The Saints’ newest offensive weapon has been a longtime nemesis for the Colts. Sproles had two breakout playoff performances against the Colts as a replacement starter at tailback for the San Diego Chargers in 2008 and 2009. And in 2007, Sproles returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in the same game against the Colts.
This season, his first with New Orleans, he’s tied for second in the NFL with 39 receptions, is averaging 7.4 yards per carry, and is as explosive as ever in the return game – and more versatile than Reggie Bush.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, ankle (P): Graham developed some ankle soreness after Wednesday practice and was held out Thursday as a result. He was back at it Friday though, putting in a limited practice. The Saints list him at probable, though, letting us know we should not be concerned about his status.
His job now is a bit easier than two years ago, the last time Greer and the Saints prepared for the Colts, who they play tonight in a nationally televised affair in the Superdome. Peyton Manning was around then, giving Greer and the Saints defense headaches in preparing for an offense that only Manning can run.