The New Orleans Saints will be down a key playmaker for at least one preseason game, as running back and return specialist Darren Sproles injured his knee against the Patriots, and won't play in New Orleans' upcoming game against Jacksonville:
Darren Sproles injured his knee during Patriots game. Vitt said Sproles will likely miss Jaguars game.— Larry Holder (@Larry_Holder) August 13, 2012
The extent and nature of the injury is unknown at this time. Upon joining the Saints last season, Sproles appeared in all 18 games for New Orleans in 2011 as a hybrid running back and receiver, earning a combined 1,313 yards rushing and receiving, as well serving as both a punt and kickoff returner for the team.
Since being drafted by San Diego in 2005, Sproles has appeared in at least 15 games a season in six years.