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Sproles out indefinitely after hand surgery

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New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles won't play Monday night against Philadelphia after undergoing surgery on a broken hand and could be out longer, interim coach Joe Vitt announced Friday.

The Times-Picayune reported that Vitt wasn't clear on the length of Sproles' recovery, saying he will be examined next week.

The Saints have used the multitalented Sproles primarily as a receiver. He has 39 receptions for for 323 yards and four touchdowns in addition to 117 rushing yards.

Sproles' injury leaves Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram to pick up the slack in the backfield.

"We've got pretty good running backs around here and that's part of the National Football League -- injuries," Vitt told The Times-Picayune. "It's the next man up, and we're going to miss Darren Sproles, but this is going to be a great opportunity for some of our other running backs to get some reps and show what they can do."
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