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Saints Thursday Injury Report: Dannell Ellerbe Returns to Practice

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Ellerbe returns to practice. Also a run down on the designated to return IR designation.

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Couldn’t find one of him on an exercise bike but this is what Ellerbe is reported to look like.
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Dannell Ellerbe returns to limited practice, Terron Armstead expects to play against the Chiefs, and no reported setbacks for Sheldon Rankins. Today’s injury report trending upwards.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS THURSDAY INJURY REPORT PRESENTED BY OCHSNER SPORTS MEDICINE INSTITUTE

Did Not Participate

CB Delvin Breaux (Fibula)

DT Nick Fairley (Non-Injury Related)

DE Paul Kruger (Back)

CB Sterling Moore (Abdomen)

T Andrus Peat (Groin)

RB Daniel Lasco (Hamstring)

Limited Practice

T Terron Armstead (Knee)

LB Dannell Ellerbe (Quad)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS INJURY REPORT

Limited Practice

CB Phillip Gaines (Knee)

LB Tamba Hali (Knee)

Full Practice

CB Kenneth Acker (Shoulder)

G Jordan Devey (Ankle)

T Mitchell Schwartz (Ankle)

Report edited: Saints add rookie Running Daniel Lasco back to report with a hamstring.

Also since DT Sheldon Rankins has returned to practice here is a brief explanation of the IR designated to return rules including the 2016 season change. New for 2016 is that teams such as the Saints don’t have to designate which player they want to return until said player is ready to return to practice. Prior to 2016 when a team wanted to have a player return, they had to designate him as such when placed on IR. Now a team can place multiple players on IR and determine who they want to bring back. This gives team a lot of flexibility and can change who they expect to bring back due to many factors. They only have to be careful about who they place on IR because they can only bring back one player. An example of this is the Saints placed Sheldon Rankins on IR but not Delvin Breaux. So Breaux can be brought back at any time while this was the first week Rankins was eligible to return to practice. Since Rankins has started practicing he is now their designated player. He must practice at least 2 weeks but can practice for as long as 21 days. After eight weeks he is then eligible to return to the active roster.