The New Orleans Saints will have a more active practice on Saturday than usual this week, but game designations were still released for their upcoming matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Halloween day.
Bucs-Saints final injury report...only Antonio Brown has been ruled out. pic.twitter.com/1R31BjYetA— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) October 29, 2021
Unsurprisingly, LG Andrus Peat (who is expected to miss the rest of the season) and RB Dwayne Washington have been ruled out. As has QB and offensive weapon Taysom Hill.
Hill took a scary shot to the head during the Saints’ win against the Washington Football Team and has not made it back to practice, yet. However, Saints head coach Sean Payton updated on his progress so far on Friday.
Payton said Taysom Hill is progressing well in his recovery. Just needs a little more time— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) October 29, 2021
The good news for New Orleans, or glimmer of such, is that WR Deonte Harris was not ruled out. Harris is questionable for Sunday’s game and they could use him impact in the passing game as well as in special teams. Harris has made a number of splash plays this season but has also been regarded as the Saints’ most consistent receiving threat. He also has a large hand in flipping the field and putting the Saints offense in advantageous starting positions with his return ability. Having Harris back would be a huge swing for the Saints pass-catch corps.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ruled out WR Antonio Brown after not practicing throughout the week. The other Bucs players whose status has been in question this week remain questionable. That list includes CB Richard Sherman, TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Levonte David, CB Dee Delaney, and pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. Seems reasonable to expect them all to play, based on head coach Bruce Arians’ in-depth look at each player.
Bucs dutifully transcribed the opening minute of Bruce Arians’ presser today, reiterating that yes, guys not ruled out might play Sunday. pic.twitter.com/noGAymFRNS— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 29, 2021
With Antonio Brown out, the Tampa WR room thins slightly. He missed last week as well four passing touchdowns although not much yardage. Tampa threw for only 226 passing yards against the Chicago Bears’ 8th ranked passing defense in terms of yardage. Bears are also the 14th ranked scoring defense. New Orleans ranks 20th in passing yardage allowed by 2nd in points allowed with only 101. Meanwhile Tampa sports the 3rd ranked scoring offense in the league, but now without one of their most trusted weapons.
New Orleans also expects to see the immediate return of RB Mark Ingram on the field. Ingram sported #14 in practice on Friday and while he’ll join Pelicans star Brandon Ingram in the game-worn number and nameplate this weekend Saints social media suggests that the number is not yet finalized. We’ll see if it changes as the season progresses.
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