Sproles, Evans miss Saints practice again

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) were held out of practice again Wednesday. Both players are listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Falcons.

It’s difficult to predict whether either player will play. Both were able to return and finish the game after suffering injuries during last Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But the quick turnaround between games could affect their ability to recover.

Seven other Saints players were listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week: guard Ben Grubbs (neck), tight end Benjamin Watson (concussion), safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion), defensive linemen Akiem Hicks (back) and Tyrunn Walker (knee) and cornerbacks Chris Carr (hip/back/hamstring) and Rod Sweeting (hip).

Vaccaro and Watson were held out of last week’s game with their concussions. It’s unclear if they’ll be ready to return, though their limited participation in practice this week has been a good sign.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (foot/ankle), defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle) were listed as probable after practicing on a limited basis this week. All three players should be good to go Thursday night. They all played a high volume of snaps last week while recovering from the nagging injuries.

Guard Tim Lelito missed practice Wednesday for non-football reasons. He is listed as probable.