New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd129.4 (6th)261.8 (5th)
Defense17th111.7 (15th)224.8 (15th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19915Arkansas-Pine Bluff
31Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
48Bell, Vonn FS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-121010/25/19893LSU
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197917Purdue
25Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
80Carr, Austin WR6-019512/25/1993RNorthwestern
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19923Rutgers
20Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19932Colorado
10Daniel, Chase QB6-022510/7/19869Missouri
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/3/19923Fresno State
58Edebali, Kasim LB6-22538/17/19894Boston College
33Edmunds, Trey RB6-122312/30/1994RMaryland
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
55Freeny, Jonathan LB6-22556/15/19896Rutgers
77Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/19922Ole Miss
34Hardee, Justin DB6-02002/7/1994RIllinois
79Harris, Bryce T6-63001/16/19896Fresno State
91Hendrickson, Trey DE6-427012/5/1994RFlorida Atlantic
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19905Idaho State
7Hill, Taysom QB6-22218/23/1990RBrigham Young
50Hodges, Gerald LB6-22361/17/19915Penn State
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19888Illinois
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
90Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19876Rutgers
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
41Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/1995RTennessee
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
29Kuhn, John FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
23Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/20/1996ROhio State
68Lawrence, Devaroe DT6-229410/13/1992RAuburn
61LeRibeus, Josh G6-23157/2/19895Southern Methodist
11Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/19922Northern Illinois
42Line, Zach RB6-12334/26/19905Southern Methodist
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19942Georgia State
37Maulet, Arthur CB5-91907/13/1993RMemphis
56Mauti, Michael LB6-22431/19/19905Penn State
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
97Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE6-32503/28/1995RMiami (Fla.)
93Onyemata, David DT6-430011/13/19922Manitoba (Canada)
86Phillips, John TE6-52516/11/19879Virginia
71Ramczyk, Ryan T6-53144/22/1994RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
51Te'o, Manti MLB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
63Tom, Cameron C6-42876/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
67Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
27Williams, Jonathan RB6-02232/2/19942Arkansas
26Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
43Williams, Marcus FS6-01959/8/1996RUtah
49Wood, Zach LS6-32551/10/19931Southern Methodist
Injured Players
66Allen, Jack (IR) C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
47Anzalone, Alex (IR) OLB6-32419/22/1994RFlorida
85Arnold, Dan (IR) WR6-6220//RWis.-Platteville
82Fleener, Coby (IR) TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
45Griffin, Garrett (IR) TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
80Harbor, Clay (IR) TE6-32407/2/19878Missouri State
92Hughes, John (IR) DT6-23204/27/19886Cincinnati
44Kikaha, Hau'oli (IR) OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
53Klein, A.J. (IR) OLB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
36Lasco, Daniel (IR) RB6-120510/9/19922California
70Loewen, Mitchell (IR) DE6-52752/14/19931Arkansas
76McDaniel, Tony (IR) DT6-73051/20/198512Tennessee
57Okafor, Alex (IR) DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
58Parry, David (IR) NT6-23173/7/19923Stanford
75Peat, Andrus (IR) G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
64Strief, Zach (IR) T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate (IR) ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
32Vaccaro, Kenny (IR) SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
Practice Squad
99Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/19881Central Washington
14Dural, Travin WR6-220611/19/1993RLSU
 Ellis, Alex TE6-42452/10/19932Tennessee
 Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19932Texas A&M
 Ikard, Gabe C6-43009/26/19904Oklahoma
74Jenkins, Alex DE6-62701/15/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
 Skov, Shayne LB6-32477/9/19903Stanford
 Theaker, Nate G6-531510/6/1993RWayne State (Mich.)
 Thompson, Mykkele DB6-21954/22/19933Texas
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/19932North Carolina
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
News
Hendrickson (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's wild-card tilt against the Panthers.

Hendrickson, who hasn't played since Week 14 due to an ankle injury, logged a limited practice Friday and will be available for Sunday's contest. He's expected to provide depth at defensive end behind Cameron Jordan and David Onyemata.

