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Darren Sproles questionable, will get full workload if he plays

Saints Broncos Football AP

The Saints have officially listed running back and return man Darren Sproles as questionable on their injury report for Sunday’s game at Oakland, but the Saints’ coaching staff sounds optimistic that he’ll be able to handle a full workload if swelling in his surgically repaired hand isn’t a problem.

Sproles, who has missed the last two games after breaking his hand, participated in practice today and still had some swelling. But Saints coach Joe Vitt said that if Sproles is able to play at all, he’ll be back to handling the team’s punt and kickoff returns.

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael also said that Sproles will get time on offense in the four-running back rotation with Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram, and that Carmichael is ready to call the plays that take advantage of the skills of all four running backs. According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Carmichael said he might end up featuring one running back over the others, but that would be a matter of riding the hot hand, not holding Sproles back because of his broken hand.

So despite talk when Sproles first got hurt that his injury could keep him out for four to six weeks, it appears that he’ll be back after missing just two weeks.

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7 Responses to “Darren Sproles questionable, will get full workload if he plays”
  1. usmutts says: Nov 16, 2012 2:26 PM

    You have to question the wisdom of having a player catch punts and kickoffs with a swollen hand recently surgically repaired. I sure hope this works out for them.

  2. sb44champs says: Nov 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    If Saints average over 100 rushing yds/game for the remainder of the season, then we will make the playoffs!!

  3. rickster8 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:04 PM

    The only way the Saints will average 100+ yards rushing per game this year is to keep giving the rock to Chris Ivory. That dude is a beast……

  4. cowboycjn says: Nov 16, 2012 3:19 PM

    Got to agree with you. Still can’t understand why they sat Ivory out the first 7 games. During pre-season all sortsw of hyp about the backs and running talent they had then games start and Ivory is benched and MI having trouble running for more than 2 yards per carry. Now they wake up -put Ivory in – he is all over the field carrying the ball and it sparks Mark to start hitting on all cylinders again. What took so long?

  5. rxv5854 says: Nov 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    I have AD and Lynch both on bye. Going with Ivory so gonna need Sproles to miss one more game.

  6. tiggerblood says: Nov 16, 2012 4:19 PM

    Give the ball to Ivory 15+ carries

  7. breakingb says: Nov 16, 2012 11:17 PM

    I’d personally like to see him sit out at least one more game for his own healing/safety, but I’m sure personal knows better.

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