Saints’ Sproles, Jets’ Kerley leave with injuries
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Orleans running back Darren Sproles left the Saints’ 26-20 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday with a concussion and didn’t return.
Sproles headed to the locker room early in the first quarter, and the Saints announced he was out for the rest of the game shortly before halftime.
It was unclear when the injury occurred, but Sproles had a 2-yard catch and was hit hard by Antonio Allen before leaving. He was replaced by Travaris Cadet on kickoff returns, and Lance Moore on punt returns.
“What it does is it eliminates a handful of your plan that he’s going to be involved in,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “You just have to quickly be able to say, ‘All right, here’s what we’re going to get to, and here’s how much we’d like to do with Cadet that we might normally have done with Darren.’”
The versatile Sproles came into the game with 36 receptions, tying him with Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles for the second-most among NFL running backs, four behind San Diego’s Danny Woodhead.
New York also lost a key player on offense when wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was knocked out of the game with an elbow injury in the second quarter.
Kerley, the team’s leading receiver, appeared to be hurt when he was on the ground after a running play. New Orleans’ David Hawthorne hit Kerley’s left arm, which rolled awkwardly under the linebacker’s shoulder. Kerley immediately grabbed at his arm, was checked by trainers on the sideline and then headed to the locker room.
Allen left in the third quarter with a possible head injury, and linebacker Garrett McIntyre also didn’t return after leaving with a knee injury. Jets linebacker Calvin Pace left the game late, but said he was just “banged up” and was fine.
New York coach Rex Ryan had no immediate updates on the severity of the ailments, but said his team had to “overcome some tough injuries” to beat the Saints.
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