Landon Turner
No Updates
Ryan Ramczyk
News
Ramczyk (undisclosed) was an active participant at Saints' practice Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Ramczyk left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury. While the team was tight-lipped regarding the situation, it now appears the issue was nothing serious. Barring any setbacks, the first-round pick out of Wisconsin is seemingly on track to start the season protecting quarterback Drew Brees' blind side.

Senio Kelemete
News
Kelemete (concussion) was a full participant at the Saints' practice Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kelemete was forced to sit out the Week 14 loss to the Falcons with the head injury, but seems to be making positive progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. If he hasn't already been cleared from the protocol, it seems quite likely he'll be ready to go by the time Sunday's game against the Jets arrives.

Alex Ellis
News
The Saints signed Ellis to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Ellis didn't log any NFL action during the past season, but made six appearances for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign in 2016, hauling in three of four targets for 11 yards. He'll join the Saints for their offseason program and could vie for a roster spot at tight end during training camp.

Tyeler Davison
News
Davison recorded 31 tackles (22 solo), two forced fumbles and one pass defensed across 16 games in 2017.

Davison averaged just under 37 defensive reps in 2017, as the 25-year-old became an integral member of the Saints young pass-rush unit. Davison is under contract for one more season with the Saints before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. There's a chance he sees an expanded role in 2018 with John Hughes and Alex Okafor slated to become free agents this offseason.

Terron Armstead
News
Armstead posted on his personal Twitter account following Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round loss to the Vikings that he had been playing through a torn hip flexor.

The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Arthur Maulet
News
Maulet was signed to the Saints' 53-man roster Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Maulet was waived by the Saints in late September and has resided on the team's practice squad. The 22-year-old should serve as a depth option in the secondary with safety Marcus Williams (groin) ruled out for Sunday's game, and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and P.J. Williams (shoulder) listed as questionable.

Clay Harbor
News
The 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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Jack Allen
News
Allen (undisclosed) reverted to injured reserve after clearing waivers Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Allen was waived Wednesday and will now spend the remainder of the season on the Saints' IR, barring he reaches an injury settlement with the club and is subsequently released.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (leg) posted Wednesday on his personal Instagram account that he has been cleared for full activities.

Breaux fractured his fibula in training camp and was placed on injured reserve to begin the season, with the team later designating him for return in October. However, the cornerback was unable to progress as quickly as hoped, ultimately prompting the Saints to shut him down for good once his three-week evaluation window closed. It sounds like Breaux is approaching full health and should face no limitations heading into the 2018 campaign, but the 28-year-old, who has made 22 career starts for the Saints, will likely have to settle for a reserve role if he's re-signed in the offseason after rookie Marshon Lattimore and second-year corner Ken Crawley performed at high levels in 2017.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Ken Crawley
News
Crawley recorded 54 tackles (47 solo), 17 passes defensed and one interception across 13 contests in 2017.

In his second season, Crawley solidified himself as the Saints' starting cornerback across from Marshon Lattimore after starting the season as an inactive. The 24-year-old is under contract through next season but then will become a restricted free agent. However, if he continues to grow in Dennis Allen's system throughout the offseason the Saints may have no choice but to offer the young cornerback a long-term deal.

Mitchell Loewen
News
Loewen (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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan had one tackle in Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round defeat to the Vikings.

Jordan finished the season with a dud but the box score did not do his performance justice, as the defensive end was constantly putting pressure on Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, particularly in the game's second half. Nevertheless, Jordan's 2017 regular season was an unqualified success. In his seventh season, Jordan had 14 sacks -- tied for fourth-most in the NFL -- and 62 total tackles, which was the seventh-most among NFL defensive linemen. The former Cal product also had 12 passes defensed, an interception, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. Jordan was selected for the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career, named a first-team All Pro for the first time and should even receive consideration for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. At just 28 years old, Jordan is still in his prime and as a result of his versatile production, he should be one of the first defensive linemen off the board in IDP drafts next season.

