Kristian@wwl.com - Questionable return: Saints RB Darren Sproles has been practiced every day this week, but the Saints officially listed him as questionable for Sunday’s week 11 match up with the Raiders.
"“There is some swelling in the (left) hand, so we’ll monitor that and see where that takes us,” Coach Joe Vitt explained.
I caught up with Sproles in the locker room and he told me he’s ready to play but the decision is not his to make. "Whatever the doctors tell me, they have the final decision," he said.
Wide Receiver Courtney Roby (shoulder) is listed as probable against the Raiders.. OT Zach Strief, DE Junior Galette and CB Corey White have been ruled out.
With White down for this game, that means Johnny Patrick will fill in for White in the nickel on defense. “We expect production. He is the next man up," Vitt said. "We expect from him, at his position, exactly what Charles Brown gave us a week ago. He has been here since day one of the install, he knows this defense and he has been in every meeting this week, so we expect production."
OCD Jimmy?: Some pro athletes are more superstitious than others. Tight End Jimmy Graham takes it to another level. In fact, the Saints pro-bowler admitted he has an "OCD" about gloves during a game. Graham wouldn’t elaborate exactly what he means, other than to tell me he brings 12 pair of gloves to every game, and he wears all of them throughout the game. Strange? Yeah, just a little, but if it works, stay with it.
Graham also told me he’s as healthy as he’s been all season, and that’s a big reason we’ve seen his production skyrocket over the last few weeks. He’s been hobbled by an ankle problem and other little bumps and bruises nearly all season.