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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd78.0 (29th)335.4 (1st)
Defense31st117.8 (26th)301.6 (31st)
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50Anthony, Stephone OLB6-32457/28/19922Clemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19914Arkansas-Pine Bluff
48Bell, Vonn FS5-1120512/12/1994ROhio State
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19892Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197916Purdue
31Byrd, Jairus FS5-1020310/7/19868Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19895Appalachian State
5Callahan, Joe QB6-12166/4/1993RWesley College
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19922Rutgers
10Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19933Oregon State
46Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/1993RColorado
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19922Fresno State
20Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19903Northwest Missouri State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19887Colorado
91Edebali, Kasim DE6-22538/17/19893Boston College
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19858Georgia
73Evans, Jahri G6-43188/22/198311Bloomsburg
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19886Auburn
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19885Stanford
41Harper, Roman SS6-120512/11/198211Alabama
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/1994RTexas A&M
34Hightower, Tim RB6-02205/23/19866Richmond
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19904Idaho State
76Hills, Tony T6-530411/4/19848Texas
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19896Alabama
92Jenkins, John DT6-33597/11/19894Georgia
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19896California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19904Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19922Washington
99Kruger, Paul DE6-42702/15/19868Utah
29Kuhn, John FB6-02509/9/198211Shippensburg
19Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/1993RFerris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-020510/9/1992RCalifornia
53Laurinaitis, James ILB6-224812/3/19868Ohio State
68Lelito, Tim G6-43157/21/19894Grand Valley State
87Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/1992RNorthern Illinois
 Loewen, Mitchell DE6-5275//RArkansas
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/1994RGeorgia State
56Mauti, Michael OLB6-22431/19/19904Penn State
7McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198113Louisiana Tech
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19906Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19868Southern Methodist
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19912Missouri
93Onyemata, David DT6-330011/13/1992RManitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus T6-731611/4/19932Stanford
99Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/1994RLouisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19885North Texas
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19922Ball State
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198311Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate ILB6-22403/14/19884Penn State
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198411Virginia Tech
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/1993ROhio State
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/1993RNorth Carolina
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19868Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19914Texas
28Webb, B.W. CB5-111905/3/19904William & Mary
67Young, Avery T6-630511/12/1992RAuburn
Injured Players
86Brown, Vincent (IR) WR5-111901/25/19895San Diego State
58Gwacham, Obum (IR) DE6-52463/20/19912Oregon State
30Harris, Erik (IR) DB6-32254/2/19901California (PA)
84Hoomanawanui, Michael (IR) TE6-42657/4/19887Illinois
77Pettway, D.J. (IR) DE6-22709/19/1992RAlabama
43Pruitt, Jimmy (IR) CB6-020311/28/1992RSan Jose State
33Sanford, Jamarca (IR) SS5-102008/27/19858Mississippi
27Swann, Damian (IR) CB6-018912/4/19922Georgia
25Williams, P.J. (IR) CB6-01966/1/19932Florida State
24Wilson, Kyle (IR) DB5-101909/8/19877Boise State
Practice Squad
66Allen, Jack C6-22969/24/1992RMichigan State
 Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/1992RMississippi State
79Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
 Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/1994RAir Force
 LaFrance, Royce DE6-32457/17/1993RTulane
 Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
 McCain, Chris LB6-523611/21/19913California
 Stoneburner, Jake TE6-32618/25/19893Ohio State
 Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/1994RBall State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4312.86-2288.826.72137
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Position Listing
Landon Turner
No Updates
Senio Kelemete
The Saints signed offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"

Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.

Tyeler Davison
Davison (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Davison figures to get the start at defensive tackle next to Nick Fairley after missing the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Brandin Cooks
Cooks secured seven of nine targets for 173 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for two yards on his sole carry in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Panthers.

The speedster got loose on an 87-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter that put the Saints up 14-0 at the time, and added six more catches to equal his season high in receptions. The performance also marked Cooks' second 100-yard effort of the season, with the first having come in the opener, when he'd also hauled in an 80-plus yard touchdown. With his breakaway speed and the Saints' offensive system, Cooks remains a high upside play every week in all formats, although his value definitely gets a bump any time he suits up in an indoor environment.