Trey Edmunds
No Updates
Nate Stupar
News
Stupar (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.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Josh LeRibeus
No Updates
Michael Mauti
News
Mauti (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against the Vikings.

Mauti was forced to miss Friday's practice due to an undisclosed illness, but the starting outside linebacker will be ready for Sunday's playoff tilt.

Daniel Lasco
News
Lasco (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.

Injury
Neck - Injured Reserve
Vonn Bell
News
Bell had eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's division-round loss to the Vikings.

Despite not starting most of the year, Bell saw plenty of playing time this season in the Saints' frequent, three-safety lineups. In fact, the second-year safety's 83 total tackles in the regular season actually led the Saints. Bell nevertheless saw his production surge after starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve in December, notching 27 total tackles in the Saints' last three games (including the postseason). Vaccaro is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and could draw big interest on the open market. If he departs, Bell would slot in as the Saints starting strong safety, which could make him a coveted target in IDP drafts next season. Yet, even if Vaccaro returns, Bell should still be worthy of IDP consideration given his strong play over the course of the year.

Justin Hardee
News
Hardee (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Hardee started off the week not practicing but progressed to full participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 23-year-old should serve in his usual role as a special teams contributor against the Falcons this week.

Dan Arnold
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Shayne Skov
News
Skov (knee) was released by the 49ers on Tuesday.

The Stanford product was placed on injured reserve in November due to a knee injury. He registered 10 tackles on the year playing a primarily special teams role. His release was the result of a failed physical, so his knee presumably has yet to fully recover.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Klein was inactive this past Sunday due to a groin injury he suffered in Week 14's loss to the Falcons, and the Saints have now decided to officially end the linebacker's season. Klein posted career-highs across the board in his first season with New Orleans, ending his campaign with 54 tackles (37 solo), four passes defensed, two sacks and a forced fumble in 12 games. Look for Manti Te'o to see increased defensive reps for the remainder of the season with Klein sidelined.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Manti Te'o
News
Te'o made five tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card win over the Panthers.

Te'o played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to seven special-teams snaps. Te'o has notched 36 total tackles in the five games since starting at middle linebacker after AJ Klein (groin) was lost of the season. While not a flashy performer, Te'o should continue to be a quality IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues. The Saints will travel to Minnesota for next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.

Drew Brees
News
Though Brees is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March, when asked following Sunday's playoff loss to the Vikings if he considered himself a part of the Saints' future, he replied, "I do," the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, continues to play at a very high level, having passed for 4,334 yards this past season, while logging a 23:8 TD:INT ratio. Meanwhile, top backup Chase Daniel is also slated to become a free agent this offseason and No. 3 signal-caller Taysom Hill is signed through 2019. Expect the Saints to make re-signing Brees -- who has excelled as the team's franchise QB since 2006 -- an offseason priority, and given his desire to remain with the team, we'd be surprised if the two sides aren't able to strike a deal down the road.

John Fullington
No Updates
Travin Dural
News
Dural signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Dural spent the season on the Saints' practice squad but will now get an opportunity to showcase his abilities this offseason in hopes of landing a spot on the active roster in 2018.

Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin 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.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman, who did not play in the Saints' 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings due to a neck injury, finished the 2017 regular season with 23 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

Coleman appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans and the three touchdowns tied a career high. An excellent run blocker, Coleman saw substantial playing time as the Saints' No. 3 receiver but the former Rutgers product was generally an afterthought in the passing game. Coleman is only 24 years old and will be an restricted free agent this offseason. At 6-foot-6, another team could sign him with in hopes of turning him into a dangerous red-zone target. However, if Coleman returns to New Orleans next season he will probably need an injury to one of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn) in order to make a significant fantasy impact.

