Thursday practice is key for several injured New Orleans Saints players


September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during introductions before a game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Today’s practice will be very relevant for several players that could help the New Orleans Saints as they prepare to travel to face the Oakland Raiders.

Running back Darren Sproles will be evaluated further today to see if he will be able to play.  He practiced yesterday on a limited basis and interim head coach Joe Vitt said that he looked “dynamite.”

Three players that didn’t practice were offensive tackle Zach Strief(groin), defensive end Junior Galette(ankle), and cornerback Corey White(knee).  White is the most recent injury that occurred against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Strief and Galette missed the Falcons game and Charles Brown filled in for him while defensive end Turk McBride took Galette’s turn in the rotation.  Both players did an adequate job with major points going to Brown for holding down the position for Strief.

White reportedly didn’t require surgery and his status for the Raiders game is questionable at best right now.  Chances are if White doesn’t practice today then he’ll definitely be out for Sunday.  Cornerback Johnny Patrick would likely take his spot with cornerback Elbert Mack being activated.

The same will hold true for Strief and Galette as well since the Saints will be set to leave out this weekend.  If they can’t go then look for Brown and McBride to be lined back up at their respective spots.