New Orleans Saints: Linebacker Scott Fujita Expected To Play Against Rams, Cornerback Jabari Greer Ruled Out Among Others
The Saints are set to square off against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome but they will have to do it without starting corner Jabari Greer.
Greer injured his groin in the fourth quarter of the Saints win over the Carolina Panthers when he leaped to defend a pass intended for receiver Steve Smith.
Most likely head coach Sean Payton is playing it safe with Greer considering the softness of the Saints next two games, the 1-7 Rams and the 1-7 Buccaneers.
Greer will be replaced by last years starting corner Randall Gay who lead the team in passes defensed last season.
Also ruled out against the Rams are defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (knee) and wide receiver Lance Moore (ankle).
Free safety Darren Sharper, the current league interception leader, is listed as questionable with a mysterious knee injury although it seems unlikely he will not play come game day.
Line backer Scott Fujita will finally return to the playing field from a three week hiatus after straining his left calf muscle in the week seven win against the Dolphins.
Fujita is the Saints starting outside linebacker, during his absence he was subbed by backup Troy Evans and although Evans was an adequate replacement the run defense has suffered without him in the lineup.
In the absence of Ellis and Fujita both the run defense has fallen from sixth in the league to nineteenth over the course of 2.5 games as the Saints have given up an average of 150 yards rushing to opposing backs — his return will be a welcome addition to an ailing run defense.
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