Terron Armstead
Saints tackle Terron Armstead left practice early on Monday morning, per ESPN

The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related. 

Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate. 

Knee - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Roman Harper
The Saints plan to use Harper in a part-time role, where he will be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage as a blitzer and open-field tackler, reports ESPN.com.

Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.

Jack Allen
No Updates
Jahri Evans
Saints guard Jahri Evans reworked his contract this offseason to secure his future with the team, per ESPN.com.

Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.

"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.

Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.

"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."

Paul Kruger
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.

Back - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Delvin Breaux
According to head coach Sean Payton, Breaux (lower leg) is expected to return to action around the half-way point of the season, Christopher Dabe of NOLA.com reports.

Breaux hasn't taken the field since Week 1 when he injured his fibula. The Saints decided to keep the cornerback off of injured reserved, meaning he can return whenever he is healthy. Look for more updates to come in the next few weeks. Breaux will give New Orleans' secondary an extra boost, as they currently only have four healthy options at cornerback.

Lower Leg - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Out for Week 7 at Kansas City
Ken Crawley
No Updates
Mitchell Loewen
Undisclosed - Out for Week 7 at Kansas City
No Updates
Cameron Jordan
Jordan played 75 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made four tackles (two solo) and batted down a pass against the Panthers.

Jordan now has 2.5 sacks and 21 combined tackles this season. While his sack total is slightly off his typical pace -- he has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the last four years -- sacks often come in bunches for the talented defensive end. Further, Jordan is actually on pace to approach his career high in tackles (67 in 2012). Although the Saints once again have one of the worst defenses in the league, Jordan should continue to be a solid option for IDP owners.

Brian Dixon
The Saints placed three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were all placed on PUP. Cornerback Brian Dixon was placed on the non-football injury list. 

Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury. 

All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season. 

Nate Stupar
Stupar has signed with the Saints.

Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.

Jordan Williams
No Updates
Michael Mauti
The Vikings listed cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Jerick McKinnon, fullback Zach Line, linebacker Michael Mauti, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey and tackle J’Marcus Webb as inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.
Daniel Lasco
Lasco (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

Lasco has only logged 16 offensive snaps all season, but his 100 snaps on special teams are tied for third-most on the Saints. His versatility could eventually lead to more opportunities on offense, as he figures to stick around on the roster.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Vonn Bell
Bell played 78 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made seven tackles (four solo) against the Panthers.

The rookie Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1 but has since seen his role grow throughout the young season. In fact, he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4 and teamed with fellow safety Kenny Vaccaro to make one of the game's biggest plays, a forced fumble of Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter. Bell once again drew the start in Week 6 against the Panthers, and though the Saints frequently used Byrd in three-safety alignments -- a role that Bell was expected to fill this year -- it appears that Bell should continue to start over Byrd moving forward. With 25 combined tackles in only four games, Bell should be a solid fantasy option in many IDP leagues.

Obum Gwacham
Gwacham 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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Travaris Cadet
Cadet caught four passes on five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's game against the Panthers. He also had one carry for three yards.

Mark Ingram once again dominated the running back workload -- 39 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune -- but Cadet was next in line with 27 snaps. Meanwhile, Tim Hightower did not see the field and rookie Daniel Lasco played only five snaps. Should Ingram be injured, it's still unlikely that Cadet would be the primary ball carrier, but he's clearly the Saints' preferred receiving option out of the backfield, which gives him some value in deeper PPR leagues.

Jimmy Pruitt
Pruitt (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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Tim Hightower
Hightower did not play a single offensive snap in Sunday's win against the Panthers. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hightower has fallen behind Daniel Lasco on the Saints' running back depth chart.

Hightower played exclusively on special teams, whereas Lasco, a seventh-round rookie, played five snaps on offense. Although Mark Ingram remains the Saints' primary ball carrier and Travaris Cadet is the team's top receiving option, it appears that Lasco, not Hightower, would be the main beneficiary should Ingram miss any time with an injury.

