New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st135.5 (4th)265.2 (5th)
Defense15th114.3 (19th)216.8 (10th)
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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
33Edmunds, Trey RB6-122312/30/1994RMaryland
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
34Hardee, Justin DB6-02002/7/1994RIllinois
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
92Hughes, John DT6-23204/27/19886Cincinnati
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
 Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19876Rutgers
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
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)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
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
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
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 LS6-32551/10/1993RSouthern Methodist
Injured Players
29Kuhn, John (IR) FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
36Lasco, Daniel (IR) RB6-120510/9/19922California
47Anzalone, Alex (IR) OLB6-32419/22/1994RFlorida
54Stupar, Nate (IR) ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
57Okafor, Alex (IR) DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
64Strief, Zach (IR) T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
66Allen, Jack (IR) C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
70Loewen, Mitchell (IR) DE6-52752/14/19931Arkansas
80Harbor, Clay (IR) TE6-32407/2/19878Missouri State
82Fleener, Coby (IR) TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
85Arnold, Dan (IR) WR6-6220//RWis.-Platteville
Practice Squad
99Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/19881Central Washington
14Dural, Travin WR6-220611/19/1993RLSU
 Ellis, Alex TE6-42452/10/19932Tennessee
77Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
 Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/19922Ole Miss
 Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19932Texas A&M
74Jenkins, Alex DE6-62701/15/1993RIncarnate Word (Tex.)
 Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/19931Cincinnati
 Skov, Shayne LB6-32477/9/19903Stanford
 Theaker, Nate G6-531510/6/1993RWayne State (Mich.)
78Turner, Landon G6-43255/15/19932North Carolina
Suspended Players
58Parry, David NT6-23173/7/19923Stanford
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
News
Hendrickson (ankle) is expected to be out for three weeks, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hendrickson suffered the ankle injury in Thursday's loss to the Falcons, and a timetable of three weeks puts him out for at least the rest of the regular season. With Hendrickson out, Cameron Jordan and Hau'oli Kikaha are left as the only healthy defensive ends on the Saints' active roster.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Doubtful for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
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
Ellis has been signed to the Jaguars active roster.

Ellis has been on Jacksonville's practice squad for the majority of his rookie season, but will now join the Jaguars' active roster and serve as a depth option at tight end.

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, thigh) is active for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

The veteran will continue to play through a couple of lingering injuries. Given the quick turnaround this week, the tackle's ailments will be something to pay extra attention to Thursday night.

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
Saints head coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Breaux (leg) suffered a setback in practice last week that will keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Saints had earmarked a spot for Breaux as one of their two players designated to return from IR, but with Payton indicating that the cornerback's setback with his fractured left fibula would keep him off the field for an additional 3-to-6 weeks, it was easy decision for New Orleans to shut down the 28-year-old for good. With young corners Marshon Lattimore, Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams all playing well and helping stage a dramatic turnaround for a New Orleans secondary that has struggled in recent seasons, Breaux's absence hasn't been felt nearly as much as the Saints may have anticipated heading into 2017.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Ken Crawley
News
Crawley (abdomen) said he expects to play Sunday against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The play of Crawley and fellow starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) has played a large part in the Saints' defensive turnaround, but the team's secondary couldn't hold serve when both players sat out the Week 12 loss to the Rams with injuries, as opposing quarterback Jared Goff amassed 354 yards through the air. Lattimore wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice and looks at risk of missing another game, but the potential return of Crawley would be a boon for the Saints in an important divisional matchup. Crawley could shadow Devin Funchess for most of Sunday's contest if Lattimore is held out.

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
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan had two tackles (both solo) in Thursday night's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

It was a quiet game for the Saints' Pro Bowl defensive end, which shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise against a good Atlanta offensive line. Still, Jordan managed three quarterback hits and was awfully close to sacking Matt Ryan on a number of occasions. Facing a Jets offense that has allowed opponents to sack Josh McCown 35 times this year, Jordan could be in for a nice bounce-back performance in Week 15.

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 agreed to re-sign with the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Mauti, a former Saints' special teams captain, took a break from the field last season to deal with a longtime battle with ulcerative colitis. He returned to training camp this year, but failed to make the final roster. An injury to the team's current special teams captain, Nathan Stupar, presumably opened the door for Mauti's return.

