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.