Garrett Grayson
The Saints will release Grayson on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Grayson has not progressed as the Saints hoped when they selected him in the third round last year, and the team is clearly comfortable with both Drew Brees and Luke McCown, so they will head into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the roster. Given where he was drafted, it should not take long for Grayson to hook on with another squad.

Avery Young
Undisclosed - Out for Week 7 at Kansas City
No Updates
Jairus Byrd
Byrd was not placed on the Saints' active/PUP list for the first time in his three-year career in New Orleans, ESPN.com reports.

Though healthy for the start of camp, Byrd did miss the entirety of the Saints' offseason program rehabbing the knee injury that has plagued him since inking a six-year, $54 million deal ahead of the 2014 season. Hopefully, for the Saints, Byrd's 2016 training camp presence will smoothly translate to an improved performance in the upcoming campaign for a New Orleans secondary that allowed the 31st-most passing yards in the NFL during 2015.

Joe Callahan
Callahan was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Friday, ESPN reports.

In order to make room for players coming off suspension, the Packers elected to part ways with the rookie who was listed as the third quarterback on the team's depth chart. After an impressive preseason, one can only imagine Green Bay was holding out hope Callahan would clear waivers and revert to the practice squad. However, he's now commissioned by the Saints, where he'll slot in as the No. 3 QB once again, this time behind Drew Brees and Luke McCown.

Drew Brees
Brees completed 34 of 49 passes for 465 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 41-38 victory over the Panthers.

Brees' prolific afternoon propelled him to first place all-time over Peyton Manning with 15 performances of 400 yards or more in the regular season, and as it turned out, the Saints would need every one of his 465 yards to escape with victory. New Orleans was barely able to sustain what had been a 21-0 advantage at one point, but Brees helped insure the victory by finding a whopping 10 different receivers on the day, including Brandin Cooks and Coby Fleener for spectacular scores of 87 and 50 yards, respectively. The veteran gunslinger now has two 400-yard performances on the season and multiple touchdown passes in four of five games, including the last three. With no fewer than 36 pass attempts in any of his five games this season, Brees remains one of the surest bets for elevated yardage totals and multiple scores on a week-in-week-out basis. He'll look to help the Saints extend their two-game winning streak in Week 7 versus the Chiefs.

Ashaad Mabry
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
B.W. Webb
Webb (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Giants.

Webb won't suit up for the game due to a coach's decision as he falls deep on the Saints' cornerback depth chart.

John Fullington
A left knee injury sustained during practice Wednesday has caused guard John Fullington to lose his job with the Cardinals. He has been waived/injured.

Fullington was signed to the team's practice squad last December.

Garrett Griffin
Griffin (hamstring) is expected to make his preseason debut in Friday's matchup with the Steelers, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Griffin has been dealing with a hamstring injury during the preseason. The Air Force product is considered a long shot to make the final roster, as he currently projects as the sixth tight end on the team's depth chart.

Taveze Calhoun
No Updates
Brandon Coleman
Coleman had two catches on three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's win against the Chargers.

With Willie Snead (toe) sidelined in Week 3, Coleman managed a career-high seven catches. Although he was clearly limited, Snead was able to take the field in San Diego, which pushed Coleman back down the depth chart in Week 4. Coleman has proven that he can make a few plays when given the opportunity, but when New Orleans has its full complement of pass catchers healthy, he's no better than No. 4 on the team's receiver depth chart. The Saints are on bye in Week 5 before returning to the Superdome for a Week 6 tilt against the Panthers.

Josh Hill
Hill played 46 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps against the Panthers in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He caught two passes on five targets for 23 yards, including a spectacular eight-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter.

Hill saw his first action since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 1, and although his touchdown reception was impressive, he didn't exactly set the box score on fire. Perhaps more importantly, however, was Hill's substantial playing time. Although starting tight end Coby Fleener was the recipient of two touchdowns -- a two-yard run on a "tight end around" and a 50-yard catch -- Hill actually out-snapped Fleener (41 snaps) against Carolina. The Saints uncharacteristically ran a lot of two-tight end sets, which may explain Hill's increased playing time. But, it's also worth noting that Week 6 was the first time the two tight ends have played a full game together (Hill was injured early in Week 1), so it's unclear how the Saints intend to divide the snaps going forward. Hill is still probably best left on waivers, but the situation is worth monitoring.

