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New Orleans Saints: Stanley Arnoux, Sean Canfield And The Cowboys

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New Orleans has lost another linebacker this season to injury deciding to place second year backer Stanley Arnoux on the injured reserve list after suffering another Achilles injury similar to the type that ended his season in 2009.

Arnoux was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Wake Forest when his rookie season was cut short due to a very similar achilles injury. He was a top backup at the weak side linebacker position but primarily contributed on special teams where he was recorded five tackles and one forced fumble so far this season.

Rookie quarterback Sean Canfield was promoted off the teams practice squad to take Arnoux’s spot on the active roster, how long he wil occupy it is still yet to be seen.

Canfield was the Saints seventh round pick this year and did compete in training camp alongside Patrick Ramsey and Chase Daniel to become Brees’ backup for the foreseeable future but obviously fell short before being assigned to the practice squad the day after final roster cuts.

New Orleans released their final injury report before Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and to no one’s surprise top running back Pierre Thomas will again sit out while recovering from a tendon tear in his left ankle. Backup running back Ladell Betts has also been ruled out.

Reggie Bush also remains questionable to play but has said “he feels good” although a similar statement was made before the Saints game against the Seahawks where he became a last minute scratch. Head coach Sean Payton thinks he also has a good chance to play but at this point most Saints fans would believe it once they see it.

Also questionable for the Saints are tight end Jeremy Shockey, safety Malcolm Jenkins, and safety Darren Sharper. All three missed Sunday’s game against the Seahawks so their status while likely boil down to a game time decision.

The Cowboys have a rather short injury list but some good news for the Saints defense is that top running back Felix Jones is questionable and is highly likely to sit out the game. Jones has rushed for 404 yards this season and can be a factor in the receiving game catching 30 passes for 277 yards and once touchdown.

Check out Keith Null’s weekly article about the Saints on NFL.com by clicking here.

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