Friday Injury Report: Five Saints Ruled Out

The Saints will be without at least two players who started for them last Sunday, and possibly a third, when the Buccaneers visit the Superdome this Sunday.

On Friday, the Saints’ official injury report ruled out a total of five players who have not practice all week, including starting right tackle Zach Strief (ankle) and starting free safety Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring).  In addition, starting fullback Jed Collins (toe) is listed as questionable for the game, though he did return to practice in a limited fashion on Friday.

Presumably, the job at right tackle on Sunday would go to William Robinson, who would be making his first NFL start.  Experienced veteran tackle Charles Brown is also out for Sunday’s game with a knee injury and T Bryce Harris, who started one game earlier this season, recently went to injured reserve.  Second-year man Rafael Bush is listed behind Jenkins on the Saints’ depth chart and could also make his first NFL start.

The Buccaneers haven’t ruled any players out for Sunday’s game yet but do have two question marks heading into the weekend.  DE Da’Quan Bowers (hamstring) was held out of Friday’s practice after participating fully and is now listed as questionable.  CB LeQuan Lewis (knee) was limited on the field the last two days and is also questionable; he missed last week’s game against Philadelphia after suffering his injury in Denver in Week 13.

Here are the week’s final injury reports for both teams, complete with game-status designations:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
DE Michael Bennett Shoulder Full Participation Probable
DE Da’Quan Bowers Hamstring Did Not Participate Questionable
CB Anthony Gaitor Hamstring Full Participation Probable
CB LeQuan Lewis Knee Limited Participation Questionable
G Jamon Meredith Ankle Full Participation Probable
DT Roy Miller Head Full Participation Probable


New Orleans Saints

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
T Charles Brown Knee Did Not Participate Out
FB Jed Collins Toe Limited Participation Questionable
RB Chris Ivory Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
CB Malcolm Jenkins Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
T Zach Strief Ankle Did Not Participate Out
CB Corey White Knee Did Not Participate Out


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