Know Who To Root For: Saints fan watch guide for NFL Week 14

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL has a loaded slate of games in its Week 14 schedule, and New Orleans Saints fans have plenty of rooting interests on Sunday despite their team already having locked up the NFC South and the playoff berth that comes with it. Here’s who you should root for in every kickoff this week, with all odds sourced from BetMGM.

Around the NFC South

San Francisco 49ers (10-2) at New Orleans Saints (10-2), Saints by 2.5. Obviously root for the Saints here. A win gives the Saints stronger control on the first seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, while a 49ers win keeps them in the race for the NFC West crown.

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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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