Sterling Moore
Moore made nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Moore signed with the Saints just before Week 1 -- his fourth team in seven seasons -- and started at cornerback in his debut against the Giants. In 2014 and 2015, Moore made 46 and 45 tackles for the Cowboys and Buccaneers, respectively. With Delvin Breaux out for at least six weeks and P.J. Williams suffering a potentially serious injury in Week 2, Moore should continue to start for the Saints and be a decent source for tackles in IDP leagues.

Abdomen - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Nick Fairley
Fairley played 58 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made three tackles and half a sack against the Panthers.

Fairley now has 3.5 sacks this season, which ranks third in the NFL among defensive tackles. His 19 combined tackles also rank in the top 25 among all defensive lineman. After struggling in limited action his last two seasons in both St. Louis and Detroit, Fairley has been receiving consistent playing time in his first season in New Orleans and is currently on pace to set career highs in both sacks and tackles. While his snap count may be reduced some when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins is activated from IR, Fairley should continue to see enough playing time to warrant owning in deeper IDP leagues based on his impressive early-season performance.

Michael Thomas
Thomas snared all five of his targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Panthers.

The rookie checked in second on the Saints in reception yards while scoring a touchdown for the third straight week. At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, Thomas has become one of Drew Brees' preferred red-zone targets, while also hauling in an impressive 72.2 percent of his 36 looks to date this season. With no fewer than four catches in any game despite serving as the third receiver, Thomas has become a highly viable cost-effective DFS option and terrific add in season-long formats over the past several weeks.

Zach Strief
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot. 

"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.

The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots. 

"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."

Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said. 

Kyle Wilson
The 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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Craig Robertson
Robertson notched 12 tackles Sunday against the Panthers.

Robertson recorded at least 11 tackles for the fourth time in five games to start the season. Although he's yet to record a sack or force a fumble, he's proving to be an outstanding source of tackles, and he currently ranks eighth in the NFL in that category. His single-category excellence makes him a valuable asset in IDP leagues.

Damian Swann
Swann (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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Tim Lelito
Saints coach Sean Payton said at the annual NFL meeting that he doesn't think the moves the team has made this offseason have opened any holes in the starting lineup, indicating specifically that Tim Lelito would join Jahri Evans as the team's starting guards after the departure of Ben Grubbs, Saints.com reports.

"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."

Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker.  He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.

Justin Drescher
No Updates
P.J. Williams
Williams will not return to Sunday's game after suffering a head injury.

Williams reportedly suffered a concussion while making a tackle in the first quarter, stopping the game for several minutes while being tended to by medical personnel. He is now in the hospital receiving care. With fellow cornerback Delvin Breaux also out after breaking his fibula in Week 1, the Saints will now likely turn to Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris to assume starting cornerback duties.

Concussion - Injured Reserve
Stephone Anthony
Anthony (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

A late-week addition to the injury report, Anthony likely get hurt at practice either Thursday or Friday. It's not much of a loss for the Saints, as last year's second-round selection has only played 55 defensive snaps all year.

Erik Harris
Harris (knee) was placed on IR on Thursday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Harris tore his ACL and meniscus on Monday and had surgery on Tuesday, making it unsurprising that he's been moved to IR. He'll be out for the remainder of the season. Brian Dixon was promoted to the active roster to replace Harris in the Saints' secondary.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Michael Hoomanawanui
The Saints placed Hoomanawanui (leg) on injured reserve Saturday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hoomanawanui injured his lower left leg in the Saints' third preseason game. With his season finished, his presence as a blocker will be sorely missed by Drew Brees.

Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Jamarca Sanford
Sanford 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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Mark Ingram
Ingram gained only 51 yards on 16 carries and snared two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Panthers.

Ingram found some tough sledding against a Panthers squad that instead bled yardage through the air against Drew Brees and a cadre of pass catchers. The veteran back's involvement in the passing game was also muted, after he'd totaled 14 receptions over the previous three games. Ingram will try to break out on the ground against the Chiefs in Week 7 following a current two-game stretch where he's only managed 107 yards on 34 carries (3.1 YPC).

