The first injury report prior to Sunday’s season opener between the Saints and Buccaneers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome does not paint a pretty picture, at least for New Orleans at this point in the week.
Two starters, defensive end Marcus Davenport and rookie right guard Cesar Ruiz, did not practice Wednesday. Davenport has an elbow injury while Ruiz is bothered by an ankle injury. Backup punter Blake Gillikin also missed practice with a back problem.
If Davenport cannot go Sunday, Trey Hendrickson would likely step into the lineup first with Carl Granderson in reserve. If Ruiz cannot...