Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 10/21/14 11:06am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks due to a shoulder injury, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Fortunately for the Saints they have a thousand other backs they can (and often do) rotate in and out of the lineup. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet are the most likely candidates to pick up Pierre's workload, but good luck trying to figure out how Sean Payton will use his backs on a week-to-week basis.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 10/17/14 6:33pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he won't know until just before kickoff Sunday, Oct. 19, if he'll play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. "I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how I'm doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where I'm at," said Graham, who was limited Friday and listed as questionable. "As of right now I don't know." Head coach Sean Payton would not discuss whether Graham could be limited if he plays Sunday.
Huddle Up: Graham owners will need to check the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injuries & Weather report Sunday morning and also have a backup plan firmly in at the ready as well. Ben Watson and Josh Hill will get the TE looks if Graham can't go.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 10/16/14 6:40pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.
Huddle Up: Graham definitely made some progress Thursday and see if it continues Friday. This situation, though, definitely has the feel of a Sunday-morning game-time decision.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 10/16/14 6:44pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Just sounds like a temporary blip so no real concerns for now.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 10/15/14 6:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 15, and said he plans to play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. Ingram may wear a small brace on his hand, but his fracture has healed completely. RB Khiry Robinson had been taking most of the snaps in Ingram's absence. 'We'll see how we handle that on Sunday,' said head coach Sean Payton. 'Obviously we value depth at that position.'
Huddle Up: We're back to the early-season logjam in the Saints' backfield, but Ingram's return definitely hurts Robinson the most as he has averaged nearly 17 touches a contest during Ingram's 3-game absence. Overall, none of the Saints' backs are a particularly strong play this week against a stout Lions' D that surrenders the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 10/15/14 6:17pm ET
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Even with the bye last week, Graham is a major question mark for Week 7. See if he can get on the field over the next 2 days.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 10/15/14 8:11pm ET
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (thumb) said he hasn't been limited at all after returning to practice this week, and he no longer has a brace on his hand. 'I'm ready to go full go, 100 percent, full tilt,' Ingram said. 'I've been getting all the reps in practice. They haven't babied me or eased me into practice, so I've been doing everything, catching, running, blocking, everything.' However, head coach Sean Payton has been mum on how the team will split repetitions between Ingram and RBs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Ingram should resume his role as the Saints top fantasy running back now that he's healthy again. He'll be a stretch as an RB2 against a stout Lions defensive front but Ingram is certainly a flex option this week.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 10/7/14 11:28am ET
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's (shoulder) sprained shoulder diagnosis gives reason for optimism that he could play in Week 7, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Expect the Saints to do everything possible to get Graham on the field following their bye this week. The good news for Graham's fantasy owners is that they'll have a short-term solution already on their roster thanks to the bye week; if Graham has to sit another week, simply keep this week's plug-in tight end around for one more game.
Khiry Robinson - RBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Khiry Robinson carried 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he also added a reception for eight yards.
Huddle Up: Robinson was the last of the Saints' backs to find the end zone despite the high workload. Once Mark Ingram returns to health expect Robinson's touches to diminish as the Saints' backfield returns to its frustrating three-headed monsterness.
Pierre Thomas - RBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas carried four times for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he had eight receptions for a team-high 77 yards with another score.
Huddle Up: A dozen touches feels about right for Thomas, and he was especially productive with them this week. It would be nice if fantasy owners could count on Thomas getting this workload on a regular basis, but especially once Mark Ingram returns to the lineup it's a revolving quagmire that alternately yields big fantasy numbers and equal doses of frustration.
Jimmy Graham - TEPosted 10/5/14 9:55pm ET
Updating a previous report, the injury for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is not believed to be serious, according to a league source. The team is heading into a bye, but it is still unclear if he will be able to return Oct. 19 when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Graham looks like he avoided a serious injury. We'll know more about his status after the Saints bye week.
Jairus Byrd - SPosted 10/3/14 4:21pm ET
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Oct. 3, after suffering a torn lateral meniscus during practice Thursday, Oct. 2. Byrd (knee) underwent surgery Friday, and said it will require extra rehab because it's a 'bucket-handle tear.' Byrd's surgery was a success and a full recovery is expected, according to head coach Sean Payton. S Rafael Bush will replace Byrd in the starting lineup.
Huddle Up: Crushing blow for Byrd and the reeling Saints' defense, which now will be without its fourth-leading tackler and prize offseason acquisition.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/29/14 10:17am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) was inactive in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, but he remains on pace to return after the team's Week 6 bye.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Ingram returns to his previous role as the Saints' primary ball-carrier; right now Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are trading off that duty as New Orleans looks for answers on offense. At least you know the Saints' backfield is a mess, so you can't simply pencil Ingram in for the bulk of the carries once he returns.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/17/14 6:04pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) underwent surgery to place two screws in his broken hand, according to head coach Sean Payton. Ingram will not play in Week 3, but the injury is not believed to be a long-term injury.
Huddle Up: A month's absence is what's generally being forecast for Ingram. In the meantime, of course, it means a bump in value for both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 9/15/14 10:22am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston was held without a reception Sunday, Sept. 14. It was the first time he didn't record a catch in a game since 2008.
