New Orleans Saints: Darren Sproles' Return Adds New Dimension To Offense

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Derick E Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees will likely have one of their preferred targets back in the lineup this Monday.

The New Orleans Saints released their injury report this weekend and running back Darren Sproles (ankle) appears as probable, meaning there’s a big chance he will return to the field in the contest against the Seattle Seahawks, although it remains to be seen whether he will have a limited snap count or not.

This is great news for the Saints as they will need all their offensive players at their best for the final stretch of the season where they will try to defend their divisional lead against the surging Carolina Panthers. Monday’s game against the Seahawks appears to be very important and having Sproles back will be huge for the team.

Sproles has been able to produce this season in a crowded backfield and has also emerged as a viable option in the passing game, something that was noticeable in the game against the Atlanta Falcons where he wasn’t able to participate. He has been sharing snaps with Pierre Thomas throughout the season, and Sproles’ return will push back Mark Ingram to the third-string RB role he has had all season long — at least while healthy.

While Sproles’ numbers aren’t mind blowing — four total TDs, hasn’t topped 30 yards rushing this season in one game and has surpassed the 80-yard mark through the air only two times – his importance is huge because he’s a sought-after target by Brees. He has been productive this season despite having limited yards to move and he will likely be heavily targeted against a tough defensive unit like the Seahawks.

Sproles’ return bodes well for the Saints’ chances this Monday and if he’s healthy, his ability to run and catch could be difficult to solve for the Seahawks’ secondary.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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