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 made three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win against the Panthers.

Bell again played every defensive snap for the Saints. While the numbers weren't there against Carolina, Bell's 65 total tackles still lead New Orleans, which makes him a solid starting defensive back option in most IDP leagues.

Justin Hardee
No Updates
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 suffered a groin injury Thursday against the Falcons and is questionable to return, Larry Holder of NOLA.com reports.

Klein injured his groin early in the contest and was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation. Look for more updates to come relatively soon, with Gerald Hodges and Manti Te'o likely to see increased defensive reps in Klein's absence.

Injury
Groin - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Doubtful for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
Manti Te'o
News
Te'o made 10 tackles (eight solo) in Thursday night's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

Te'o's 10 total tackles were a season high, as he played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to five special teams snaps, after starting middle linebacker A.J. Klein left the game with a groin injury. The severity of Klein's injury is still unknown, so Te'o could again see substantial playing time in Week 15 against the Jets. It's worth noting, however, that when Klein missed the team's Week 11 tilt against Washington, Te'o could only muster five total tackles.

Drew Brees
News
Brees completed 26 of 35 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons. He also rushed once for two yards.

Brees enjoyed a largely successful night from a fantasy perspective, firing a pair of scores to Michael Thomas and Tommylee Lewis while connecting with eight pass catchers overall. However, his sole interception came at the worst possible time, as Brees threw to Josh Hill while the latter was blanketed in the end zone, resulting in a game-sealing pick by the Falcons' Deion Jones with 1:25 remaining. The 17-year veteran did manage to complete over 70 percent of his passes for the fourth time in the last five contests, but he hasn't fired more than two touchdown passes since Week 3. He also has just three 300-yard efforts on the campaign, a modest number by his lofty standards. Brees will look to improve on both marks against a vulnerable Jets secondary in a Week 15 home tilt.

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 contract with the Saints on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Griffin was signed to help ease the absence of tight end Coby Fleener (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The 29-year-old should slot in as the Saints' No. 3 tight end, but the position hasn't provided a ton of offensive production for the team this season.

Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman caught two passes on three targets for 32 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Falcons.

Coleman got free for a 23-yard catch-and-run on a crossing route but he was quiet otherwise. The big receiver played 32 of 52 offensive snaps (62 percent) for New Orleans but he remains an afterthought in the passing game. He can probably be left on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of leagues.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hill hasn't put in a full practice yet this week, but the Saints haven't provided any indication he's in serious danger of missing the Week 15 matchup with the Jets. He'll likely serve as the Saints' top tight end in that contest, but that role hasn't translated to much fantasy value in recent weeks. Over his last five games, Hill has been targeted just seven times, hauling in five passes for 23 yards and a score.

Injury
Shoulder - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
Sterling Moore
News
Moore was cut by the Saints on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Moore's roster spot will be filled by former Patriot linebacker Jonathan Freeny. The veteran cornerback has already been waived and subsequently signed by the Saints once this season, and will now head back to waivers, where another team will have a chance to sign him. Moore has five tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defended in five games this season.

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 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
Michael Thomas
News
Thomas brought in 10 of 14 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

Thomas paced all pass catchers in receptions and yards while generating his second 100-yard effort of the season. The second-year wideout has touchdowns in back-to-back games and has seen double-digit targets in four of his last six contests. With a clear role as Drew Brees' No. 1 wideout, Thomas will look to exploit a vulnerable Jets secondary in a Week 15 home tilt.

Zach Strief
News
Strief (knee) will not return off injured reserve this season after having surgery to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Strief was placed on injured reserve in early October with the hopes of returning by avoiding surgery, but that ended up not being possible. Now facing a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL at age 34, Strief's NFL future is certainly in doubt.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson had three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win against the Panthers. He also had a fumble recovery.

In addition to playing 47 of the Saints' 57 defensive snaps (82 percent) Sunday, Robertson also saw eight plays on special teams. On one of those special teams snaps, Robertson was in the right place at the right time to recover a Kaelin Clay fumble on a Panthers punt return. While Robertson's performance this year has been up and down, he's playing a ton of snaps for New Orleans, and his 51 total tackles still ranks fourth on the team, making Robertson worthy of starting consideration in many IDP leagues.

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.

