected for Sunday's game against the Raiders:

All of the #Saints inactives: Sproles, Shanle, Camarillo, T.Walker, Strief, White and Galette

— Mike Triplett (@TripTP) November 18, 2012

The explosive running back was very close to returning this week, raising optimism that he could come back next Sunday. New Orleans has won four of their past five games, and shouldn't find points hard to come by in the Black Hole facing a recently horrible Oakland defense.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 12:50 p.m. ET

Contrary to what's been reported throughout the week, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Darren Sproles is expected to be declared inactive this afternoon.

Darren Sproles, barring a very surprising, sudden change in thinking, will be DEACTIVATED later today to give that wrist one more wk to rest

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 1:47 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

Earlier reports that Saints RB Darren Sproles has healed enough from hand surgery to play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders were a bit premature, according to the Saints themselves:

Vitt said Sproles (Hand) is Questionable for Sunday

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 16, 2012

It's not the greatest news in the world for Saints fans and those who own the dynamic running back in fantasy leagues, but "questionable" is a lot better than "ruled out."

Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram have all contributed in Sproles absence and could continue to do so against a Raiders' defense that ranks 21st against the run, allowing 119 rushing yards per game.

Holding Sproles out this week may be the best thing for the Saints—and Sproles—for the rest of the season, though it's obvious that the team is still debating which way to go with him.

Keep checking with B/R for the latest updates on Sproles as we get closer to kickoff.

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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.

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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. Listed as limited but Coach Joe Vitt said he was full-go in shells and looked good.

— Mike Triplett (@TripTP) November 14, 2012


More on #Saints Sproles. Team didnt hit in practice, but he caught the ball and ran the ball well, according to Coach Joe Vitt.

— Mike Triplett (@TripTP) November 14, 2012

The Saints will be looking for their third win in a row against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. 

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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.

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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.


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The official Twitter account of the Saints released the news that Sproles will not play in Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vitt said RB Darren Sproles & WR Courtney Roby will both not play in the game Monday night due to injury

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 2, 2012

He suffered a broken hand last week against the Denver Broncos, and his return date is unknown.

This is a blow to the hopes that New Orleans could pull itself out of its current hole in the standings toward a potential playoff berth. Sproles is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and one of the major reasons for the offensive success over the last two years.

While his stats as a rusher have gone down this year compared to last season, he's on pace for a repeat performance in his receiving numbers, finishing with 86 catches for 710 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.

Sproles is currently one reception behind Marques Colston for the team lead of 40, and he is fifth in the NFL with 262 yards after the catch.

Without the 5'6" running back, interim head coach Joe Vitt will have to transform much of the offense. There is no true replacement for Sproles, meaning the team will have to move to more traditional sets.

This is good news for Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, who should both get more rushing attempts this week. Neither one should be trusted in a fantasy starting lineup yet, but they have moved closer to fantasy relevance. 

In addition, receivers will start running shorter routes to make sure there is a safety net when Drew Brees gets into trouble.

The Saints are currently 2-5 and fading fast. If the team has any chance of making an improbable push toward the playoff race, it needs Sproles to return quickly.

Check back for future updates on the running back.



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