Just when you thought things were going so well healthwise for the Saints, who just a few games ago saw their injury list down to only three players, the unthinkable happens. Going into the game against the Buccaneers Sunday, New Orleans did so without the skill of Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, Jeremy Shockey, David Thomas, Anthony Hargrove, or Anthony Waters. Then Malcolm Jenkins, Jimmy Graham, and Chris Ivory fell victim to injuries during the game. To make matters worse, Ivory has since been place on IR, freeing up the roster space for the newly re-signed DeShawn Wynn. These are all key players at key positions that the Saints can ill afford to be without.
As usual, Coach Sean Payton is pretty mum about the situation and understandably so. There’s no benefit to the team for him to release information that could potentially be used as a strategy for Seattle to gameplan against them. But we have to be realistic here–things are looking dire. Three of the Saints’ four tight ends are currently hurt, leaving only Tory Humphrey who’s seen very little playing time. Then the two power backs are down again with Thomas and Ivory being hurt, so naturally the run game is in some serious jeopardy. And we all know how valuable Colston is, as well the defensive players. Coach Payton is reportedly optimistic about the situation, saying
“Guys were in today, got treatment, and we’ll get ‘em up to speed, get ‘em healthy. We’ll have to be real careful about how we practice this week, and go from there. “We’ll get ‘em up to speed and get ‘em healthy as quickly as possible.”
Let’s hope and pray that his optimism is genuine and not just a ploy to keep from showing the “enemy” his hand. Right now, the Saints need a miracle to get at least some of those guys back on the field in time for Saturday’s game. We should get more information in the coming days about the injuries. I hope it’s all good news.