Saints Prepare To Face Dolphins Without Starting LB Scott Fujita


Starting strong side linebacker Scott Fujita has all but been ruled out for Sundays match up against the Miami Dolphins.

Fujita injured his calf mid-way through the first quarter of the Saints 48-27 rout of the New York Giants last Sunday.

Troy Evans, the top backup at strong side, replaced Fujita for the entirety of the game and played fairly well, posting four tackles including one for a loss.

However Fujita has not been totally ruled out for Sunday’s game even though he has not practiced at all this week.

Head coach Sean Payton is taking a wait and see approach to Fujita’s recovery and most likely he will be a game time decision.

"“We’ll get a better feel as this week goes on what the extent of it is,” Payton said, “and whether it’s realistic that he has a chance to play this week or not. We won’t know that until later on.”"

If Fujita is unable to play, which seems certain, expect the Dolphins to attack backup Troy Evans with heavy doses of running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

I’m sure defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is well aware of this fact and will adjust his game plan accordingly, potentially running a 3-4 scheme to accomodate the Dolphins run game.