Sproles, Evans sit out Saints practice

METAIRIE, La. – Running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) were held out of practice Tuesday for the New Orleans Saints as they quickly got back to work ahead of their Thursday night game at the Atlanta Falcons.

Ten other players were limited in practice: tight ends Jimmy Graham (elbow/foot) and Benjamin Watson (concussion); guard Ben Grubbs (neck); defensive linemen Cameron Jordan (ankle), Akiem Hicks (back) and Tyrunn Walker (knee); linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle); safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion); and cornerbacks Chris Carr (hip/back/hamstring) and Rod Sweeting (hip).

It’s tough to project whether any of those players are in jeopardy of missing the game, as the Saints are trying to take it easy on all of their ailments. Normally nobody practices on Tuesdays.

Sproles suffered the knee and ankle injuries during the first half of last Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But he returned to the game in a slightly limited role after being stretched out and taped up by trainers. Evans also left the field briefly to have his ankle taped during Sunday’s game but missed only four total snaps.

The Saints will hold another light practice on Wednesday before releasing the official injury statuses for Thursday’s game. Expect a handful of “questionables.”