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Kristian: Easy decision to trade Peterson

Plus notes on Saints-Lions

Kristian Garic
October 11, 2017 - 6:32 pm

Common sense prevails 

What went into the decision to trade running back Adrian Peterson? The answer is pretty simple according to Sean Payton.

"One of the challenges we had when you have the depth we had. I think Mark (Ingram) and Alvin (Kamara) have been playing well. We drafted a good young prospect, who's played well. I think this is a win-win situation for both sides," Payton explained.

It really boils down to just that, the touches weren't a readily available. Also, I think Payton thinks Kamara's versatility will steer the offense quite a bit. With Peterson gone, the Saints running back depth has been eroded a bit.

"This was done with common sense, and we get a pick next year," Payton added. The Saints depth is still pretty strong with Ingram, and Kamara as the featured guys and Trey Edmunds along with Daniel Lasco providing back up help. 


Strief return 

Offensive tackle Zach Strief was placed on injured reserved during the bye week with a knee injury, and Payton said Strief could return from injured reserve. The Saints first injury report of the week looks like this. Left Tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) and Wide Receiver Willie Snead III (hamstring) was limited in practice today.  Armstead is working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery, and should have a chance to play this week.  Snead returned to the roster in London, after serving a three game suspension but didn't play in week four against the Dolphins with a sore hamstring. CB Sterling Moore (chest) RB Trey Edmunds (concussion) and TE Josh Hill (concussion) were listed as full participants in practice today. 

The Saints are 2-2 and the Lions are 3-2 headed into Sunday's match up in the Super Dome.  The Lions are hobbled at a few key positions especially at Quarterback. Mathew Stafford limped through practice today, and was listed on the Lions injury report as a full participant.  Stafford suffered the injury in last weeks loss to the Panthers. According to Stafford was described as skipping from drill to drill in order to ease the pain on his injured right ankle. The report also says all of Staffords throws came from the shotgun formation. Lions coach Jim Caldwell was evasive in his response to Staffords condition today "Check the report is what he told the Lions media".  Rest assured the Saints are going to test that ankle on Sunday against the Lions. 

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