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Final Saints vs. Panthers injury report: Michael Thomas ruled out

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints will hold wide receiver, Michael Thomas, out of Sunday’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers as he continues to recover from a midweek hamstring injury, in addition to backup guard Nick Easton (who is still dealing with a concussion suffered nearly two weeks ago). The Saints are also without starting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who entered the NFL COVID-19 protocol after recording a positive test result.

It’s less than ideal. Reserve cornerback Ken Crawley is ruled out after being in close contact with Sanders during practice on Thursday, and backup receiver Bennie Fowler is landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The full, final injury report for Week 7:

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Saints confident in depth at receiver despite Thomas, Sanders being out vs. Panthers

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By Amos Morale III | WWL Radio

The New Orleans Saints will be without their top two receivers Sunday, when they host the Carolina Panthers at noon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints receiver Michael Thomas was ruled out with a hamstring injury and Emmanuel Sanders was added to the NFL’s reserve/COVID list after testing positive for the coronavirus Thursday. The Saints also placed receiver Bennie Fowler on injured reserve Friday.

Payton said roster uncertainty is just “part of the deal this year.”

“We’ve talked about the distractions and focusing on the things you can control,” he said. “Last night we spent a lot of time on how we want to put the plan together in place of him and we’ll do so accordingly.”

Payton said the Saints feel good about their depth at receiver and many of the available pass catchers on the Saints rosters have played significant snaps this season.

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BREAKING: Saints Place WR Emmanuel Sanders on the Reserve-Covid List

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Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver
Emmanuel Sanders (17) makes a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback
Amani Oruwariye (24) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory
Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY

By Bob Rose | SI

Sanders practiced with the team on Thursday before the positive test results, and must now quarantine until a negative test. The 33-Yr old Sanders is in his first season with the Saints and has 26 receptions for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns in five games this season. He’s caught 18 passes for 215 yards in the last two games after a slow start and had become a huge part of the team’s passing attack.

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15 wide receiver trade targets for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints receiving corps is suddenly looking very sketchy. Starters Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both out of action, and they’ve lost veteran reserve Bennie Fowler to injured reserve. They need some help, and it’s likely to come from the practice squad, where they’ve stashed veterans Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis, plus rookie Juwan Johnson.

But who could be available in a trade? Know now that the Saints aren’t likely to find a magical cure-all before the NFL cutoff date, but some marginal upgrades could be found here or there. And a potential move shouldn’t be made based off a knee-jerk reaction to this week’s absences; the Saints have been running thin at receiver for some time now. With those caveats in place, here are 15 possible names that could be on the move before Nov. 3’s deadline.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

A Saints-Falcons trade for Julio Jones won’t happen for several reasons, besides the whole NFC South rivals-til-death thing. The Falcons can’t afford to eat the dead money hit from trading Jones, and the Saints can’t afford to take on more of his salary to help facilitate it. But wouldn’t it be fun?

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Report: Bucs reach deal with Antonio Brown, to debut Week 9 vs. Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Well, Antonio Brown found a new bridge to burn. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday evening that the free-agent wide receiver has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, reuniting him with Tom Brady and his former Steelers coach Bruce Arians. Arians vehemently denied that Brown would play for his team earlier this year, but must have changed his mind.

Brown is currently serving an 8-week NFL suspension after a series of personal conduct policy violations. He’s set to go on trial in December after being accused of rape by his former personal trainer, which could lead to a longer suspension.

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Raiders, Saints have no new positive tests

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The Raiders and Saints are trending in the right direction to be able to play tomorrow.

Both teams had no new positive tests in the latest round of COVID-19 testing, according to multiple reports.

The Buccaneers-Raiders game in Las Vegas was moved from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon, and Seahawks-Cardinals was moved into Sunday Night Football, because the NFL feared the Raiders might have to postpone their game after two players tested positive and several other players who had close contact with those two went into quarantine.

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Interview with Saints’ Super Fan “Da Boom” gives hope and inspiration to many

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The New Orleans Saints have amassed plenty of fans over the years. The cast of super fans range from Elvis impersonators to wild clowns donning Saints paraphernalia. This one fan in particular stands out, after spending some time with him last week. Not many may be familiar with the name Paul Scheppf, but the outfit resembling an Air Force pilot with “Da Boom” nickname has done some great work within the community. Also, his love for the New Orleans Saints is second to none. Here is the interview with Paul Scheppf “Da Boom.”

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The end of the QB era, Part 3: Drew Brees’ legacy

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This three-part series explores the inevitable predicament teams face: the dreaded plight of replacing a longtime franchise quarterback. Teams that arrive at this apex, historically, take one of two distinct paths – let their franchise leader go, or allow them to leave on their terms. Ultimately, when is it time to severe ties with a team’s beloved quarterback?

In Part 1, we saw that teams who let their famous quarterbacks go early watched them lead their new franchise to postseason success; in turn, their heir successors quickly flourished, and the team remained prosperous for years...
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Back-to-back wins do nothing for Saints fan confidence

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Saints fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

It’s been a wild ride for the New Orleans Saints so far this year and fans have been along for the ride. Despite getting back-to-back wins, confidence in the team has taken a slight dip again. Going to overtime against a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers will likely do that.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 56 percent of Saints fans believe the team...
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WATCH: Week 7 preview video, Saints set to welcome our old pal Teddy B.

