New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to a broken hand.
Sproles has already undergone surgery to fix the fracture.
A vital piece of the Saints offense, the diminutive Kansas State product set an NFL record in all-purpose yards last season. He's second on the team with 39 catches and has totaled 323 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while also tallying 117 yards rushing on 26 carries.
hiladelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, making his way back from a career-threatening brain condition, is expected to make his season debut Monday after being activated from the non- football injury list by the team.
Patterson underwent a procedure in January to repair an arteriovenous malformation in his brain that caused him to suffer a seizure in training camp during August of 2011. He was cleared to resume practicing last week and will be in uniform when the Eagles visit New Orleans on Monday.
"I'll be ready and expect that they'll call my number," Patterson said on Saturday.
Patterson, the longest-tenured member of the Eagles, did compete in 15 games last season despite experiencing convulsions and losing consciousness during a camp practice that summer. He finished the year with 66 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
The 29-year-old was initially expected to be healed from his surgery in time for the start of this year's camp, but the surgeon who performed the procedure decided to push the timetable back after reviewing a CT scan in July.
Patterson's return would be welcomed by the Eagles, since starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is questionable to play Monday due to a knee injury.
|S||Nate Allen||Hamstring||Not Listed||DNP||DNP||Questionable|
|Limited Participation (LP)=less than 100% of a player's normal reps||Bold indicates change in status|
|Full Participation (FP)=100% of a player's normal reps||Doubtful=at least 75% chance will not play|
|Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)||Questionable-50-50 chance will not play|
|Probable-virtual certainty will be available for normal duty|
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