New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd70.5 (28th)316.0 (2nd)
Defense32nd124.0 (24th)388.5 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
47Anzalone, Alex OLB6-32419/22/1994RFlorida
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19915Arkansas-Pine Bluff
31Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
48Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197917Purdue
25Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
80Carr, Austin WR6-119512/25/1993RNorthwestern
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
33Edmunds, Trey RB6-222312/30/1994RMaryland
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19932Texas A&M
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
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19888Illinois
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
41Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/1995RTennessee
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
53Klein, A.J. OLB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
90Langford, Kendall DE6-62991/27/198610Hampton
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
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19942Georgia State
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
97Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE6-42503/28/1995RMiami (Fla.)
57Okafor, Alex DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
93Onyemata, David DT6-430011/13/19922Manitoba (Canada)
54Parry, David NT6-23173/7/19923Stanford
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
28Peterson, Adrian RB6-12203/21/198511Oklahoma
71Ramczyk, Ryan T6-63144/22/1994RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198412Virginia Tech
51Te'o, Manti MLB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
67Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
26Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
43Williams, Marcus FS6-11959/8/1996RUtah
49Wood, Zach LS6-32551/10/1993RSouthern Methodist
Injured Players
66Allen, Jack (IR) C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
85Arnold, Dan (IR) WR6-6220//RWis.-Platteville
42Braman, Bryan (IR) LB6-52415/4/19877West Texas A&M
40Breaux, Delvin (IR) CB6-121010/25/19893LSU
11Fuller, Corey (IR) WR6-22006/23/19904Virginia Tech
80Harbor, Clay (IR) TE6-32407/2/19878Missouri State
70Loewen, Mitchell (IR) DE6-52752/14/19931Arkansas
73Wallace, Martin (IR) T6-63114/22/19902Temple
Practice Squad
99Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/19881Central Washington
14Dural, Travin WR6-220611/19/1993RLSU
77Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
 Hardee, Justin DB6-12002/7/1994RIllinois
74Jenkins, Alex DE6-62701/15/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
 Lasco, Daniel RB6-120510/9/19922California
37Maulet, Arthur CB5-101907/13/1993RMemphis
 Sylve, Bradley DB6-01801/29/1993RAlabama
63Tom, Cameron C6-42876/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/19932North Carolina
Suspended Players
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-5310.86-3282.126.42138
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
News
Hendrickson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hendrickson was limited in practice this week after suffering the knee injury against the Patriots on Sunday. The rookie defensive end played more snaps that expected in his NFL debut and could increase his role if he is able to play against the Panthers this week.

Injury
Knee - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 at Carolina
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 returned to practice Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.comreports.

Kelemete was taken off the PUP list Wednesday after landing on the list early last week. Given his availability, it appears he'll reassume his position along the starting offensive line.

Tyeler Davison
News
Davison (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.

Terron Armstead
News
Armstead (shoulder) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Armstead has yet to play this season after spending the preseason on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a labrum injury. The Saints offensive line could be in trouble against the Panthers stout defense with starting right tackle Zach Strief (knee) also ruled out.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 at Carolina
Arthur Maulet
News
Maulet was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

With the Saints thin in the secondary, Maulet has a chance to contribute Sunday. Regardless of whether he is asked to play with the defensive unit or special teams, Maulet holds minimal fantasy value entering Sunday's game.

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
Martin Wallace
News
Wallace (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve.

It still isn't clear what Wallace is dealing with, or when he could be back in action.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (leg) was officially placed on the Saints' injured reserve-return list Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Breaux's injury timeline made him a strong candidate to be placed on this list. He suffered a fractured tibia and is still expected to be sidelined at least another month. The 27-year-old will be eligible to return for the Saints' Week 10 matchup against the Bills.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Ken Crawley
News
Crawley is a coach's decision inactive against the Patriots in Week 2, Scott DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Crawley is a backup corner for New Orleans and is likely getting bumped from active status as a result of the team's overall health. He shouldn't be expected to see a significant role this year unless injuries force him up the depth chart.

