Return of RB Darren Sproles to Saints will up the running game


Oct 28 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs for a touchdown on this play early in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

It’s not guaranteed yet but New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles could have a slim chance of playing against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.  If he does, the possibilities could be endless for the the Saints run game that has seen some life recently.

Sproles practiced on a limited basis yesterday in non-contact drills to test his left hand that required surgery.  The absence of Sproles meant that running back Chris Ivory has gotten a chance to show he’s still valuable to the team after not taking any snaps until two weeks ago.

The return of Sproles could mean that Ivory could see less carries or maybe hit the bench again, the Saints would be ill-advised to do that.  Having four backs in the rotation would mean that the run game could only have more options.

While Sproles is dynamic in both the return game and in the backfield, teams have watched plenty of tape from last year and caught on how the Saints most utilize him.  The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs simply knew to double him when they faced the Black and Gold.

Of course if Sproles is not completely healthy then the Saints will go with their latest three-headed monster of Ivory, Mark Ingram, and Pierre Thomas.  But if he is able to take some carries then the Saints running game will help open up avenues for quarterback Drew Brees.