Receiver Lance Moore will miss Sunday’s game with a left hamstring injury after missing the past three days of practice. Tight end John Gilmore (turf toe) and running back Mark Ingram (turf toe) also were listed as out for the regular season finale.
Pierre Thomas was fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct for putting a bow on a football and giving it to a fan, and another $5,000 for wearing red and green tape. But he says it was worth it. Thomas, whose bow-on-football stunt came after he scored a touchdown and also got the Saints a 15-yard penalty, said he was glad he did it.
A week after Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the single-season passing yardage record, one of his teammates may break a single-season yardage record of his own: Darren Sproles is within reach of the all-time record for all-purpose yards in a season.
High-powered offenses: Assuming the Saints play their starters, and they say they will, their game with the Panthers may look like a mismatch at first glance. But, look again. The Panthers are a much better team than they were earlier in the year. They’ve won four of their past five games and they’ve scored 164 points in that span. Since Week 12, only the Saints (189 points) and the Patriots (171) have scored more points. Carolina also has won three straight road games after snapping a 12-game road losing streak.
Saints strong safety Roman Harper and free safety Malcolm Jenkins were voted second and fourth alternates at safety, meaning they would be invited to play in the annual all-star game if the NFC players in front of them decline to attend. Though both would be honored to compete for the NFC if the opportunity presented itself, each has his eyes on a much bigger prize: Playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.