Saints RB Darren Sproles out vs. Eagles after hand surgery

November 2, 2012

Darren Sproles has a broken hand. (Jack Dempsey / AP)

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to a hand fracture that required surgery.

Saints interim coach Joe Vitt did not offer a clear time table for Sproles’ return but said the speedy, sure-handed back will be re-evaluated next week, as reported by Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Vitt also declined to reveal which hand Sproles had injured, saying only “whatever hand you put down, you have a 50-50 chance of being right.”

The New Orleans run game has been virtually non-existent at times this season, often because Drew Brees and company are playing from behind. Sproles has only 26 carries on the season but is second on the team with 39 receptions and total offensive yardage (440). He also remains a threat on kick returns.

Starter Pierre Thomas will continue to lead the way on Monday with disappointing second-round back Mark Ingram getting his usual 3-7 carries. Chris Ivory could also see action for the first time this season, Triplett reports. Thomas is a capable pass-catcher, but none of the three backs offer the versatility Sproles provides, meaning Brees could rely more heavily on tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Lance Moore.

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Matt Brooks · November 2, 2012