Line (knee) announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Line played seven seasons in the NFL after going undrafted out of SMU in 2013, and his final three years were spent with the Saints. He appeared in 12 contests in 2019 before a knee injury sidelined him, recording seven carries for 20 yards and six catches for 36 yards across that span. He did most of his offensive damage as a blocker. Following Line's departure, Ricky Ortiz is the only true fullback on New Orleans' roster.
Line (knee) rushed seven times for 20 yards and caught six of 10 targets for 36 yards while suiting up in 12 regular-season contests in 2019.
The SMU product saw a smattering of touches across the season, but he primarily worked as a blocker in front of Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray whenever he saw the field on offense. Line failed to record a touchdown for the first time in three years with New Orleans, though his receptions and receiving yards were the most since he joined the team in 2017. A knee injury kept Line out of the Saints' regular-season finale as well as the team's wild-card loss to the Vikings, but he should be back to full strength in advance of OTAs.
Line (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's playoff game against Minnesota, Chris Corso of the Vikings' official site reports.
Line missed Week 17 with the knee injury and was unable to practice this week, so he won't be available for the playoff opener. The Saints will be without a true fullback Sunday, though backup tight end Josh Hill could still work as a backfield blocker.
Line (knee) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Line missed the season finale against the Panthers with the knee issue and appears in jeopardy of missing the Wild Card playoff round. The team signed fellow fullback Rick Ortiz on Dec. 28, suggesting there is serious concern for Line's status heading into the playoffs.
Line (knee) won't suit up in Sunday's season finale against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Line was a late add to the injury report Friday after he failed to suit up in practice. Now that he's officially out Sunday, his absence will likely mean more time for Latavius Murray or depth tight end Josh Hill on offense.
Line (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday's matchup versus the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Line popped up on the injury report Friday with the knee issue, and his status is firmly uncertain for the season finale. If he's forced to sit out Week 17, his absence will likely mean more time for Latavius Murray or depth tight end Josh Hill on offense.
Line rushed twice for four yards in Monday night's 34-7 win over Indianapolis.
Line returned from a three-game absence due to a knee injury but got his regular allotment of snaps, seeing 20 on offense and 10 on special teams. He got his usual couple of carries but was not targeted in the passing game for the first time in his last five appearances.
Line (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Monday's game versus Indianapolis, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Line has been sidelined since Week 11 due to the knee injury, but he's ready to retake the field against the Colts. The 29-year-old should work as a blocker and occasional receiving option for the Saints.
Line (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Line was able to work as a limited practice participant this week but will still miss his third consecutive contest. Dwayne Washington will operate as the Saints' depth running back once again.
Line (knee) is ruled out for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Line will miss a second straight game due to his lingering knee injury. Expect Dwayne Washington to play an expanded depth role as long as Line is unable to play.
Line (knee) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Line was unable to practice this week with the knee issue and won't be ready to go for Sunday's game. In his stead, Dwayne Washington is expected to handle the depth running back snaps against Carolina.
Line (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Line was limited at practice all week due to the knee issue, but he's ready to go for Week 11. The 29-year-old should serve his usual role as a blocker and occasional receiving option for the Saints.
Line (knee) was limited in practice Thursday.
Line played just nine snaps in Week 10 and has logged two limited practices so far this week. If he stays limited or is upgraded to full on Friday, he has a good shot to suit up against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Line corralled both of his targets for five yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
The fullback saw some limited run with a couple of grabs in Sunday's loss. He's not a regular part of New Orleans' offense game-plan -- having totaled just seven touches on the year -- and he isn't on the fantasy radar, even in the deepest of leagues.
Line gained four yards on one carry and caught one pass for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's win against the Buccaneers.
The Saints' starting fullback caught his second touchdown of the season, but given that he has only nine total touches all year, Line can safely be ignored in most fantasy formats.
Line (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Line sustained a concussion during Thursday's loss to the Cowboys, but appears to be approaching a return to full health. If the starting fullback has not yet cleared the league-mandated concussion protocol, he's on track to do so prior to Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers.
Line is being evaluated for a concussion during Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.
Line was dinged up in the third quarter and will need to clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to action. He's the only fullback on the Saints roster, so the team may look to its tight end corps to fill Line's role if he remains out.
Line reached agreement Thursday with the Saints on a new contract, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
The details on Line's deal with New Orleans are unclear, but he'll presumably be brought back on a one-year pact after appearing in 12 games in 2018. As the only fullback on the roster, Line doesn't face any current competition, but he's far from a lock to stick with the team by the time Week 1 arrives since the Saints could always turn to a backup tight end for lead-blocking duties if they want to prioritize strengthening depth at another position. Even if Line breaks camp with the team, he's unlikely to earn more than one or two touches per game in a backfield spearheaded by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Line did not touch the ball in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.
Line had scored in consecutive weeks leading up to Sunday's playoff tilt but was held out of the box score in Minnesota. The Saints' starting fullback was a valuable blocker who helped the team average nearly 130 rushing yards per game, but Line saw just nine offensive touches (seven carries, two receptions) go for 36 total yards in 12 regular-season games. Line will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but regardless of where he ends up in 2018, he will be off the fantasy radar.
Line had one catch for seven yards and one carry for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 playoff win over the Panthers.
Line has now scored in consecutive weeks, despite touching the ball only three times during that span. The Saints don't often use their fullback -- Line averages only 14 snaps per game -- but lately head coach Sean Payton has not hesitated to get the ball in the hands of his versatile fullback near the goal line. Still, Line can likely be ignored in the majority of fantasy leagues, as he simply does not see enough touches to make him anything more than a touchdown-or-bust option. The Saints will face a tough Vikings defense in next week's divisional round.
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