Chris McCain
The Dolphins have traded McCain to the Saints, NOLA.com reports.

The team is reportedly giving up a draft pick in compensation, but it's unclear what round. McCain (6-5, 236) has seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble across 18 total appearances, but is yet to start a game at the NFL level. He finally may have a chance to start with the Saints though as the team doesn't appear convinced Kasim Edebali can make up for the loss of Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) and first-round pick Sheldon Rankins (broken fibula) is expected to miss the first four weeks of the regular season.

Tommylee Lewis
Lewis caught three passes on four targets for 43 yards in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.

Lewis saw some extra playing time as a result of Willie Snead missing Monday's contest with a foot injury, and his catches and yardage were both career highs. Although the 5-foot-7, undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois showed some quickness in the open field, he is still fifth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart.

Marcus Murphy
Murphy (coach's decision) is inactive for the Saints' Week 2 contest against the Giants.

Murphy wasn't listed on the team's injury report, and thus isn't thought to be dealing with an injury. Consequently, his deactivation Sunday comes as a slight surprise, especially considering how he operated as the Saints' top punt and kick return specialist Week 1. It's unclear who will fill that void Sunday, but Travaris Cadet is likely the leading candidate.

Jake Lampman
Lampman has been promoted to the Saints' active roster ahead of Sunday's game against Carolina, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune reports.

Lampman, an undrafted rookie, will be making his first NFL appearance on Sunday. He'll likely be buried on the depth chart and shouldn't be expected to have much of a role outside of special teams.

Tony Hills
The Panthers signed two offensive linemen and released a running back to get their roster to 90 players on Tuesday. 

The Panthers signed Tony Hills and Davonte Wallace and released Darrin Reaves.

Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year. 

James Laurinaitis
Laurinaitis (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Laurinaitis had been held out of the Saints' previous game in Week 4 against the Chargers, but the team's open date in the schedule last week came at a convenient time for him, as he's now been cleared to play Sunday. Expect Laurinaitis to take back his starting role at middle linebacker and challenge for the team lead in tackles.

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
Snead made four catches on seven targets for 47 yards in Sunday's win against the Panthers.

The bye week gave Snead a chance to get healthy and he played 51 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps (70 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Meanwhile, Michael Thomas once again saw his playing time increase (52 snaps) and had five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Saints play a lot of three receiver sets, so both Snead and Thomas should continue to have value. However, quarterback Drew Brees is known to spread the ball around -- he completed passes to ten different players against the Panthers -- and the rookie Thomas is unquestionably the more dynamic playmaker and red zone threat. Snead is worth owning in most leagues, but receivers Brandin Cooks and Thomas will probably be the better fantasy options most weeks.

Sheldon Rankins
The Saints have changed Rankins' (lower leg) status from IR to IR/designated to return, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Under the NFL's new guidelines as it pertains to injured reserve, each team can activate one player that was placed on the list, and the Saints have tabbed their 2016 first-round pick among the 10 Saints on IR. With his return to practice Wednesday, the Saints will have 21 days to promote Rankins to the 53-man roster.

Lower Leg - IR-R for Week 7 at Kansas City
Kenny Vaccaro
Vaccaro played all 82 of the Saints' defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made seven tackles (two solo) against the Panthers.

Vaccaro had been nursing an ankle injury earlier this season, so it was good to see him play a full complement of snaps against the Panthers, and he now has 27 combined tackles this season. While Vaccaro's lack of big plays is troublesome for fantasy owners -- he has not yet registered a sack or an interception -- he remains one of the more consistent sources of tackles at the defensive back position.

De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Luke McCown
McCown was checked for a concussion after Thursday's game but the results were negative, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

McCown had an abbreviated showing in Thursday's preseason finale, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards. However, he did take one sack during his cameo, so the Saints wanted to ensure that he didn't suffer a concussion. Fortunately, he passed through the concussion protocol and appears to be fine heading into Week 1.

