Nov 12, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive guard Andrus Peat (75) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.

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Saints looking healthy heading into game vs. Tampa Bay

A look at who will be missing from the Week 1 matchup

Steve Geller
September 05, 2018 - 5:22 pm
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The only player appearing on the team’s first injury report of the week is guard Andrus Peat. He left the preseason finale early and did not return to the game. Peat did not practice and is listed as having a quad injury.

The Saints week one opponent Tampa Bay are a little more banged up. Rookie nose tackle Vita Vea did not practice, while Tackle Donovan Smith, guard Evan Smith and cornerback M.J. Stewart were listed as limited.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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Tampa Bay won’t have Jameis Winston under center as he serves his 3 game suspension; instead Ryan Fitzpatrick will be leading the Bucs offense. Coach Sean Payton talked about the biggest difference between the 2 signal callers.

“I think they're both pocket passers. I think both of them can create. There's a little bit different playing style. The one thing you see on tape on times with Fitzpatrick is he’ll do a good job of kind of moving you one way and then be pretty aggressive with balls in the seams. I don’t know that he moves the same way Jameis does. Both of them are comfortable in the shotgun. I think the offense remains consistent. I don't think, sometimes when there's a change, it can move or shift in a direction differently because of the quarterback. I don't think that's the case with Ryan. I think the rushing numbers are going to be important for both teams. The third down numbers. Those special situations that we felt were the difference a year ago.”

The Saints, meanwhile, are down to two running backs on the active roster. Rookie Boston Scott was waived by the team and now just Alvin Kamara and Mike Gillislee are in the Black & Gold’s backfield.  Offensive lineman Michael Ola was resigned, taking Scotts spot on the roster.

The Saints opened as 9.5 points favorites at home for Sunday’s NFC South match-up.

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