Mitchell Loewen
News
Loewen was placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to a high-ankle sprain, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Loewen suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The Saints signed defensive tackle David Parry from the practice squad to take Loewen's place on the 53-man roster.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan notched a sack and four tackles (two solo) in Monday night's loss to the Vikings.

Jordan started the season on a strong note and he also nearly made a terrific interception on a tipped pass in the red zone. An excellent pass rusher and a stout run defender, the Pro Bowl defensive end remains the Saints' best defensive player and should be in store for another productive season in the Big Easy.

Trey Edmunds
No Updates
Nate Stupar
News
Stupar (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Stupar was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but he'll ultimately be able to suit up and play through the hamstring issue. Starting outside linebacker Stephone Anthony (ankle) has been ruled out, so Stupar could be in line for additional snaps if Hau'oli Kikaha were to suffer an injury of his own as well.

Josh LeRibeus
No Updates
Daniel Lasco
News
Lasco was waived by the Saints on Friday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The Saints feature a plethora of talent at running back with Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, so this isn't too surprising. Lasco was been a core special teams player for New Orleans in his rookie season, and could easily end up back on the roster at various times this season.

Vonn Bell
News
Bell (wrist) returned to practice for Thursday's OTA session, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Bell was held out of the entirety of last week's OTAs, but his wrist injury was never considered serious. He should be good to go moving forward, and after posting 87 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles across 16 games (14 starts) during his rookie season, Bell should be back in a similar role with the top unit.

Justin Hardee
No Updates
Bryan Braman
News
Braman (undisclosed) reached an injury settlement with the Saints on Saturday, freelance NFL reporter Adam Caplan reports.

The nature of the injury remains unclear, but Braman is now available to sign elsewhere if he is able to play.

Injury
Undisclosed - Out for Week 3 at Carolina
Dan Arnold
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
A.J. Klein
News
Klein made 11 tackles (eight solo) in Monday night's loss to the Vikings.

Starting at outside linebacker in his Saints debut, Klein played every defensive snap and led the team in tackles. Klein spent the last four seasons backing up perennial Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly in Carolina, but the run-stuffing linebacker looks poised for a breakout statistical campaign in his first season in New Orleans.

Manti Te'o
News
Te'o notched nine tackles (seven solo), a sack and three tackles for loss in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers.

According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Te'o appears to be the front-runner to start at middle linebacker in the Saints' base 4-3 defense. The Saints took a chance on Te'o, who is coming off a torn Achilles, by signing the fifth-year linebacker to an incentive-laden two-year deal this offseason. While injuries have plagued the former Notre Dame star throughout his young career, when healthy, Te'o has been a consistent performer. Te'o may leave the field on passing downs, but as long as he starts and, most importantly, remains healthy, he's a good bet for solid production at a reasonable price in IDP formats.

Drew Brees
News
Brees completed 27 of 45 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England. He also fumbled during the contest.

As was the case in Week 1 against Minnesota, a late touchdown toss made the beat-down look a bit more palatable than it actually was, but make no mistake about New Orleans' early performance - it hasn't been good. Brees lost Brandin Cooks who, even when not utilized was capable of keeping defenses honest, in the offseason and he essentially replaced him with Ted Ginn Jr. Perhaps most troubling, New Orleans' defensive struggles have put the team's offense in a bind by taking away the run. This style of play is conducive to a ton of attempts for Brees, but will make it hard for the Saints to punch it into the end zone as defenses play conservative while preserving big leads.

John Fullington
No Updates
Travin Dural
News
Dural was released by the Saints on Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Dural shined in the Saints' final preseason game Thursday with four catches for 56 yards, but didn't appear in the previous three contests. The 23-year-old was dealing with a shoulder injury in July after going undrafted out of LSU in April.

Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman caught four passes on six targets for 82 yards, including a five-yard touchdown, in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Coleman was one of the few bright spots for the Saints, as he made a couple of big plays in the passing game for a stagnant New Orleans offense. Moreover, he actually saw his playing time increase from Week 1, garnering 58 offensive snaps (89 percent) against the Patriots -- the same amount as No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas and substantially more than Ted Ginn (43 snaps). Coleman's playing time is likely to take a hit once Willie Snead returns from suspension, but with Snead still sidelined for another week, Coleman could be a sneaky fantasy play in Week 3 against the Panthers for risk-tolerant owners who are willing to stomach his week-to-week inconsistency.

Josh Hill
News
Hill caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England.

Hill saw the field for 26 of the Saints' 65 offensive plays and has been on the field almost as much, 40.2 percent of offensive plays, as starter Coby Fleener, 50.4 percent. Fleener is definitely the more valuable of the two, emerging early this season as a quality red-zone target, and New Orleans' offense is not exactly worthy of wagon-hitching at this point. That said, the difference between Hill's playing time as the backup as compared to Fleener's is fairly unique.

Sterling Moore
News
Moore (chest) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Moore suffered the chest injury against the Patriots on Sunday and was never more than a limited participant in practice this week. Ken Crawley and De"Vante Harris are slated for increased roles in Week 3 with Marshon Lattimore (concussion) also ruled out.

Injury
Chest - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 at Carolina
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 Week 3 at Carolina
Michael Thomas
News
Thomas caught five of 10 targets for 89 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England.

It was a better look for Thomas after being held to 45 yards in the opener, but the Saints' offense looks out of sync to start the season. That dysfunction could be to both the benefit and detriment of Thomas fantasy owners. On one hand, the second-year receiver had led the team in targets in each of the first two weeks to start the season, and, unless wholesale changes are made on defense, the team will likely be throwing plenty in an effort to make up deficits this season. Conversely, the Saints got rid of Brandin Cooks in the offseason without a real replacement for the attention he garnered from defenses. Consequently, defenses know that they have to try to take Thomas away, which could be one reason why he's been able to catch just 10 of 18 targets to start the season.

Zach Strief
News
Strief (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Strief did not practice this week after spraining his MCL in the season opener. The Saints will be without both starting offensive tackles against the Panthers on Sunday, with Terron Armstead (shoulder) also ruled out.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 at Carolina
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson had 115 tackles (71 solo), one sack, one interception, and two fumble recoveries in 15 games in 2016.

In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.

Adrian Peterson
News
Peterson ran for 26 yards on eight carries in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Less than a week after reportedly being frustrated for not having a chance to run it up Minnesota's donkey, Peterson again was mostly quiet against the Patriots. The odds of things getting better for Peterson are bleak unless there are significant changes soon. Always a peculiar fit in New Orleans -- given his downhill style and the Saints' penchant for spreading it out -- the team has little use for Peterson's talents when trailing by multiple scores for large chunks of a game, as they have against the Vikings and Patriots. Sean Payton is excellent at incorporating backs into the passing game, but both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are better than Peterson in that regard, often rendering the latter a spectator for long stretches.

P.J. Williams
News
Williams led the Saints with 10 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

A cornerback leading a team in tackles typically does not speak highly of their coverage skills. Opposing quarterback Tom Brady was picking on the 24-year-old throughout the contest, but Williams was unable to take advantage of any throws in his neighborhood. He will matchup against Cam Newton and the Panthers next week in Carolina.

Corey Fuller
News
Fuller (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

This is the first we've heard of Fuller having an injury. It isn't clear what he's dealing with, but he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the season.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Bradley Sylve
No Updates
Ted Ginn
News
Ginn had three receptions on six targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots. He also had one punt return for 16 yards.

