Coleman (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game against the Vikings. With Coleman -- who hauled in four passes for 44 yards in last weekend's wild-card win over the Panthers -- unavailable this week, Willie Snead figures to see added opportunities in the Saints offense Sunday, while working behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn.
Coleman didn't practice Wednesday due to a neck injury, Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Since posting at least 30 receiving yards in five of the Saints' first nine contests, Coleman compiled a minuscule eight receptions (on 13 targets) for 82 yards the rest of the regular season. Due to the scarce attention paid to him by Drew Brees during that span, Coleman's outing Sunday against the Panthers came as a surprise. Targeted first among Saints skill-position players, Coleman hauled in four of five passes for 44 yards by game's end. There's no guarantee he'll be as involved in Sunday's divisional-round matchup at Minnesota, but first he must ditch his injury in order to have any chance to replicate the previous performance.
Coleman caught four passes on five targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 31-26 playoff win against the Panthers. The Saints' No. 3 receiver was targeted on Drew Brees' first pass of the game and remained involved throughout the victory. In fact, Sunday's contest marked the most yards Coleman has accrued since Week 7 and most catches since Week 2. Coleman has a tendency to disappear in games, which often makes him a risky fantasy choice in many leagues. However, as the playoff field and corresponding fantasy options dwindle, desperate owners could do worse than the 6-foot-6 receiver, despite a difficult test against a tough Vikings secondary next week.
Coleman (neck) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Coleman was limited at practice all week but should be fine to handle his usual role as the Saints try to clinch their division. He didn't draw any targets last week and hasn't topped three receptions in a contest since Week 2.
Coleman (neck) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The limited session amounts to a step forward for Coleman, who was held out entirely Wednesday. It's generally expected that Coleman will gain clearance to suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers, but he probably won't see much involvement in the passing game with Michael Thomas (hamstring) likely to be available and Ted Ginn having since recovered from a rib injury. When both Thomas and Ginn suited up in the Week 16 win over the Falcons, Coleman wasn't targeted once across 39 offensive snaps.
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