Anthony Olivetti

Saints RB Darren Sproles Suffers A Concussion

Created on Nov. 04, 2013 12:00 AM EST

It was bad enough that the New Orleans Saints entered Week 9 without Marques Colston. It got much worse on their very first possession when speedster Darren Sproles exited the game with a concussion.

Sproles obviously did not return. He suffered the concussion on a two-yard reception that ended with him being lit up by Antonio Allen.

“That’s tough, because obviously he’s a big part of the game plan,” said Drew Brees. “So, for his first play out there for that to happen, that was a tough loss, but I felt like the other running backs stepped up and did a great job in his absence.”

The Saints ultimately lost the game 26-20, and while it’s not a sure thing that they would have won with Sproles, he certainly adds another dimension to their already dominant offense. It’s a major blow as Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram can’t even come close to filling Sproles’ role.

“You lose part of your plan,” said coach Sean Payton. “(Travaris) Cadet is a player that’s pretty familiar with some of his role. But that early, it happens. It’s happened to us before. It happens to other teams. You just have to be able to adjust to it and make some adjustments.”

His availability all depends on passing the league-mandated concussion tests. If he can’t go, Thomas becomes an attractive fantasy play for desperate owners. The Saints play in the Sunday Night game next week.

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