After a solid Week 1 performance, Ginn fell flat in his first game in the Superdome donning the gold and black. With Willie Snead still suspended, Ginn actually ceded playing time to Brandon Coleman, who saw 58 offensive snaps (89 percent) compared to Ginn's 43 snaps. Ginn did not always appear to be on the same page as quarterback Drew Brees, which may explain the reduced playing time. One play in particular stands out. Down 27-13 and driving late in the second quarter, Brees threw a deep ball on fourth down to Ginn, who had beaten his man by a few steps. The catchable pass was thrown to the outside shoulder, but Ginn failed to adjust to it and it fell incomplete, leaving Brees visibly frustrated. While Ginn will likely make some big plays as the season wears on and he gets on the same page with his new quarterback, the speedy receiver has been an inconsistent fantasy option throughout his career, and that trend appears likely to continue in New Orleans.

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.

Michael Hoomanawanui
News
Hoomanawanui (ankle) has been cleared to take part in the Saints' offseason workout program, which begins Monday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.

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.

Kendall Langford
News
Langford was released by the Saints on Saturday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Langford's release reflects the Saints pursuit of added secondary depth for Sunday's contest. There's a chance he'll be re-signed after Sunday, but until then he's free to sign anywhere.

Mark Ingram
News
Ingram ran for 52 yards on eight carries and added 24 yards on four catches in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England.

Ingram was quiet for much of Sunday's game minus a 28-yard run on the last play of the contest. The Saints as a whole appears to be in trouble and it's not looking great for Ingram, either. Playing from behind, as New Orleans has through the first two weeks, neutralizes the running game. Moreover, the efforts being made to incorporate Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara have led to a situation in which there may be too many mouths to feed and fewer opportunities for Ingram to get in rhythm through either the ground or air. Ingram has averaged just 11.5 touches per game thus far this season, down from an average of 17.6 over the past three seasons.

Alex Anzalone
News
The Saints selected Anzalone in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 76th overall.

Anzalone is a bit of a durability worry, but when healthy he was a standout contributor on Florida's dominant defense. He's a very good athlete at the least, running a 4.63-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. He's not necessarily likely to start as a rookie, but the Saints are weak enough at linebacker that it shouldn't be ruled out.

Larry Warford
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
News
Lewis caught two passes on two targets for 52 yards in Monday night's loss to the Vikings.

Lewis did all of his damage on a 52-yard reception over the top of the defense -- a play on which he was barely tripped up at the 10-yard line. There was some thought that Lewis may see additional time in the slot while Willie Snead serves a three-game suspension, but Lewis played only 11 offensive snaps (18 percent) against the Vikings. As such, it appears the 5-foot-7 speedster should still be viewed as a gadget player in the Saints offense and will therefore remain a risky fantasy option until he sees an increase in playing time.

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

Hill is expected to retain this same status throughout the season, barring an injury to either Drew Brees or backup Chase Daniel.

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
News
The NFL suspended Snead (undisclosed) for the first three games of the regular season Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Snead violated the NFL's policy for substances of abuse with an offseason DUI offense, precipitating the suspension. Fortunately for the Saints, the ban was reduced from four games to three, allowing Snead to make his season debut in Week 4 at Miami. During his time on the sideline, the Saints will likely lean on Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis opposite Michael Thomas to keep the offense humming.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 at Miami
Sheldon Rankins
News
Rankins 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.

Kenny Vaccaro
News
Vaccaro has been suspended for violating the NFL's PED policy and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.

Alex Jenkins
No Updates
Chase Daniel
News
Daniel (ankle) was a full practice participant Friday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Daniel's quick return to full participation suggests he should be fine to back up Drew Brees on Monday. The Saints recently signed undrafted rookie Taysom Hill to serve as their No. 3 quarterback.

Devaroe Lawrence
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Out for Week 3 at Carolina
De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Cameron Tom
No Updates
Wil Lutz
News
Lutz made two of three field-goal attempts and converted two extra-point tries in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Lutz's missed field goal -- a 49-yard kick that banged off the upright -- was his first since last November, a streak of 19 straight successful field goals. Although the Saints offense seems uncharacteristically out of sync through its first two games, Lutz has still been busy, and his big leg has allowed him to accrue some solid point totals thus far, especially in fantasy leagues where longer field goals are worth additional points.

