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4 reasons the New Orleans Saints will defeat the 49ers in Week 14

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By Hunter Noll | Clutch Points

The New Orleans Saints were not supposed to be here. Following a 1-1 start to the season, they were facing a serious uphill battle. Legendary quarterback Drew Brees went down with an injury and would miss significant time. However, backup Teddy Bridgewater not only kept them afloat, but he also helped them prosper.

That put New Orleans in a great position when Brees returned.

They have capitalized on that moment, becoming one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.

At 10-2, the Saints have already clinched the NFC South. However, they still need to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage. A lot of that could be determined in Week 14 when they face off with the 10-2 San Francisco 49ers.

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Terron Armstead ruled questionable to play vs. 49ers on final Saints injury report

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers published their final injury report ahead of Sunday’s big noon kickoff, including status updates for several players managing various ailments. Here’s what we learned after each team wrapped up practice on Friday.

For New Orleans, the Saints hope to all-world left tackle Terron Armstead return to the lineup a few weeks removed from a high-ankle sprain. But his practice participation has been limited throughout the week, so he’ll have to test out his ankle during pregame warmups on Sunday before they can reach a final decision. He’s officially listed as questionable to play.

If Armstead can’t go, expect veteran guard Patrick Omameh to again step into the lineup in his place, as he did in last week’s game with the Atlanta Falcons. Undrafted rookie Ethan Greenidge was active for the first time this year but didn’t get on the field thanks to Omameh’s performance in a tough spot. The 49ers boast one of the NFL’s fiercest defensive lines, so it’s anyone’s guess who plays left tackle for most of the day.

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Saints lose tight end Jason Vander Laan to I.R., re-sign Michael Ola

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The official NFL transactions wire for Friday, Dec. 6 listed two roster moves for the New Orleans Saints: the loss of backup tight end Jason Vander Laan to injured reserve with a vague head issue, and the re-signing of veteran left tackle Michael Ola. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news of both changes to the Saints’ active roster.

Vander Laan only played a handful of snaps in two games for the Saints after being called up from the practice squad, standing out as a blocker on running downs. He injured his head in Thursday’s practice and did not participate in Friday’s session before his season ended.

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Terron Armstead limited, Kiko Alonso DNP on Wednesday's Saints injury report

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are short-handed on defense this week, as evidenced by the signing of former Saints middle linebacker Manti Te’o on Tuesday. Now that cornerback Marshon Lattimore, kick return specialist Deonte Harris and wide receiver Tre’Qaun Smith are back from various injuries, it appears to be the defense’s turn to catch the injury bug.

Te’o’s return follows the exit of starting linebackers A.J. Klein (knee) and Kiko Alonso (thigh) from Thanksgiving Day’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, each battling separate injuries. Wednesday’s injury report didn’t shed much light on the severity of either situation, with both players sitting out of practice.

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Taysom Hill still chasing dream while doing it all for Saints

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METAIRIE – Taysom Hill’s ultimate career goal is to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

He works in season and out of season to become the leader of an offense, someone who makes big play after big play.

If that day does come, it won’t be for a while. In the meantime Hill has become a key member of the New Orleans Saints, demonstrating a rare ability to make significant plays with minimal opportunities.

Quarterback is just one of numerous jobs on Hill’s game-day...
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Saints' Marcus Davenport, J.T. Gray use 'My Cause, My Cleats' to tackle mental health stigma

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J.T. Gray's rookie year didn't go as planned.

The special teams defensive back signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in May 2018, playing in five games before being waived. Gray cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad for the remainder of the season.

He emotionally checked out. He shut people out and went to a dark place.

"Things weren't going my way, so I really didn't know what to do," Gray said.

A year later, Gray says...
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Saints rookie Erik McCoy to support anti-slavery group in 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign

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Like many of his teammates and peers across the NFL, New Orleans Saints rookie center Erik McCoy will represent a cause on his feet this Sunday.

The shoes McCoy will wear against the San Francisco 49ers as part of the “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign are somewhat understated, a fairly straightforward mix of white and mottled blue with gold laces. But the message written on them is anything but.

