As if the New Orleans Saints weren’t dealing with enough problems, now they’ll have to get by without one of the NFL’s most versatile players.
Running back and return specialist Darren Sproles underwent surgery for a broken hand and won’t be able to play Monday night when the Saints (2-5) take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Superdome.
Interim coach Joe Vitt revealed the injury after Monday’s practice, though he wouldn’t say which hand was hurt.
Sproles will be re-evaluated next week to determine if he can play against the Atlanta Falcons.
GIANTS-STEELERS: The game between Super Bowl champion New York and Pittsburgh on Sunday will be played despite transportation and power issues and growing concerns for weary and heartbroken residents displaced and devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday and Christie assured him that game would not divert any major resources from relief efforts.
LIONS: General manager Martin Mayhew says medical experts have recommended running back Jahvid Best not return to the field this season. Mayhew says it’s a disappointing decision, but one that is in Best’s long-term best interest.
Best hasn’t played in more than a year because of concussion problems.
DOLPHINS: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis, and coach Joe Philbin says there’s no timetable for a decision on whether he’ll play.
REDSKINS: Receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Carolina, while linebacker Perry Riley is questionable with a hamstring injury.
BRONCOS: Cornerback Tracy Porter is doubtful for the game Sunday at Cincinnati as doctors continue to regulate his medication to control seizures.