Tackle Terron Armstead is the lone injured player on the inactive list released by the Saints for their Week 17 game against Tampa Bay. He is dealing with a neck issue that prevented him from practicing all week. The healthy scratches are wide receiversSeantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, linebackers Jerry Franklin and Moise Fokou and safety Kenny Vaccaro. The inclusion of the embattled Vaccaro is not a good sign for the 2013 first-round pick.
The Saints have placed running back Pierre Thomas and defensive end Akiem Hicks on injured reserve and promoted Jerry Franklin and Brandon Coleman from their practice squad. Thomas played a limited role in Week 16 against the Falcons, catching just two passes for 24 yards, before injuring his ribs and leaving the game. He finishes the year with 45 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Chiefs activated inside linebacker Joe Mays from injured reserve Saturday and waived linebacker Jerry Franklin, the team announced. Mays was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return in early September after undergoing wrist surgery during the preseason. His return will give a boost to the inside of the defense, as the Chiefs have had to roll with Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson inside after expecting to have Mays and Derrick Johnson at the inside linebacker positions.
Every designation but doubtful is represented on a rather lengthy injury report submitted by the Chiefs for their Sunday game against Buffalo. Those ruled out are wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin), defensive back Jamell Fleming (hamstring) and linebacker Jerry Franklin (hamstring). Among the questionables are cornerbacks Chris Owens (knee) and Phillip Gaines (ankle/quad) and linebacker Josh Martin (hamstring/knee). The probables are safety Eric Berry (ankle), running back Cyrus Gray (hand), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), wideout Junior Hemingway (hamstring), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin).
The Chiefs placed linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles) and defensive end Mike DeVito (Achilles) on injured reserve and waived defensive back Daniel Sorenson. Kansas City elevated linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad.