Darren Sproles isn’t having the nicest of times in recent weeks.
The versatile running back suffered an injury on the first catch he made in the game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets. He was able to grab his first target for two yards but suffered a head hit as he collided with safety Antonio Allen.
As a result, Sproles had to leave the contest and was unable to return in a game the Saints ended up losing 26-20. This is a big blow for a player that already had a bad game last week where he was unable to make any difference against the Buffalo Bills.
Sproles isn’t the only one suffering with this situation where he won’t be able to play because this also creates an issue for quarterback Drew Brees. With Sproles out and Marques Colston also sidelined, rookie Kenny Stills and tight end Jimmy Graham will become Brees’ favorite options going forward as the Saints now will miss two proven pass-catchers for an undetermined period of time in a very pass-dependent offense.
The loss of the nine-year veteran might even impact the Saints’ situation in the standings. After today’s game against the Jets, the Saints still have a 6-2 record, but having such an important player out for a long period of time could cause troubles on the offense.
Sproles will now have to follow the NFL protocol before he’s able to play again. He will undergo several tests to determine how many weeks he’ll be out, but things don’t look good for the former Kansas State product.