Huddle Up: It wasn't all Joe Haden, who spent plenty of time trying to man up with Jimmy Graham. You know the Saints like to spread the ball around, but for Colston to go without a catch is highly disturbing.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/15/14 1:30pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) is expected to miss roughly a month after injuring his hand in Week 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's a big blow to Ingram and the Saints. Ingram was finally starting to play well. Khiry Robinson will now see an expanded role in the Saints offense. He will be a hot waiver wire addition.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 9/12/14 12:00am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) was limited in practice for the second day in a row Thursday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Stills sat out the Week 1 loss in Atlanta, and if he's able to play Sunday, he figures to cut into the targets for fellow WRs Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks, who had eight apiece in Week 1.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram had 13 rushes for 60 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1
Huddle Up: The Saints backfield remains a messy situation for fantasy owners, but if Ingram consistently receives a dozen touches per game--especially goal line looks--and runs like he has throughout the preseason and Week 1 he'll finally be the fantasy factor many have been waiting for.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:15am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks had seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 7.
Huddle Up: Most importantly, Drew Brees looked perfectly comfortable throwing to the rookie; going forward, he'll be an integral part of one of the more prolific passing games in the NFL.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 9/4/14 7:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) didn't participate in team drills Thursday, Sept. 4, but he's not ruling out playing in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons. However, the decision on whether he'll play ultimately will come down to the trainer's decision.
Huddle Up: Sunday is sounding iffy at best for Stills, and if he's out, that means more targets for fellow WRs Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks.
Robert Meachem - WRPosted 9/3/14 5:44pm ET
The New Orleans Saints re-signed WR Robert Meachem to an undisclosed deal four days after he was released Wednesday, Sept. 3. In a corresponding move, LB Khairi Fortt (undisclosed) was placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list. Meachem caught only 16 passes in the regular season last year and finished with 324 yards.
Huddle Up: If you're in a deep, deep league and missed out on all the other Saints' WRs, here's your chance to snag a piece of the passing game. For those not in deep, deep league, you're steering clear.
Champ Bailey - CBPosted 8/30/14 5:31pm ET
New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey has been released.
Huddle Up: Bailey was beaten out for a roster spot by undrafted rookie Brian Dixon. Once considered arguably the best CB in the NFL, Bailey is now at the end of his career and could consider retirement.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 8/27/14 10:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) came off the field during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 26, and talked with a trainer before watching the rest of practice from the sidelines.
Huddle Up: The Saints have been extremely cautious with Colston this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy, so the hope is that taking him out of practice is more of a precautionary measure than something that fantasy owners will need to worry about heading into the regular season.
Marques Colston - WRPosted 8/26/14 10:10am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston said he feels much healthier this season after being plagued by a foot injury the last year or two. The team has limited his workload this preseason to keep him fresh for the season.
Huddle Up: Colston is a valuable cog in the mighty Saints passing game. If his foot injury is behind him and he's able to stay on the field he'll claim a significant portion of Drew Brees' annual 5,000 yards, and a healthy dose of touchdowns to boot.
Drew Brees - QBPosted 8/25/14 10:14pm ET
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (personal) missed practice Monday, Aug. 25, to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's fourth child. The team did not comment on Brees' status for the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Brees' fantasy owners can breathe easy as this was nothing to do with a flare-up of the oblique injury that kept him for much of early camp.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (illness) did not play in the team's preseason game Sunday, Aug. 24, due to illness. Cooks took part in warmups, and said he could have played if necessary.
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like anything to worry about for one of the hottest young commodities on fantasy draft boards.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 8/24/14 12:53pm ET
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills left Saturday night's third preseason game because of a quadriceps injury and did not return to the game. Stills was sidelined for three weeks during training camp because of a quadriceps injury.
Huddle Up: More than a bit alarming as the preseason looks like it will be a total wash for the second-year wideout, who hasn't recorded a reception. Meanwhile, fellow WRs Joseph Morgan, Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston have been thriving, meaning Stills will be behind to open the season.
Mark Ingram - RBPosted 8/20/14 12:01am ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram has never had a touchdown reception during the regular season, but he took a screen pass for a 23-yard touchdown in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Ingram is currently the third Saints' RB coming off the board, on average, but he very well could wind up with the most fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues. In another way to put it: Welcome to another season of the Saints' RB conundrum.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 8/20/14 2:22pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) will be on the field for around 15 offense snaps during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: Despite his injury issues of late, Shorts is still the clear fantasy choice for those looking to secure the Jags' No. 1 WR, and he currently owns a 12th-round ADP (118) in 10-team leagues.
Jairus Byrd - SPosted 8/20/14 2:22pm ET
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) participated in full-contact practice drills for the first time this season Tuesday, Aug. 19. He's expected to play in the third preseason game this weekend.
Huddle Up: The Saints and a number of IDP league GMs are counting on Byrd, who's reeled in the second-most interceptions (22) in the league since his rookie season of 2009.
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