Kruger missed his first game of the season in last week's win over the Panthers. He appears to be trending toward a true game-time decision Sunday. Kasim Edbali and Darryl Tapp will presumably see an increased workload if Kruger cannot suit up.
Kruger (back) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Kruger picked up the back injury in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Chargers, and the bye week apparently didn't provide him with enough time to recover. With Kruger out, the Saints will look to Kasim Edebali and Darryl Tapp to provide some pass rushing from the defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan.
Kruger is questionable to return to Sunday's game against San Diego after suffering a back injury, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune reports.
Kruger injured his back in the middle of the second half on Sunday. If he's unable to return look for Kasim Edebali to see some extra reps.
The 30-year-old Kruger was released by the Browns this week after three seasons. While he had 15.5 sacks his first two seasons in Cleveland, he managed just 2.5 sacks and 27 tackles last season. With head coach Sean Payton admitting that the Saints' pass rush has been less than impressive this preseason, the team clearly hopes that Kruger can add another dynamic playmaker alongside Cameron Jordan. Though he will not be simply handed a starting job, Kruger should see significant snaps for the Saints. If can can recapture some of his 2014 form, when he notched 53 tackles and 11 sacks, he could be an option in deeper IDP leagues.
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