Josh Hill
News
Hill caught three of six targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

Hill made some clutch plays in the second half, including an 18-yard reception on the Saints' final scoring drive. In total, the Hill's 54 receiving yards were a season high and his three catches also matched his season best. Even before Coby Fleener suffered a season-ending head injury in Week 12, Hill had moved ahead of Fleener on the Saints' tight-end depth chart. Nevertheless, Hill's impact as a starter was minimal, as he finished the season with just 125 and one touchdown on 16 receptions. With Fleener's health status for 2018 up in the air, Hill could again begin next season as the Saints' nominal tight-end starter, but he probably has not shown enough to warrant much fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues even if he retains the starting job.

Sterling Moore
News
Moore re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Moore is back in the Bayou after being released by the Saints last week. Starting safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve Thursday, leaving a spot open for Moore on the active roster. Moore played rotationally on defense for the Saints in his five games with the team and can be expected to fill a similar role as the team heads into the postseason.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley (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.

Injury
Illness - Out for the start of training camp
Michael Thomas
News
Thomas caught seven of 13 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

Although his team wasn't able to pull out the victory, Thomas put together a very impressive performance against a secondary that allowed a league-low 6.0 yards per pass attempt during the regular season. In fact, Thomas was giving Vikings' first-team All-Pro corner Xavier Rhodes fits throughout most of the game, causing Rhodes to get visibly upset on multiple occasions. It's clear the second-year receiver has already established himself as an upper-echelon NFL wideout after backing up his prolific rookie season with a 100-catch, 1,000-yard season during the 2017 campaign. With the Saints set to bring back practically all of its key offensive cogs next season, there's nothing to suggest Thomas can't continue to produce at this rate.

John Phillips
News
The Saints signed Phillips to a contract Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The Saints have yet to announce a corresponding move to open up a roster spot for Phillips, but his addition could speak to some concern the team might have about the health of fellow tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and Garrett Griffin (undisclosed). Per Teope, Griffin was absent from the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice. Phillips previously appeared with one game for the Saints in Week 16 against the Falcons, logging only eight offensive snaps.

Zach Strief
News
Strief (knee) indicated Tuesday that he's considering retirement after undergoing season-ending surgery in November to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "As much time as you have [to think about retirement], the finality of a season always kind of brings with it new feelings and different feelings," Strief said. "So I think it's always something that you kind of take a couple weeks and get away from it completely and then make that decision."

Coming off one of his best seasons in 2016, Strief was limited to just two appearances during the past season before landing on injured reserve. The 34-year-old right tackle, who has spent his entire 12-year career in New Orleans, said he believes he can come back and be physically ready to play in 2018, but it's unclear if he's mentally prepared for the rigors of another NFL campaign. In the event Strief does decide to call it quits, the Saints are well positioned to replace him after rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk performed admirably in the veteran's stead.

Injury
Knee - ACL + MCL - Injured Reserve
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson made five tackles (one solo) in Sunday's 31-26 playoff win over the Panthers.

Robertson played 66 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps against Carolina, in addition to 12 special teams snaps, but was quiet most of the afternoon. After logging a career-best 115 total tackles last year, Robertson has been much less productive in his second season in New Orleans, with a mere 80 total tackles this year. Still, Robertson remains one of the Saints' starting linebackers and should be at least a decent IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues against the Vikings next week.

Jonathan Williams
News
Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams joined the Saints a little under two weeks ago after Daniel Lasco (neck) was moved to injured reserve, but the former Arkansas standout has yet to make his New Orleans debut. That's unlikely to change anytime soon unless one of the three running backs ahead of Williams on the depth chart -- Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and Trey Edmunds -- suffers an injury.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The move forces the Saints to cut defensive back Sterling Moore. Freeny's signing likely has to do with linebacker A.J. Klein's (groin) doubtful status for Sunday's inter-conference matchup with the Jets. Freeny did not see much of the field in his previous stop with the Patriots -- recording only two tackles in four games -- but he could be thrust into action right away for New Orleans with Klein injured and linebackers Alex Anzalone (shoulder) and Nathan Stupar (knee) on injured reserve.