Jake Stoneburner
Dolphins tight end Dion Sims has been ruled out for the Sunday clash in London, reports Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

Sims hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in Week 1. And considering he didn't make the flight to England, it's clear he won't play against the Jets. Jake Stoneburner (three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in two games) will once again fill in behind Jordan Cameron.

D.J. Pettway
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
John Kuhn
Kuhn carried three times for five yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 35-34 win over the Chargers. He also caught both of his targets for seven yards and a touchdown.

Kuhn was the epitome of a touchdown vulture Sunday, as he managed just 12 total yards on five touches, but he took three of those touches into the end zone. His third touchdown was especially important, as he plowed across the goal line from a yard out in the fourth quarter to put his team ahead, after the extra point. Kuhn totaled six touches in three weeks heading into this game, so he should not be viewed as a viable fantasy option despite his strong showing.

Wil Lutz
Lutz made two-of-three field goals in Sunday's win against the Panthers. He also converted all five of his extra point attempts.

Lutz missed a 53-yard kick in the second quarter but made up for it by nailing his next two field goal tries, a 33-yard attempt at the end of the first half and the game-winning, 52-yard kick with 11 seconds left in the game. Although Lutz has only made 7 of his 11 field goal attempts this season, he has a big leg and should continue to see plenty of chances when the Saints' offense is clicking.

Royce LaFrance
No Updates
Andrus Peat
The Saints agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Andrus Peat , GM Mickey Loomis announced on Thursday, per the team's web site

Peat was the 13th overall pick in the draft, out of Stanford. The offensive lineman agreed to a four-year deal. 

Groin - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
John Jenkins
With rookie DT Sheldon Rankins reportedly fracturing his fibula in Monday's practice, Jenkins will likely see an increase in playing time to start the season.

Jenkins, a pending free agent, appeared slated for a reserve role this season, with the Saints drafting Rankins with the 12th overall pick and spending big to acquire veteran Nick Fairley in free agency. With Rankins expected to miss 6-8 weeks, Jenkins will now likely start alongside Fairley in the Saints' 4-3 base defense. In his first three years in the league, Jenkins has posted decent tackle totals for his position, but with only 1.5 career sacks, he probably should not be expected to be a difference-maker in most IDP leagues.

Hau'oli Kikaha
Kikaha (knee) was moved to the Saints' reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Kikaha had suffered a torn ACL during OTAs. While his placement on this specific list infers he could return at or near the midpoint of the season, Kikaha will more than likely be sidelined for the entire campaign given the timing of his injury.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Coby Fleener
Fleener brought in six of seven targets for 74 yards and a touchdown and added a two-yard rushing score on his sole carry in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Panthers.

The veteran tight end caught the Panthers off guard in the first quarter with the first rushing touchdown of his career, an end-around on fourth down in the first quarter that opened the scoring. Fleener later added a more conventional 50-yard grab down the middle in the third quarter for his second visit to the end zone. The 28-year-old's involvement and production has fluctuated week-to-week so far this season, but he does encouragingly have three total touchdowns over the last three contests.

Darryl Tapp
Tapp (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.

Max Unger
The Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a Seattle first-round draft pick, the teams announced Tuesday. New Orleans will also part ways with their fourth-round selection. The trade is contingent on the players passing physicals.

The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.

Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).

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Dannell Ellerbe
Ellerbe (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Ellerbe is still awaiting his season debut while he continues to recover from the quad injury. He wasn't able to practice at all this week, so it's difficult to pinpoint when exactly Ellerbe might be back.

Quadriceps - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Vincent Brown
The 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.

Calf - Questionable for Week 7 at Kansas City
Kasim Edebali
Edebali recorded two sacks as part of a three-tackle performance in the Saints' preseason opener against the Patriots on Thursday.

Edebali, who is in competition for the starting defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan, had an impressive debut with a pair of sacks on Patriots' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Edebali had five sacks playing as part of a rotation last season, so he's shown the ability to rush the passer. The competition between him and Obum Gwacham (who also had a nice preseason opener with five tackles) should continue throughout training camp, but if Edebali can secure the starting role, he could be an interesting option in deeper IDP leagues.