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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

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Eagles Opponent Update: Sproles out

November 2, 2012, 9:00 pm

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Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg noticed the Eagles' offense was missing its usual swagger, but he feels his unit will regain that attitude on Monday night against the Saints (see story).

Safety Nate Allen sat out of Friday's practice with a left hamstring injury that he sustained in Thursday's practice (see story).

David Sims could start in Allen's place if he's unable to play.

Now, here's news on the Eagles' Monday night opponent: the New Orleans Saints.


Sproles, Roby ruled out for Monday
The Saints will be without jack-of-all trades running back Darren Sproles and receiver Courtney Roby Monday against the Eagles, according to the Times-Picayune.

Sproles is out indefinitely with a broken hand after undergoing surgery earlier this week. He has returned 14 kicks this season for 402 yards, and he's returned 10 punts for 66 yards. The speedy back has caught 39 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns and has 26 rushing attempts for 117 yards.

Running back Pierre Thomas will likely play a larger role against the Eagles.

Roby (shoulder) has just one catch for nine yards on the season.

Saints D prepping for 'explosive' offense
The Saints' defense has been historically bad this season. They are coming off a performance in which they allowed 530 yards to the Broncos. Their season total is now at 3,323 yards (474.7 per game).

Saints interim coach Joe Vitt is preparing the defense for what he describes as an 'explosive' Eagles offense, according to the Saints' official website.

"We’re getting ready defensively for an explosive and talented offensive unit," Vitt said. "They’ve got speed at the wide receivers, they’ve got a player at quarterback that can extend a down, and they’ve got an elite running back. So they have what we call a lot of reds on their team, Pro Bowl-type players."

Saints focused on Eagles pass rush
Although the Eagles' defensive line has not been able to get much pressure on the quarterback this season, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael acknowledges the athletic ability of the Eagles' pass rushers, according to the Saints' official website.

“I think the number one thing is you have to get the ball out fast," Carmichael said. "The three-step and five-step (drop) you have to avoid, the seven-step drops and holding the ball in the pocket. I think everybody is aware of their rushers. They’re a fast and athletic defense. Smart football is to get the ball out fast and help your tackles in protection as much as you can.”

The Eagles have just nine sacks through seven games this season after leading the league in 2011 with 50 sacks. Until last week against the Falcons, when they recorded two sacks, the Eagles had not sacked a quarterback since Week 3.