P.J. Williams
News
Williams recorded 47 tackles (34 solo), nine passes defensed and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017.

Williams notched career-highs across the board in 2017, as the cornerback was finally able to stay on the field for all 16 contests after two injury-plagued seasons to start his career. While Ken Crawley ended the season as the starting cornerback alongside Marshon Lattimore, Williams still managed to record just under 40 defensive reps per game in the regular season. He now heads into a contract year with the Saints and he'll have to prove his 2017 numbers were no fluke if he hopes to sign a long-term extension.

Ted Ginn
News
Ginn caught eight of 11 targets for 72 yards during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He also took one carry for eleven yards.

Ginn could've had a bigger day had a 29-yard touchdown not been called back due to penalty. Still, he fared well against a tough Vikings secondary that ranked among the league's best in most defensive categories against the pass during the regular season. Although the Saints are now out of postseason contention, Ginn remains under contract for the next two seasons along with teammate Michael Thomas, though it's worth noting that Willie Snead will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year. Regardless, Ginn has established himself as the Saints' clear No. 2 receiver that possesses high upside with an admittedly low floor as Drew Brees' deep threat. He should be considered more valuable in standard leagues than PPR given the nature of his role.

Zach Wood
News
Wood signed a contract with the Saints on Saturday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

The Saints added Wood to be their long snapper after releasing veteran Jon Dorenbos due to a heart issue.

Mykkele Thompson
News
Thompson (quadriceps) was waived/injured by the Giants on Thursday, The Record's Art Stapleton reports.

Thompson missed the past few days of practice due to an unspecified quadriceps injury. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Michael Hoomanawanui
News
Hoomanawanui did not catch a pass in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the season with just six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.

Hoomanawanui signed a three-year deal with the Saints in March of 2016 and is expected to return to New Orleans for his 10th NFL season in 2018. The big tight end is an excellent blocker who helped the Saints average nearly 130 rushing yards per game. Hoomanawanui, however, has never been much of a receiver, as he has a career high of just 13 receptions. He will therefore be off the fantasy radar again in 2018.

Rafael Bush
News
Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.

Mark Ingram
News
Ingram carried 10 times for 25 yards while catching his only target for three yards during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to Minnesota.

Ingram didn't find any daylight against a Vikings defense that allowed just 3.7 yards per carry during the regular season. His production certainly was aided by the fact the Saints fell behind 17-0 by halftime and likely weren't able to keep the ball on the ground as often as they might've liked. Altogether it was another unproductive performance for a running back who was among the most reliable fantasy assets for the majority of the 2017 season, and he's now been limited to 38.0 total yards per game without a touchdown in his final three outings to close the campaign (including the postseason). While this might leave a bad taste in the mouth's of fantasy owners, the Saints are set to return nearly all key cogs of its offense in 2018 and Ingram should again be primed to helm one of the league's most potent rushing attacks.

Alex Anzalone
News
Anzalone 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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Larry Warford
News
Warford (concussion) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Warford sustained the concussion while making a tackle in Sunday's game against the Jets, but he was able to progress through the concussion protocol this week and is expected to play Week 16.

Nate Theaker
No Updates
Adam Bighill
News
The Saints waived Bighill on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Bighill's stint on the 53-man roster was short, as he was just picked up Monday. He presumably will clear waivers and either revert to the practice squad or look for a new opportunity.

Tommylee Lewis
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Lewis played only one offensive snap in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the 2017 regular season with 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown and two carries for 14 yards in 15 games. He also averaged 23.6 yards on 13 kickoff returns and 8.2 yards on 14 punt returns.

Lewis never topped 16 offensive snaps in any game this season but saw some playing time as a slot receiver early in the season. During the second half of the year, however, Lewis was almost exclusively limited to special-teams work. With both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman restricted free agents this offseason, there's an outside chance that Lewis could see his role grow next season if neither return. At 5-foot-7, however, it seems more likely that Lewis will remain a gadget player in the Saints offense, giving him limited fantasy appeal except in leagues that award points for return yardage.