P.J. Williams
News
Williams had three tackles (two solo) and an interception in Sunday's 34-13 win against the Panthers.

The interception was the first of Williams' career. Despite entering his third season with the Saints, injuries have limited the 2015 third-round draft pick to only 21 career games. Opposing quarterbacks have picked on Williams in coverage thus far this year -- his 21 total tackles are actually the most by any Saints defender -- but he should continue to play plenty of snaps with Delvin Breaux (broken fibula) out for at least another three weeks. Until Breaux returns, Williams should remain a decent IDP option in many leagues.

Ted Ginn
News
Ginn (ribs) turned in a limited practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Ginn's involvement in practice Thursday suggests that his day off Wednesday was likely for maintenance-related reasons more than out of any overwhelming concern about his injury. if the wideout is able to take part fully Friday, he'll likely enter the Week 15 game against the Jets without an injury designation.

Injury
Ribs - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
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 was targeted once but did not record a catch in Thursday's loss to the Falcons.

Hoomanawanui played 25 of 52 offensive snaps in Atlanta but the big tight end remains behind starting tight end Josh Hill on the depth chart and is primarily a blocker even when he's in the game. Accordingly, Hoomanawanui can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.

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 (toe) rushed 12 times for 49 yards and brought in four of five target for 43 yards in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

Despite backfield mate Alvin Kamara exiting the game for good in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, Ingram was unable to generate much on the ground in what turned out to be a modest number of opportunities. His rushing total presented his second of under 50 yards in the last three contests, and Ingram actually saw a slight drop of two carries over his Week 13 tally despite his lead-back status. He remained an important part of the passing game, however, helping to prop up his night from a fantasy perspective. Ingram will look to bounce back in a Week 15 home showdown against the Jets, a game in which he could be in for an expanded role if Kamara is unable to suit up.

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.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Larry Warford
News
Warford (abdomen) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Warford hasn't been able to play since suffering an abdominal strain in Week 6 against the Packers, but he'll finally make his return after the multigame absence. He'll likely return to his usual role as the Saints' starting left guard with Senio Kelemete providing depth.

Nate Theaker
No Updates
Adam Bighill
News
Bighill was promoted to the Saints' active roster Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Bighill has been on and off with the Saints the entire season, spending time between the practice squad and active roster on a monthly basis. Look for him to play a reserve or special teams role with the team Sunday against the Redskins.

Tommylee Lewis
News
Lewis brought in both of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown while also returning five kickoffs for 121 yards in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

Lewis helped the Saints knot the game up at 10-10 with 1:53 remaining in the first half when he hauled in a 26-yard scoring dart from Drew Brees. The touchdown was the second-year player's first career trip to the end zone. Thursday also marked Lewis' second consecutive game with at least one reception after not having logged a catch in his six prior contests. The speedster's primarily value continues to come on special teams, but he sees the occasional target in the Saints' diversified offense as well. Lewis will look to build on Thursday's effort against the Jets in Week 15.

John Hughes
News
Hughes re-signed with the Saints on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Hughes, who had just been cut by the Saints on Monday, will restock the Saints' depth at defensive tackle. He has made one appearance with the team in 2017, but only saw 11 defensive snaps in that contest.

Taysom Hill
News
Hill made his NFL debut in Sunday's win over the Panthers, recording two tackles on special teams and narrowly missing out on a blocked punt or two in the contest, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

For the first time all season, the Saints dressed all three of their quarterbacks, with head coach Sean Payton desiring to make use of the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Hill's athleticism when injuries took a toll on New Orleans' special-teams units. Suffice to say, the undrafted rookie out of BYU passed the test, with Payton speaking highly of Hill's performance after the contest. During the game broadcast, Fox Sports' Troy Aikman and Joe Buck said Payton had suggested in their pregame meeting that the 27-year-old could eventually be groomed as the successor to Drew Brees under center. 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
News
Hamilton (undisclosed) was waived with an injury settlement by the Patriots on Monday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Hamilton was added to the Patriots injured reserve list due to an undisclosed injury, but the team ultimately decided to part ways with the 24-year-old defensive tackle.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
Gerald Hodges
News
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
No Updates
Willie Snead
News
Snead caught one pass on two targets for zero yards in Thursday night's loss to the Falcons.

