New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st108.9 (16th)317.1 (1st)
Defense27th101.6 (14th)273.8 (32nd)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
06/26/17DLNick FairleyIllnessOUTFairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.

(Updated 06/26/2017)
06/13/17LBDannell EllerbeFootQUESTIONABLEEllerbe is dealing with a foot injury which forced him to miss OTAs last week, but it doesn't appear to be long-term, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

The linebacker is expected to return for training camp, so look for more updates to come during that time.

(Updated 06/13/2017)
06/13/17LBHau'oli KikahaKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEKikaha (knee) is aiming to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago but is inching closer and closer to taking the field once again. Look for more updates to come when training camp nears, as the defensive lineman will likely remain doing limited repetitions for the remainder of minicamp.

(Updated 06/13/2017)
06/08/17DBVonn BellWristQUESTIONABLEBell (wrist) returned to practice for Thursday's OTA session, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Bell was held out of the entirety of last week's OTAs, but his wrist injury was never considered serious. He should be good to go moving forward, and after posting 87 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles across 16 games (14 starts) during his rookie season, Bell should be back in a similar role with the top unit.

(Updated 06/08/2017)
02/02/17TEJosh HillLower LegQUESTIONABLEHill (leg) was present at the Saints' training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved.

In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.

(Updated 04/20/2017)
01/26/17DBKen CrawleyKneecapQUESTIONABLECrawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.

(Updated 12/31/2016)
01/26/17DLObum GwachamUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEGwacham has generated some buzz this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, and with Hau'oli Kikaha suffering a potentially season-ending knee injury, Gwacham is a candidate to replace him as a starter at defensive end.

Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.

(Updated 06/10/2016)
01/26/17DBErik HarrisKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEHarris will participate in the Saints' offseason conditioning program, reports ESPN's Mike Triplett. He is also expected to be a full-go in time for training camp after tearing his ACL this past October.

Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.

(Updated 04/20/2017)
01/26/17DLMitchell LoewenFootQUESTIONABLELoewen spent the 2016 season on the non-football injury list due to a foot injury, Evan Woodbury of NOLA.com reports.

Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.

(Updated 01/26/2017)
01/26/17LBMichael MautiIllnessQUESTIONABLEMauti, who has dealt with ulcerative colitis since his senior year at Penn State, hopes to return in 2017 following three surgeries, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.

(Updated 04/02/2017)
01/26/17DBJamarca SanfordUndisclosedQUESTIONABLESanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.

Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.

(Updated 06/18/2016)
01/26/17DBDamian SwannUndisclosedQUESTIONABLESwann (undisclosed) was placed on season-ending IR Wednesday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.

(Updated 08/31/2016)
01/26/17DBKyle WilsonUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEThe Saints have placed Wilson (undisclosed) on IR, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.

(Updated 06/26/2016)
01/03/17DLTyeler DavisonShoulder - LabrumQUESTIONABLEDavison (shoulder) is expected to return by training camp, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.

Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.

(Updated 06/01/2017)
01/02/17DLSheldon RankinsAchillesQUESTIONABLERankins strained his Achilles in Sunday's loss to the Falcons but should be ready for offseason work, John Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.

(Updated 01/02/2017)
 

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