New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd129.4 (6th)261.8 (5th)
Defense17th111.7 (15th)224.8 (15th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/08/18DLTony McDanielLegQUESTIONABLEMcDaniel was released by the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McDaniel was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March anyway, so it seems that New Orleans has simply given him assurance that the team doesn't plan on bringing him back for another season. The 33-year-old will thus get a head start in finding a new home for the 2018 campaign, assuming he wants to continue playing.

(Updated 02/07/2018)
02/06/18TEJosh HillFingerQUESTIONABLEHill recently underwent surgery to straighten out a finger on his left hand but is expected to be ready for the Saints' Organized Team Activities in the spring, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A source familiar with Hill's situation said that the tight end's finger had been locked at a 90-degree angle prior to the procedure. There doesn't appear to be much concern about his recovery timetable given that the tight end was able to play through it this season, so Hill shouldn't face any limitations once offseason workouts begin.

(Updated 02/06/2018)
02/05/18LBAlex AnzaloneShoulderQUESTIONABLEAnzalone said Tuesday that he's progressing well from October surgery to repair his right shoulder and indicated that he's "excited" to get back on the field in 2018, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The linebacker was less confident that he would be at full strength for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, but it doesn't appear Anzalone is concerned about his recovery stretching into the start of training camp. A 2017 third-round pick, Anzalone had served in a starting role in the Saints' first four games before suffering the season-ending injury and finishing his inaugural NFL campaign with 16 stops and one sack.

(Updated 01/16/2018)
02/05/18WRDan ArnoldUndisclosedQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
02/05/18TECoby FleenerConcussionQUESTIONABLEFleener (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Saints on Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Fleener suffered the fifth (at least) concussion of his career in last Sunday's loss to the Rams and had already been ruled out Week 13, but the team isn't taking any chances. The 29-year-old will finish the 2017 season with 22 receptions for 295 yards. The Saints brought in Garrett Griffin to bolster their tight end depth with Fleener gone for the year.

(Updated 12/02/2017)
02/05/18TEGarrett GriffinFootQUESTIONABLEGriffin was placed on injured reserve by the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Griffin has been battling the foot injury since mid-December but was clear of an injury designation for Week 17. The 23-year-old joined the Saints prior to Week 13, and totaled one reception for four yards in three games with the team.

(Updated 01/03/2018)
02/05/18TEClay HarborUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEThe Saints placed Harbor (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Harbor and the Saints agreed to a contract during the offseason. The veteran was competing for a spot on the final roster. The specifics of his injury are unclear, but he now will spend the entire 2017 season on IR.

(Updated 08/28/2017)
02/05/18DLJohn HughesBicepsQUESTIONABLEThe Saints placed Hughes (biceps) on injured reserve Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hughes exited Sunday's victory over the Falcons with what was first believed to be an elbow injury. However, further testing revealed a much worse diagnosis, with the defensive tackle sustaining a torn biceps. Hughes will end the 2017 campaign with 10 tackles over eight appearances. The Saints signed veteran Tony McDaniel to take Hughes' spot on the roster.

(Updated 12/27/2017)
02/05/18LBHau'oli KikahaAnkleQUESTIONABLEKikaha (ankle) said Tuesday that he'll be available for the start of the Saints' Organized Team Activities in the spring, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "I'm ready [for OTAs} right now," Kikaha said.

It's unclear if the Saints would verify Kikaha's claim about his health at this juncture, but it looks promising nonetheless that the defensive end will face no limitations entering the Saints' offseason program. Before hitting injured reserve prior to Week 17, Kikaha was effective in his rotational role along the defensive line, providing 10 tackles and four sacks across 12 contests.

(Updated 01/16/2018)
02/05/18LBA.J. KleinGroinQUESTIONABLEKlein (groin) is optimistic that he will be a full go in time for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, reports the Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In his first season in New Orleans, Klein appeared in 12 games -- all starts -- before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 14. The Saints placed Klein on injured reserve in Week 16 and he finished the season with 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. While Manti Te'o filled in admirably in his absence, Klein is expected to return as a full-time starter next season and should be a useful fantasy option in IDP leagues.

(Updated 02/07/2018)
02/05/18RBDaniel LascoNeckQUESTIONABLELasco (neck) officially landed on the Saints' injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Lasco suffered a bulging disc in Sunday's victory over the Bills, which will require him to miss the remainder of the season. There is no report on how long his recovery is expected to take, but the running back will have to put his sights on a 2018 return.

(Updated 11/14/2017)
02/05/18DLDevaroe LawrenceUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEThe Saints placed Lawrence (undisclosed) on injured reserve Saturday, Herbie Teope of The Time-Picayune reports.

Lawrence began training camp on the non-football injury list, and will now likely miss the rest of the season. It remains unclear what the issue is, but the Auburn product did undergo season-ending knee surgery in December of last year.

(Updated 08/12/2017)
02/05/18DLMitchell LoewenAnkleQUESTIONABLELoewen (ankle) has returned to full health after undergoing surgery earlier this season, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Loewen is healthy and able to run again after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Saints' Week 2 loss to New England. The converted linebacker who went undrafted out of Arkansas looks to persevere through a plethora of injuries (including a Lisfranc injury in his final collegiate game) which has kept him from making a significant impact on the Saints' defensive line. Loewen failed to record a tackle in two regular season appearances in 2017, although he did record 1.5 sacks during the preseason.

(Updated 01/16/2018)
02/05/18DLAlex OkaforAchillesQUESTIONABLEOkafor (torn Achilles) could miss the beginning of training camp, Sean Fazende of Fox8live.com reports.

There is little to no indication that the rehabilitation process will linger into the regular season so that is less of a concern at the moment. Okafor was on pace to reel in a sizable contract this offseason prior to tearing his Achilles in Week 11, but the Saints appear have some reservations following the injury. Regardless of where he ends up, Okafor's status is likely to remain in question as training camp inches closer.

(Updated 02/14/2018)
02/05/18DLDavid ParryAnkleQUESTIONABLEParry's (ankle) was officially reinstated Monday after serving his four-game suspension.

Though he was still docked four paychecks stemming from a February arrest in Arizona, Parry didn't miss any actual games due to the suspension, as the Saints had already placed him on season-ending injured reserve due to the ankle issue. Parry, who will become a restricted free agent this offseason, is eligible to play at the start of the 2018 campaign.

(Updated 01/03/2018)
02/05/18LBNate StuparKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEStupar (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Stupar tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Lions and his season officially is over. The linebacker played exclusively on special teams in his four games with the Saints, recording one tackle in four games.

(Updated 10/17/2017)
02/05/18DBKenny VaccaroGroinQUESTIONABLEVaccaro (groin) finished the season with 60 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks and a career-high three interceptions in just games. He also scored the first touchdown of his NFL career on an end-zone fumble recovery in Week 6.

Vaccaro was benched in the second half of the Saints' Week 2 game against the Patriots for poor play, but the fifth-year pro responded by notching three interceptions over the course of his next four games. Unfortunately, injuries once again derailed a promising season. Vaccaro missed both Weeks 10 and 11 with a groin injury. The strong safety attempted to play through the injury for four weeks thereafter, but largely struggled during that span before being placed on injured reserve and undergoing core-muscle surgery. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Vaccaro, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. The 2013 first-round pick has flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential but he has also battled health issues and inconsistency throughout his career. At only 26 years old, Vaccaro could draw some big interest on the open market and the Saints may not want to get into a bidding war after drafting safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell over the past two years. Wherever Vaccaro ends up, he will likely continue to be an IDP asset as long as health prevails.

(Updated 01/17/2018)