RB Darren Sproles, an electrifying pint-size star of Saints' offense, has a fractured bone in his hand and will have surgery to repair it. Sproles will miss the Monday Night tilt against the Eagles and will likely be week-to-week past that.
Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt refused to say which hand, to prevent of opponents from targeting the injury when Sproles does return.
So far this season, Sproles is the team's third leading rusher with 117 yards on 26 carries, and the team's third-leading receiver with 323 yards on 39 receptions including four touchdowns. He has also been the Saints' primary punt and kickoff returner, so the Saints will have to replace him at multiple positions.
Lightning-quick number 43 has 720 rushing yards and 1033 receiving yards in 23 regular season games as Saint, averaging 6.4 yards per carry since joining the Saints shortly before the 2011 season. Sproles also has 360 punt return yards and 1491 kickoff return yards as a Saint, and last year set the new NFL historical mark with 2696 all-purpose yards.
The Saints have two of the top three all-time all-purpose single-season yardage records, Sproles with 2696 and WR/KR Michael Lewis with 2647 in 2002, good enough for third overall.