Inscribed in neat block lettering near the ankle is “NOT FOR SALE.” That...
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Even at 10-2, is this Saints offense where it needs to be? 'The answer would be no'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Priority No. 1, every week, is obvious: Do what it takes to win the game.

And the New Orleans Saints have done a lot of that so far in 2019, accomplishing that top mission 10 times in 12 tries. But the other items on the checklist deserve some scrutiny even as the most important one has consistently been crossed off.

So, even as the team enters this high-stakes Week 14 game against San Francisco with a 10-2 record, it feels fair to ask the question: Is the Saints’...
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Week 14 injury report roundup

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Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Bears and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 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.

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Sheldon Rankins on 49ers' Voodoo Dome comment: "I think Who Dat Nation is definitely going to turn it up"

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San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has never played in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

But he's not expecting the stadium, one that he gave a new name, to be much different than any of the other six stadiums the 49ers have played in this season.

“I have not played a game in the Voodoo Dome,” Mostert said on a radio show in San Francisco. “And I have heard multiple stories about how crazy the fans are in there, and the atmosphere, and all that. How I see...
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Saints vs 49ers Final Injury Report: Kiko Alonso Out, Four Total

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FB Zach Line (Knee), LB Kiko Alonso (Thigh), LB A.J. Klein (Knee), and G Andrus Peat (Forearm) are out for the Saints.

T Terron Armstead (Ankle), G Will Clapp (Elbow), and CB Patrick Robinson (Calf) are listed as questionable.

TE Jason Vander Laan (Head) is now listed as Out/Reserve Injured. This was done to make room for T Michael Ola who has been resigned. Was seen practicing today.

For the 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt (Ribs) and DT Jullian Taylor (Knee) have been...
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Saints rule out starting LBs Klein, Alonso vs. 49ers

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have ruled out two of their starting linebackers before Sunday's critical NFC showdown vs. the San Francisco 49ers.

Strongside linebacker A.J Klein (knee) and middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (thigh) were both injured during last Thursday's win at Atlanta. The timing is especially unfortunate because the 49ers have the NFL's No. 2-ranked rushing offense at 148.0 yards per game.

And because both teams are 10-2, Sunday's game...
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Saints sign veteran offensive lineman Michael Ola; Jason Vander Laan sent to IR

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran offensive lineman Michael Ola and sent tight end Jason Vander Laan to injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Ola is a familiar face in the Saints locker room. He went through training camp each of the last two seasons with New Orleans, and appeared in seven games for the Saints last season before being placed on injured reserve in December.

His signing is potentially insurance in case offensive linemen Terron Armstead...
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Saints No. 3 rush defense set for a big challenge against 49ers 'home run' ground game

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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It’s time to brush off the old unstoppable force vs. immovable object argument.

Who gets the upper hand this Sunday in the Superdome: The San Francisco 49ers No. 2-ranked rush offense or the New Orleans Saints’ No. 3-ranked rush defense? The outcome of the game, and therefore the top seed in the NFC, could be riding on it.

“Their scheme is fantastic and it matches their skillset,” said Saints coach Sean Payton of the 49ers running game. “The offensive line and...
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Saints re-sign Michael Ola, place Jason Vander Laan on IR

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The Saints re-signed offensive lineman Michael Ola on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

They placed tight end Jason Vander Laan on injured reserve in a corresponding move. The Saints added Vander Laan to the injury report Thursday with a head injury.

Ola, 31, played seven games with one start with the Saints in 2018.

He has not had a job this season but has played 39 games with 20 starts in five previous seasons.

Vander Laan signed to the Saints’ practice...
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Saints linebackers A.J. Klein, Kiko Alonso 'out' for Sunday; Terron Armstead 'questionable'

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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The Saints will be without two of their linebackers for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

A.J. Klein and Kiko Alonso are both listed as "OUT" after getting injured in the Thanksgiving night game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Klein had a knee injury and Alonso injured his thigh. Neither player practiced this week leading up to the pivotal showdown against the 49ers. Both teams are 10-2.

The Saints signed Manti Te'o this week to add depth at the...
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