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The New Orleans Saints look like they will have a difficult time on offense Sunday morning.

Michael Thomas’s game status was in doubt all week after injuring his hamstring in practice, but then Emmanuel Sanders was added to the Reserve/Covid list late Friday afternoon. Now, both of the Saints star receivers will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, with Sanders also scheduled to miss next week’s game against the Chicago Bears as well.

This couldn’t come at a worse time as the Saints are set to host their former teammate turned rival, Teddy Bridgewater, in an NFC South...
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Bennie Fowler underwent shoulder surgery

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The Saints placed receiver Bennie Fowler on injured reserve Friday.

Fowler revealed why Friday night: He had shoulder surgery.

He posted a photo on Instagram, sitting on a couch with his right arm in a sling.

“Rotator repaired. Labrum repaired,” Fowler wrote. “Support of family, friends and teammates unending.

“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Fowler has played five games, seeing action on 56 offensive snaps and 72 on special teams. He has two catches for 11 yards, one tackle and one fumble recovery.
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a symptomatic positive. What now?

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The New Orleans Saints have had a relatively quiet go in terms of true positive coronavirus tests, but that changed on Thursday when veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned a symptomatic positive for COVID-19.

Sanders is the sixth Saints player to test positive for coronavirus, and the fifth to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list — but he's just the second true positive case the Saints have had.

The three players who previously returned false positive tests during training camp were linebacker Kaden Elliss, long snapper Zach Wood and All-Pro returner Deonte Harris.

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Joe Brady's path to NFL offensive coordinator comes full circle with game against Saints

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Joe Brady isn’t one to dwell on the past.

Even though this weekend’s game between his Carolina Panthers and his former employer in the New Orleans Saints, he’s not reminiscing much on how far he — the youngest coordinator in the NFL — has come since 2017.

He won’t allow himself to. He has far too much to think about.

“I try to keep that out in my mind because it really is not going to benefit me moving forward,” Brady said this week. “I have a job to do. I'm the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. It's my job to get our guys prepared to be able to execute on Sundays, so when...
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders and CB Ken Crawley on reserve/COVID-19 list, WR Michael Thomas and OL Nick Easton ruled out for Panthers

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Just when you thought the Saints were likely to be close to full strength for their NFC South battle with the Panthers, fate – and a global pandemic – have intervened.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Ken Crawley have been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Neither will play Sunday.

Meanwhile, wideout Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and guard Nick Easton have been ruled out on the final official injury report of the week. While still trying to come back from a high ankle sprain encountered in week one, Thomas suffered the hamstring injury Wednesday.

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Week 7 NFL injury report roundup

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Week Seven of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Eagles 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.

Packers at Texans

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) was added to the injury report Friday and listed as questionable. DE Montravius Adams (foot), C Corey Linsley...
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Saints vs Panthers final injury report: Emmanuel Sanders, Ken Crawley placed on Covid-19 reserved list

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Today’s Saints final injury report is all full of good news. Heavy sarcasm. First WR Emmanuel Sanders and CB Ken Crawley have been placed on the Reserve Covid-19 list.

With our wide receivers corps already struggling, WR Michael Thomas (Ankle/Hamstring) has been ruled out. G Nick Easton (Concussion) is also out.

S J.T. Gray (Hamstring) was limited and is ruled as questionable. T Terron Armstead (Hand) and CB Justin Hardee (Hamstring) were limited but will be available on Sunday.

CB Janoris Jenkins (Shoulder) and WR Deonte Harris (Hamstring) were full. With Thomas out it is even more...
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Saints rule out Michael Thomas, put Bennie Fowler on IR

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There’s a shortage of wide receivers in New Orleans at the moment.

Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and that rules him out of Sunday’s game against the Panthers. The Saints have also ruled out Michael Thomas and placed Bennie Fowler on injured reserve, so Drew Brees‘ targets have been thinned out for Week 7.

Thomas has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury and a hamstring injury was added to the list this week. Fowler is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris are the other wideouts on the active roster...
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Michael Thomas ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints were hopeful Michael Thomas would make his return to the field Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but a mid-week hamstring injury appeared to dash those hopes.

Thomas, along with veteran offensive lineman Nick Easton, was ruled out for Sunday's game. This will mark the fifth consecutive game missed by Thomas since he injured his ankle in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That ankle injury kept Thomas sidelined for Weeks 2-4, and the Saints held him out of their Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers for disciplinary reasons after Thomas got...
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Saints' Sanders out after positive COVID-19 test

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will be without both of their top receivers Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Emmanuel Sanders will miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, coach Sean Payton told reporters Friday. And Michael Thomas' has been ruled out because of a hamstring injury that crept up this week.

Sanders practiced Wednesday and Thursday. But Payton said he began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Thursday afternoon, so the Saints sent him to their doctors for an additional test, which turned up positive. He will now be placed on the...
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