Oct. 21, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) walks off the field after the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Report: Darren Sproles Could Miss Up To 8 Weeks With Hand Injury


It was announced earlier Friday that New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles would be out indefinitely following a hand injury that required surgery. Sproles had the surgery last week to repair his broken hand.

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,” Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said.

In Sproles absence, the Saints are expected to use either power back Chris Ivory or rookie rusher Travaris Cadet, who is more similar to the style of Sproles. It it is Cadet’s number that is called, he is ready to step into action and give his team a boost on the offensive side of the ball.

“Nobody wishes injuries on anybody,” Cadet said. “But if my number is called, I’m here to step up and help the team. I’m trying to get better, trying to learn,” he said. “This is my first year, so I’m still learning the plays, learning the schemes.”

There is no current timetable for Sproles return but recovery time time for his injury could take up to eight weeks.

“When you can’t play in a game, you’re disappointed,” Vitt said. “He’s extremely accountable to his teammates. He’s a big part about what we do around here and he’s one of those guys that live for Sunday. It’s disappointing.”

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