Snead played 22 of 52 offensive snaps (42 percent), which represents an increase over prior weeks. Still, Snead was unable to do much of anything with the additional playing time, failing to gain a yard on his only reception. It's been a lost year for a player many pegged to be the primary beneficiary of Brandin Cooks' offseason departure, and there are few signs that things will turn around in the season's final month.

Sheldon Rankins
News
Rankins notched his first sack and interception of the season in Sunday's dominant victory over the Bills.

Rankins was on the field for only 28 defensive snaps (58.0 percent) but he made his presence felt. The 23-year-old intercepted opposing quarterback Tyrod Taylor midway through the third quarter, which resulted in a 27-yard return. He will look to carry his momentum into the Saints' Week 11 matchup versus the Redskins.

Kenny Vaccaro
News
Vaccaro suffered a groin injury and is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Falcons, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Vaccaro missed Week 10 and Week 11 with a groin injury and it now appears he may have aggravated that lingering ailment. Look for more updates to come soon, with Chris Banjo slated to take over at strong safety in Vaccaro's absence.

Injury
Groin - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
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 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
De'Vante Harris
News
Harris was released by the Saints on Saturday, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Harris had 18 tackles (15 solo) in 11 games with the Saints this season. The 24-year-old was let go as the team opted to add cornerback Arthur Maulet from the practice squad.

Cameron Tom
No Updates
Justin Murray
News
Murray was released Friday by the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Murray was entering his second season in the NFL, but was seen as just a depth option for the Broncos at offensive tackle.

John Kuhn
News
Kuhn (biceps) underwent surgery Tuesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kuhn's surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida, and it will effectively keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. The 35-year-old just signed on with the Saints, so whether he stays with them for another season may be an offseason decision.

Injury
Biceps - Injured Reserve
Wil Lutz
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Lutz made one field goal and two extra-point kicks in Thursday night's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

Atlanta dominated the time of possession, which limited the Saints' offensive opportunities. Lutz was also deprived of a field-goal attempt in the final minute of the game when quarterback Drew Brees threw an ill-timed interception in the red zone to seal the loss. It was a tough game for owners relying on Lutz in their fantasy playoffs, but the Saints' kicker should be presented more scoring chances in Week 15 against a Jets defense that ranks in the bottom 10 in the league in points allowed.

Marcus Williams
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Williams had six tackles (five solo) and an interception in Thursday night's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.

The pick was Williams' second of the season. The rookie out of Utah continues to start at free safety for New Orleans and played nearly every defensive snap Thursday after missing last week's contest with a groin injury. Williams is now up to 53 total tackles -- paired with two interceptions -- which makes him worthy of roster consideration in deeper IDP leagues.

Alvin Kamara
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Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that the expectation is for Kamara (concussion) to play Sunday against the Jets.

Kamara already cleared a major hurdle by logging a full practice Wednesday, but there has yet to be concrete news of the back clearing concussion protocol. Payton seems quite confident he will get clearance, but fantasy owners should stay tuned for an official announcement before deploying the back in the playoffs.

Andrus Peat
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Peat (groin) is out for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Peat's name was a surprise appearance on Week 14's injury report, and Senio Kelemete likely will take over at left guard in his absence.

Injury
Groin - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 15 vs. N.Y. Jets
Hau'oli Kikaha
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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 (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.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
David Parry
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Parry (ankle) has received a four-game suspension for his February arrest when he was a member of the Colts, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Parry, who's currently on the Saints' injured reserve list, will have served the entirety of his four-game suspension by the end of the 2017 regular season as Rapoport also notes that Thursday's loss to the Falcons counts as one of the four games. This renders Parry's suspension essentially meaningless, as he's already unable to play in those contests due to his injury.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Zach Line
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Line agreed to a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Line spent time with the Saints in training camp before ultimatley failing to make the final roster. However, with veteran full back John Kuhn landing on injured reserve last week, the Saints have opted to go with Line as a replacement. He does not figure to provide any fantasy value.

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.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Marshon Lattimore
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Lattimore (ankle) is active for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Lattimore returns from a two-game absence Thursday night after being limited in practice the entire week. The rookie will be tasked with containing Julio Jones, which is arguably his toughest challenge so far this season. If he is bothered by the ankle injury, expect P.J. Williams to potentially see increased reps on defense.

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.