Bryce Harris
News
Harris re-signed with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Harris has had an on-and-off-again relationship with the Saints this month, as it is his second time re-signing with the team. He has been the casualty of roster moves but is now back on the 53-man roster. He projects to provide depth on the offensive line going forward.

Marcus Williams
News
The Saints selected Williams in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 42nd overall.

Williams was a ballhawk on a tough Utah defense, finishing 2016 with five interceptions. He went on to show well at the Combine, running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, adding a 43.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump. He might not play much as a rookie with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell already at safety in New Orleans.

Alvin Kamara
News
Kamara caught three of seven passes for 51 yards and rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Similar to the game against the Vikings in Week 1, the Saints found themselves playing catch up most of the afternoon against New England. However, unlike in Week 1 where Kamara played half of the Saints' offensive snaps, the rookie running back was limited to 17 offensive snaps (26 percent) in Week 2. As expected, Kamara appears part of a frustrating three-man committee -- with both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram also seeing touches -- that makes each player's weekly usage difficult to predict and limits the fantasy value of all three. Yet, Kamara's ability to catch passes out of the backfield adds a different dimension to the offense, which should provide him a relatively safe weekly floor, especially in PPR leagues.

Andrus Peat
No Updates
Hau'oli Kikaha
News
Kikaha (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, Amos Morale III of NOLA.com reports.

Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago, and he's finally recovered. The former second-round pick participated in team drills Thursday without any signs of his knee slowing him down and noted that he "feels great physically." Barring any setbacks, he projects to start at defensive end in Week 1.

Thomas Morstead
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Coby Fleener
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Fleener caught three passes on four targets for 33 yards, including a four-yard touchdown, in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

For the second week in a row, Fleener was the recipient of a garbage-time score, with Sunday's touchdown coming with five minutes left in a blowout loss. Still, with only four touchdowns all of last season, owners who took a flier on the inconsistent tight end, who's now in his second year in New Orleans, have to be pleased with the early returns. It would be unwise to expect Fleener to continue his current pace, especially because he continues to split playing time with fellow tight end Josh Hill. However, with Fleener being the preferred option in the passing game, he still has plenty of upside in the Saints' tight end-friendly offense.

David Parry
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Parry (undisclosed) has missed the past two practices, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Parry is in the midst of a tough battle with Johnathan Hankins and Al Woods for the starting nose tackle position. It is believed that Grover Stewart has capability as a tackle as well, so unless Parry is able to get healthy and prove himself in a preseason contest, it'll be a stretch to make the team.

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.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp was released by the Saints on Saturday, Nick reports.

Tapp signed with New Orleans just three days ago so the dismissal is a bit perplexing. The initial thought here is that Tapp might find his way back onto the roster following Sunday's contest. Tapp was released to help reinforce a thin secondary.

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 started and recorded a sack, a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss in about a quarter of action in the Saints' preseason game Sunday against the Chargers.

According to Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Okafor is the clear leader to start at defensive end in Week 1. The Saints have been searching for years for a serviceable starting option opposite Cameron Jordan along the defensive line, and it appears Okafor could be a viable fit after spending the last four seasons in Arizona. While the 26-year-old primarily played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 defensive scheme, he flashed impressive edge-rushing abilities at times. It remains to be seen whether Okafor can provide enough sack to consistently make a fantasy impact, but assuming he's able to lock down a starting gig, he may be worth a flier in deeper IDP formats.

Marshon Lattimore
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Lattimore (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Lattimore did not practice this week and remains in the league's concussion protocol after sustaining the concussion against the Patriots on Sunday. Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris should see expanded roles with Sterling Moore (chest) also ruled out.

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Concussion - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 at Carolina
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.

 

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