John Hughes
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The 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.

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Biceps - Injured Reserve
Taysom Hill
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Hill did not register in the box score in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round defeat to the Vikings but he played 19 special-teams snaps and narrowly missed blocking a punt in the second half.

A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last year's NFL Draft before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur next season, as Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason, but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to serve as Brees' backup in 2018. Though Hill has a checkered medical history from his time in college that included four season-ending injuries, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.

Woodrow Hamilton
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Hamilton signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Hamilton was waived with an injury settlement by the Patriots in early September and was residing on the Saints practice squad. The 25-year-old should serve a reserve role in New Orleans' defensive line rotation with Tony McDaniel (undisclosed) placed on injured reserve.

Gerald Hodges
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The Saints will sign Hodges to a contract later Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The addition of Hodges will help shore up the Saints' depth at outside linebacker after Alex Anzalone (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve following the team's last game Oct. 1 against the Dolphins. It's unclear if Hodges, who logged 83 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in 15 games with the 49ers in 2016, will carve out a meaningful role right away for New Orleans, keeping him off the IDP radar for now.

David Onyemata
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Onyemata recorded 38 tackles (18 solo), two sacks, and one pass defensed across 16 games in 2017.

It was only the second season that Onyemata played American, 11-man football, as the 25-year-old was drafted out of the University of Manitoba and didn't start playing organized football until 2011. That being said, Onyemata made major strides in 2017, recording career-highs across the board, including his first career sack in Week 4. Look for the defensive tackle to continue to make strides in year three.

Willie Snead
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Snead caught two passes on three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

With Brandon Coleman out with a neck injury, Snead played 46 of the Saints' 68 offensive snaps (68 percent). Despite the increased playing time, Snead had only a modest impact on the box score. Nevertheless, former undrafted free agent was at the heart of one of the wildest finishes in playoff history. With the Saints down just six with a little over nine minutes to play in the game, Snead, a former high school quarterback, overthrew running back Alvin Kamara on a trick play that could have been a 64-yard touchdown. Snead, however, made up for his mistake with a clutch 13-yard reception on fourth-and-10 with under a left in the game -- a play which led to a Wil Lutz field goal to give the Saints a one-point lead before Stefon Diggs' 61-yard touchdown catch won the game for the Vikings on the final play. After notching nearly 70 catches and 1,000 yards in both 2015 and 2016, Snead appeared to fall behind Coleman on the receiver depth chart and finished a suspension- and injury-plagued campaign with only eight catches for 92 yards in 11 games. Snead will be a restricted free agent this offseason but even if he returns to New Orleans he will not be a particularly attractive fantasy target in 2018 so long as Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn remain ahead of him on the Saints depth chart.

Sheldon Rankins
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Rankins recorded 26 tackles (16 solo), two sacks, one pass defensed, one interception and one forced fumble across 16 games in 2017.

The 2016, 12th overall selection's performance in 2017 may look underwhelming on paper, but the defensive tackle had a major impact transforming the Saints' defense in 2017. Although he played seven more games than his rookie season, Rankins statistical totals almost mirror his rookie totals -- his sack total was also cut in half in 2017. However, Rankins split time on the inside and outside of the defensive line for portions of the season, filling in for Alex Okafor (Achilles), who ended up on injured reserve. Playing defensive tackle doesn't necessarily draw great statistical numbers, but Rankins' leadership and playmaking ability deems him one of the most valuable members of the Saints' defense.

Kenny Vaccaro
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Vaccaro (groin) finished the season with 60 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks and a career-high three interceptions in just 12 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. 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. The former first-round pick has flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential but he has also battled injuries 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. Nevertheless, wherever Vaccaro ends up, he will likely continue to be an IDP asset as long as he is healthy.

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Groin - Injured Reserve
Alex Jenkins
No Updates
Chase Daniel
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Daniel played in just one game this season but did not attempt a pass.

