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New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears Friday injury report as issued by the organizations for Week 8 in the 2020 NFL regular season.

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

The New Orleans Saints will be without the wide receiving services of Michael Thomas[hamstring], Emmanuel Sanders [COVID-19], and now the young upstart receiver Marquez Callaway in the Bears game on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Offensive guard Nick Easton is listed as OUT of the game because of an elbow injury.

New Orleans will be possibly call-up to the roster from the practice squad receivers Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson, and guard Wil Clapp.

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Akiem Hicks, Former Saints Focus on Win Not Revenge

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By Gene Chamberlain | SI

It might be professional football but this doesn't mean players perform only for the paycheck.

They have feelings, too.

The Bears host the New Orleans Saints and have a handful of former Saints players on the roster who have some emotions of varying degrees built up toward their former team.

"If you love football you definitely got to get fired up for a team that released you when you get a chance to," Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards said. 'It's definitely one of the games that I saw on the schedule that I'm looking forward to."

Edwards, fellow defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and John Jenkins, tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. are all former Saints.

In Hicks' case, the feelings from long in the past seemed to go very deep. He'd spoken about it before, but now says something he saw early this season on social media softened him a bit on vendettas of any sort.

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Saints rule out Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway vs. Bears

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By Connor Grott | UPI

Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saints on Friday ruled out wide receivers Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway for the team's Week 8 matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sanders, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, also will miss the game, leaving the Saints without three of their top receivers this week.

All three players could return as early as next week for the Saints' showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football.

Thomas has been sidelined since Week 1 due to a high ankle sprain, a suspension by the team and a hamstring injury that he suffered last week. According to the team's final injury report, he returned to practice and was a limited participant both Thursday and Friday.

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Depleted Saints Offense to face a tough test in Bears Pass Defense

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As if facing a talented Chicago Bears defense wasn’t enough, The New Orleans Saints offense will now do so without three key receivers Sunday — Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Marquez Callaway.

After a prolonged absence of Thomas due to ankle and hamstring injuries and losing Sanders to COVID reserve, we recently found out Callaway, who was huge last week with eight catches and 75 yards, will also be out with an ankle injury sustained against the Carolina Panthers.

So, what does this mean?

It could mean a lot of things. One thing’s for sure, and that’s Alvin Kamara will probably...
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Film Study: Another dominant performance from Saints’ defensive line

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It absolutely cannot be overstated at this point. Do not run up the middle on the New Orleams Saints. You may try. You will fail. It is written.

The Carolina Panthers didn’t run the ball much when they visited the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome this past Sunday, only 12 designed runs in the entire game (basically runs that aren’t scrambles) for a total of 27 yards. While Matt Rule spent most of his time comfortable letting Teddy Bridgewater air the ball out (rightfully I might add), when he tried to run the ball his team was fairly unsuccessful. So unsuccessful, in fact, that 23 of...
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Once again, Drew Brees shows there's nobody better at operating the 2-minute offense

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The Carolina Panthers were thriving in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, having just wrapped up a nine-play, 65-yard touchdown drive that chewed up more than five minutes of the game clock and capped a 14-0 run that gave them their first lead.

Just one problem: Carolina receiver D.J. Moore crossed the goal line on his 7-yard touchdown with 97 seconds left in the first half, meaning the Panthers left the window open for the NFL’s most prolific two-minute offense.

That would cost them.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took over at their own 25-yard line with 1:37 to go. A score felt...
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Can Bears bounce back? They will need to stop Kamara and Saints' running game

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4:25 p.m. ET | FOX

Matchup rating: 59.2 | Spread: NO -5 (43.5)

What to watch for: The Bears seemed to be in shambles after Monday night's debacle in Los Angeles. All is lost, right? Not so fast. Looks can be deceiving, particularly when it pertains to the Bears. But since coach Matt Nagy took over in 2018, the Bears are 8-4 following a loss, and more importantly, 5-0 on short weeks. The Bears are often at their best when expectations are at their lowest. -- Jeff Dickerson
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Saints-Bears Injury Reports: WRs Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway out, Allen Robinson doubtful

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The Saints will have to try and win in Chicago while decimated, at least temporarily, at the wide receiver position.

Rookie Marquez Callaway (ankle) and Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) have been ruled out for the Bears game. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Sanders remains unavailable on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Austin Carr and rookie Juwan Johnson are the remaining options available at wideout for New Orleans (4-2).

The team also ruled starting guard Nick Easton (concussion) out for the 3:35 p.m. Sunday contest at Soldier Field.

