Following a dominant week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints fell quickly back down to earth in a week 2 debacle, losing handily to the Carolina Panthers.

While it was one of the worst performances by the team in the last 16 years, they were missing 8 coaches due to COVID-19 protocols and many starters who were hurt.

The following players are on Injured Reserve (IR) and remain unavailable (* signifies starter): wide receiver *Tre'Quan Smith, defensive end *Marcus Davenport, linebacker *Kwon Alexander, linebacker Chase Alexander, cornerback Ken Crawley, kicker *Wil Lutz, tight end Nick Vannett, and center/guard Will Clapp.

In addition, star wide receiver Michael Thomas remains on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, with the earliest possible return date being week 7 when the Saints play a Monday game at Seattle.

After a handful of key players who are not on IR missed Sunday's game due to injury, many are back practicing for New Orleans this week.

Will they be ready this Sunday for the road matchup against the New England Patriots?

After being limited yesterday, defensive back CJ Gardner-Johnson, cornerback P.J. Williams, and linebacker Peter Werner were upgraded to full participants today.

Of the eight players listed on the Saints injury report, seven were able to practice today.

New England's injury report is shorter, and only one player was a DNP today, though it wasn't injury-related.

FP - full participant                LP - limited participant           DNP - did not participate

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS INJURY REPORT

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
CErik McCoyCalfDNPDNP
DBC.J. Gardner-JohnsonKneeLPFP
CBMarshon LattimoreHandLPLP
GCalvin ThrockmortenKneeLPLP
LBPete WernerHamstringLPFP
DBP.J. WilliamsBackLPFP
DEPayton TurnerElbowLPLP
DETanoh KpassagnonCalfFPFP

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS INJURY REPORT

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
LBMatt JudonKneeDNPLP
TTrent BrownCalfLPLP
RBDamien HarrisFingerLPLP
LBKyle Van NoyThroatFPFP
SAdrian PhillipsNIRDNP

The Patriots (1-1) host the Saints (1-1) this Sunday with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 pm (CT).

Listen to the game locally on ESPN1420 and 97.3 The Dawg.

 

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