Daniel signed with the Saints this offseason but did not play a meaningful snap as the backup to Drew Brees, who has missed just two games in his 12 seasons in New Orleans. Daniel is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but having attempted only 78 career passes in his first eight seasons, he will almost certainly remain a backup with whatever team he signs.

Tony McDaniel
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The Saints placed McDaniel on injured reserve Monday with an undisclosed injury, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McDaniel played 12 of 74 defensive snaps in Sunday's wild-card victory over the Panthers, but the nature of the injury remains unclear. Defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton was signed to the 53-man roster and should serve a reserve role on the defensive line.

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Leg - Injured Reserve
Devaroe Lawrence
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The 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.

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Undisclosed - Out for the start of training camp
De'Vante Harris
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Harris signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Joel Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Harris began the 2017 season atop the Saints' depth chart but quickly fell from grace, which ultimately led to his release from the team in early December. The 24-year-old recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games.

Cameron Tom
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John Kuhn
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Kuhn (biceps) was designated Wednesday as one of the Saints' two players that can return from injured reserve, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Kuhn resumed practicing Wednesday and will be eligible to return to the 53-man roster for the divisional round of the playoffs, if the Saints should advance. Given how well the New Orleans rushing attack has performed with Zach Line at fullback, it's not entirely clear where Kuhn would fit in on offense.

Injury
Biceps - Injured Reserve
Wil Lutz
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Lutz made three extra-point tries and a 43-yard field goal in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He also missed a 58-yard field goal.

Lutz appeared to have sent the Saints to the NFC title game when he booted a clutch field goal to give New Orleans the lead with only 25 seconds remaining in the contest, only to have Stefon Diggs' miracle catch-and-run abruptly eject New Orleans from the playoff field. Still, Lutz had a terrific sophomore season, converting 31-of-36 field-goal attempts and 47-of-50 extra-point kicks. So long Drew Brees -- who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- returns to New Orleans in 2018, Lutz should enter the year as one of the better kicking options in fantasy leagues, as the Saints' high-powered offense should provide him plenty of scoring opportunities.

Bryce Harris
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Harris signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Harris has been signed and released by the Saints numerous times over the last couple seasons, and adds some depth at offensive tackle with Andrus Peat (lower leg) landing on injured reserve.

Marcus Williams
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Williams had five tackles (three solo) and an interception in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

Despite another solid statistical performance -- including nabbing a momentum-shifting interception in the second half -- all anyone will remember from the Saints' playoff defeat is Williams' incredible misplay on the game's final play, in which the rookie safety whiffed on a simple tackle that almost certainly would have clinched the game for New Orleans. Notwithstanding Williams' memorable mistake, the former Utah product started all 15 regular-season games he played in after being picked by the Saints in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A ball-hawking free safety in college, Williams was critical to the Saints' remarkable defensive turnaround, recording 73 total tackles and four interceptions in his first NFL season. Williams should again start at free safety in New Orleans next season and his playmaking potential and dependable tackle production should make him a quality option in many IDP leagues.

Alvin Kamara
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Kamara rushed 11 times for 43 yards while catching four of seven targets for 62 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings.

Both Kamara -- who averaged 6.1 yards per carry during the regular season -- and backfield counterpart Mark Ingram were stifled by the Vikings' stout run defense. However, as we experienced on multiple occasions throughout his rookie campaign, Kamara salvaged his fantasy line with a strong showing in the passing game, where his 14-yard touchdown grab gave New Orleans its first lead of the game with just three minutes left in regulation. The Tennessee product and Rookie of the Year candidate will now enter his first full NFL offseason training program with his team out of postseason contention and, especially since the Saints are returning all key offensive cogs in 2018, should indisputably be in the first-round conversation in advance of 2018 fantasy drafts after averaging the most yards per touch in NFL history as a rookie.

