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Saints Injury Report: Armstead, Snead limited

Plus, an update on Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Kristian Garic
October 12, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Correction:  We previously headlined that Armstead and Snead were full participants.  They were limited, which is what Kristian Garic correctly reported.

Playing possum: Detroit Lions QB Mathew Stafford is hobbled with an ankle injury he suffered last week in a loss to the Panthers, but the Saints defenders aren't going into this one eyes wide shut or expecting a less effective quarterback on Sunday "We know he'll be ready to play, he's a tough quarterback. If he has to wrap it or whatever he'll be effective and ready to play," said Safety Rafael Bush.  Stafford was described yesterday at practice as hobbling from drill to drill and didn't look to be his normal self. Several defensive players I spoke with today echoed Bush's statements saying Stafford will be ready to play. I would expect the Saints defense to put plenty of pressure on Stafford in the game to test his mobility early. 

Defensive turnaround:  The Saints defense has been much improved in the last two games, forcing four turnovers in two wins over the Dolphins and Panthers. The pass rush has improved and perhaps the biggest reason the secondary has improved is the chemistry in the back end "We got back to fundamentals. We just got back to stuff we did in the preseason, and it's what's helped us. When you're not thinking so much you play faster," explained safety Kenny Vaccaro.  In the Saints two wins, look at the population to the football, and count how many tacklers arrive at the football.  That is exactly what Vaccaro is talking about. Another key factor I think has been the emergence of CB Ken Crawley in his second season. Crawley was inactive for the Saints first two games, but has emerged as one of the top corners opposite Marshon Lattimore. 

Injury report:  OT Terron Armstead (shoulder) was limited in practice today, along with WR Willie Snead (hamstring).  Saints head coach Sean Payton said Armstead's ability to play well will determine if he plays Sunday against the Lions. "Can he do his job effectively?" Payton asked reporters. In other words if he can do his job, he's going to play. Saints QB Drew Brees hopes Armstead can go this week “He brings such a presence and confidence to the group. We know what a good player he can be when he is healthy and obviously he has battled that the last couple years. I think there is just a toughness and presence and a confidence that he brings that will be great to have.”​ Also, offensive lineman Andrus Peat was limited at practice today. CB Sterling Moore (chest), RB Trey Edmunds (concussion) and TE Josh Hill (concussion) were listed as full participants in practice today. 


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