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
08/18/17TECoby FleenerUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEFleener has missed the past two days of practice due to an unknown reason, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Fleener was held out with an undisclosed injury earlier this month, and although he took part in team drills to start this week, the tight end returned to the sideline once scrimmaging versus the Chargers began Thursday. While that casts doubt over his availability for Sunday's game versus Los Angeles, fellow tight end Josh Hill returned from an absence Thursday to practice fully Friday.

(Updated 08/18/2017)
08/16/17DBDelvin BreauxLegOUTBreaux (leg) is expected to miss six weeks.

Recent reports suggested that Breaux would be sidelined anywhere from 4-6 weeks following his surgery, but it seems that six weeks is a more accurate depiction of his timeline. With that being said, it's unlikely he'll be 100 percent for the season opener, but Breaux could be back in time for Week 2 assuming he avoids any setbacks.

(Updated 08/16/2017)
08/06/17LBA.J. KleinUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEKlein was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.

Klein, who backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints this offseason. He was anticipating a larger role with the team, but this injury could potentially put that opportunity in question. It remains to be seen how serious this issue is. Manti Te'o would presumably see more snaps should Klein be forced to miss time.

(Updated 08/05/2017)
08/02/17DLTony McDanielUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEMcDaniel (undisclosed) missed his second practice of the week Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

McDaniel sat out of practice Monday as well due to an undisclosed reason. At this point in time, there's nothing to indicate the 12-year-veteran is dealing with anything serious. It's more likely that the Saints are just letting the 32-year-old get back into the swing of things in order to ensure his health entering Week 1.

(Updated 08/02/2017)
08/01/17DLNick FairleyIllnessOUTFairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.

(Updated 06/26/2017)
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)
01/02/17DLTyeler DavisonShoulder - LabrumQUESTIONABLEDavison (shoulder) is expected to return by training camp, Josh Katzenstein of The Times Picayune reports.

Davison underwent surgery in January to repair the torn labrum that impacted him throughout his rookie campaign. He's been rehabbing and recovering for months and is expected to be back in full for the start of training camp. When he returns he'll likely be the top backup at defensive tackle behind starters Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.

(Updated 06/01/2017)
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)
 

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