Andrus Peat
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The ligament damage in Peat's injured knee "wasn't as bad as was feared," Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

Although Peat is headed to injured reserve, per Rapoport, it's a fortunate development that his injury is less severe than originally thought. In fact, the offensive lineman is believed to be able to fully recover from the damage. However, it's not clear when he could be back on the field again.

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Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (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.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Thomas Morstead
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Morstead played through torn cartilage in his ribs during Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round loss to the Vikings, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Morstead suffered the injury in the first quarter after tackling Vikings return man Marcus Sherels. The punter was in visible pain the rest of the way, but after receiving an anesthetic, he wasn't forced to exit early and even contributed two kicks that traveled 56 and 54 yards. Though he'll be forced to spent the next 4-to-6 weeks rehabbing the injury, Morstead was fortunate to avoid any fractures to his ribs, which likely would have required a lengthier recovery timetable.

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Ribs - Questionable for the start of training camp
Coby Fleener
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Fleener (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.

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Concussion - Injured Reserve
David Parry
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Parry'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.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Zach Line
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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 he 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 playing in 2018, he will be off the fantasy radar.

George Johnson
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The Saints and Johnson agreed to a contract Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Johnson was let go by the Lions on Nov. 24 after suiting up in four games with the club. The veteran is expected to provide depth along the Saints' defensive line.

Austin Carr
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Carr (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt versus the Patriots, John DeShazier of the team's official site reports.

Just picked up off waivers after final cuts, Carr won't have a chance to face his old Patriots teammates on Sunday. The 23-year-old may have an uphill battle for active status this season, particularly after Willie Snead (suspension) returns in Week 4.

Chris Banjo
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Banjo agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.

Max Unger
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Unger (foot) passed his physical examination Thursday, John DeShazier of the team's official site reports.

Unger has been recovering from a Lisfranc injury he suffered from in Week 13 of last season, but with the passing of his physical, it looks as though the lineman will meet his goal of returning for the Saints' third preseason game.

Alex Okafor
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Okafor was diagnosed with a torn Achilles after being evaluated Monday and will miss the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

As the Saints had feared when Okafor was carted off the field in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Redskins, the starting defensive end sustained a significant injury and will likely be headed to injured reserve. Okafor, who signed a one-year, $2 million contract in March, has been an unsung hero of the Saints' defensive turnaround this season, recording 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games. With surgery awaiting him and potentially keeping him sidelined to begin the 2018 campaign, Okafor may have a cool market as he heads into free agency this winter. The Saints, meanwhile, are expected to rely on a rotation of Hau'oli Kikaha and Trey Hendrickson to fill the defensive end spot opposite top pass rusher Cameron Jordan.

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Achilles - Injured Reserve
Marshon Lattimore
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Lattimore recorded 52 tackles (43 solo), 18 passes defensed, five interceptions and one forced fumble across 13 games in his rookie season.

The 11th overall pick of last year's draft immediately started paying dividends for the Saints, helping to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards allowed in 2016. His five interceptions led all rookies and tied him for fifth-best in the league. Only 21, the sky is the limit for the former Ohio State Buckeye, who will enter the offseason as the Saints top cornerback.

Al-Quadin Muhammad
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Muhammad is inactive due to coach's decision for the Saints Week 2 matchup with the Patriots, Scott DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Muhammad is little more than a backup lineman for New Orleans. He didn't see any run on defense in Week 1 and was on the field for just five special teams snaps. His absence shouldn't have much of an impact on the team.

Kasim Edebali
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Edebali was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Thursday, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Edebali has spent time with the Broncos, Lions and Rams this season, but also spent 2014-16 with the Saints. The 28-year-old takes the roster spot of Hau'oli Kikaha (ankle) and should serve as a depth option in the defensive line rotation.

Gabe Ikard
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Ikard (concussion) was waived by the Browns on Monday, Mary Kat Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

The offensive lineman has been sidelined for most of training camp with the concussion, which undermined his chances of winning a roster spot. Once his concussion symptoms subside, Ikard could look to sign with the Browns or another organization.