After leaving last week’s win over...
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Saints at Bears Final injury report: Marquez Callaway and Michael Thomas out

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The Saints have ruled out WR Marquez Callaway (Ankle), WR Michael Thomas (Ankle/Hamstring). and G Nick Easton (Concussion).

T Terron Armstead (Elbow) was limited but will play on Sunday.

The Bears have ruled out C Cody Whitehair (Calf).

WR Allen Robinson (Concussion) is doubtful.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Quad), LB Khalil Mack (Ankle), S Eddie Jackson (Knee), and S Sherrick McManis (Hamstring) are listed as questionable. Jackson and McManis practiced fully and Patterson and Mack were limited on Friday after missing practice all week. I’m sure Drew Brees would be more than happy is...
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Buccaneers don’t rule out using Antonio Brown as KR/PR

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Antonio Brown joins the Buccaneers as a former All-Pro receiver. He has other skills that the Bucs may regard as useful, on special teams.

“He’s a great punt returner and kick returner,” coach Bruce Arians said Friday in response to the question of whether Brown would be an option as a return specialist. “It’s just going to be one of those things where we can get him out there with a live ball and not a jugs machine – get him back to catching them. He’ll give us good depth in that area.”

Jaydon Mickens serves as the primary kick and punt returner for the Bucs, with receiver Scotty Miller...
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NFL Week 8 injury report roundup: Aaron Jones out again this week

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Week Eight of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Falcons and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Vikings at Packers

RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is listed as questionable, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated he will play. Cornerbacks Holton Hill (foot) and CB...
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Ex-Saints Jimmy Graham, Akiem Hicks, Ted Ginn and Mario Edwards now all on Bears roster

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There will be some familiar faces on the opposing sideline on Sunday when the Saints play the Chicago Bears.

Four former Saints (tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and defensive lineman Mario Edwards are all in Chicago now.

Graham and Hicks were both third round draft picks by the Saints: Graham in 2010 and Hicks in 2012.

Both players were eventually traded: Graham after the 2014 season and Hicks the following year.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he isn't concerned about Graham and Hicks being too amped up for Sunday's game.

"I'll say this...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Secondary woes, red zone defense issues, receiver depth

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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week I hand-pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'all's Saints curiosities.

If you want your weekly question included in my weekly mailbag, send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at

Here are some questions you asked about the Saints ahead of Week 8's game.

In the words of coach Sean Payton, "that's the $6 million question right now," adding that the secondary's play as of late "has to be" concerning.

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This Saints play design and Deonte Harris delivered in huge moments in win over Panthers

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The Saints went into their Week 7 matchup with a lot of personnel questions, but in huge moments they repeatedly came up with the same answer.

First in third-and-long and then on second down on a key scoring drive late in the first half, New Orleans ran the same mirrored passing concept for big gains to Deonte Harris.

Facing third-and-long on the go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter the Saints showed the same look but flipped the targeted route. That time it was Tre'Quan Smith with the big catch for a first down.

In all: 3-for-3, 55 yards, 3 first downs

The first two came using...
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Saints prepare for chilly Chicago temperatures at Soldier Field on Sunday against Bears

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Tre'Quan Smith grew up in Florida and played collegiately at UCF before getting drafted by the Saints.

So playing in unfavorable weather conditions isn't something he's accustomed to.

But Smith and his teammates aren't concerned about the weather conditions at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday.

According to Accuweather.coms forecast, the Saints can expect the temperature at kickoff to be 40 degrees with the wind blowing at 21 miles per hour.

"I'm not used to playing up North in colder weather, but it's a part of football," Smith said. "You just have to get used to it. It's a mind game...
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Saints roll into Chicago minus Thomas, Callaway

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METAIRIE, La. -- Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway have officially been ruled out for Week 8 as the New Orleans Saints' receiving corps continues to get thinner by the week.

Emmanuel Sanders also remains on the reserve-COVID list, meaning New Orleans will be without three of its top four wide receivers Sunday at the Chicago Bears.

All three could be back as early as next weekend's critical showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football, however.

Thomas has been sidelined since Week 1 because of a high ankle sprain, a team disciplinary action and a hamstring injury...
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Saints WRs Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway out vs. Bears

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been listed as out with his hybrid ankle/hamstring injury for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, marking his sixth absence since he first got injured in the Saints' season opener.

Rookie receiver Marquez Callaway — one of the players who has received additional reps with Thomas out — will also miss Sunday's game due to an ankle injury he sustained in the fourth quarter of last week's game against the Carolina Panthers.

With veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders unavailable this weekend due to his roster status on reserve/COVID-19...
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