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
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)
01/26/17LBStephone AnthonyKneeQUESTIONABLEAnthony (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.

(Updated 12/20/2016)
01/26/17DBDelvin BreauxShoulderQUESTIONABLEBreaux (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.

(Updated 12/23/2016)
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)
01/26/17LBHau'oli KikahaKneeQUESTIONABLEKikaha (knee) was present for the beginning of the Saints' offseason workout program Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks, and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.

(Updated 04/17/2017)
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)
01/26/17DLD.J. PettwayUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEPettway spent the 2016 season on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Pettway started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately waived and placed on injured reserve. Having cleared waivers, he will look to compete for a roster spot with the Saints during the 2017 preseason.

(Updated 01/26/2017)
01/26/17DBJimmy PruittKneeQUESTIONABLEPruitt (knee) was placed on IR Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Pruitt was waived/injured Tuesday, but the team announced that he will be placed on IR after clearing waivers Wednesday. In his absence, De'Vante Harris and Cortland Finnegan are likely to see an increase in playing time.

(Updated 08/31/2016)
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 is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Thursday, NOLA.com reports.

Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.

(Updated 01/02/2017)
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)
08/24/16WRVincent BrownCalfQUESTIONABLEThe Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.

(Updated 07/30/2016)
 

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