Shark Bites

Saints QB Drew Brees hasn't yet decided whether he'll return for another season in 2020. He's set to be a free agent in March but said that he won't play for a team other than New Orleans. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year, but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint," Brees said. The 41-year-old remained as efficient as ever this past season, completing 74.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He ranked 3rd in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 30 QBs with 300+ drop backs. If Brees does decide to hang up his cleats this offseason, the Saints would likely turn to QB Teddy Bridgewater.

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin) and CB Eli Apple (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will get another start in Bell's place. Janoris Jenkins figures to start in Apple's place.

The Saints had a walkthrough practice Wednesday, according to NOLA.com's Amie Just. They listed S Vonn Bell as a limited participant. That marks progress after Bell missed all practices and both games with a knee injury over the past 2 weeks. We'll see if he's ready for Sunday's visit to Carolina.

8:12am EST 12/21/19

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee) out for the 2nd straight game. His replacement, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, is questionable with the concussion that knocked him out of Monday night's win over the Colts. The rookie put in a full practice Friday, though, and seems likely to gain final clearance for Sunday against the Titans.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Friday and Saturday. He's averaged 71 yards and .8 TDs over his last 5 games and is a TE1 with upside for Monday night's game against the Colts.

4:12pm EST 12/14/19

The Saints have ruled S Vonn Bell (knee) out for Monday night's game against the Colts. That should mean rookie Chauncey (C.J.) Gardner-Johnson starting in his place. Gardner-Johnson has produced solid numbers in limited starting duty this season -- mostly at slot CB. He's a viable replacement for Bell in your IDP lineup.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) graduated to a full practice on Friday. That seemingly puts him on track to be cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts. We'll get another update on Cook's status tomorrow.

Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He has an extra day to get cleared for Monday night's game against the Colts, but consider Cook no better than 50/50 for that one. Josh Hill will serve as New Orleans' lead pass-catching TE if Cook is out.

Saints TE Jared Cook exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers to get checked for a concussion. He took a shot to the head on a 26-yard TD -- his 2nd score of the game. We'll update Cook's status when we know more.

Update: Cook has been diagnosed with a concussion and been ruled out.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Falcons. He missed the past 2 games.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. Lattimore missed the past 2 games and remained limited in practice this week. We'll check his availability tonight, when the inactives are announced.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. That means P.J. Williams will likely slide out to start in Lattimore's place again, and rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson should see starter-level playing time in the slot. Both are down-the-list IDP options. Lattimore's absence improves the matchup for Panthers lead WR D.J. Moore.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He made it back to a limited practice Friday after missing the previous 2 days with the calf injury that cost Lattimore the Week 11 game at Tampa. Even if he plays, Lattimore looks like a risky bet to play a full game. Find a safer option for the DB/CB slots on your IDP rosters.

The Saints have ruled CB Marshon Lattimore (thigh) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That's good news for Mike Evans, who caught 0 passes among 3 targets in their earlier meeting.

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Falcons with a thigh injury and did not return. Lattimore could be seen jogging on the sideline and riding a stationary bike, trying to make his way back. We'll see if that means New Orleans' lead corner can make it back for next Sunday's trip to Tampa Bay. If he does, Lattimore will be in a good spot for IDP production. If he doesn't, the matchup gets much better for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s smash spot at home for the Falcons. Kamara might cede a bit more work to RB Latavius Murray than he was before the injury, but he remains a high-end RB1. Murray is in the RB3/Flex mix in this week's plus matchup.

Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s been out since Week 5 but should step back in as New Orleans’ #3 WR. That gives him some DFS tournament appeal in a pristine matchup against the Falcons.

Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) was a full-go in practice all week and will play against the Falcons this weekend. Cook will step back in as New Orleans’ lead pass-catching TE and boasts lots of TD upside with the Saints sporting a huge 32.5-point implied total.

Saints HC Sean Payton confirmed that RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) is expected to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons. That's been the belief for a while now, so it was surprising to see Kamara limited in Wednesday's practice. He might cede a bit more work to Latavius Murray on Sunday, but Kamara is right back to RB1 status.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's expected to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday and/or Friday.

 
 
 

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