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New Orleans Saints: An early preview of the final 53-man roster

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Defensive Line: Will Smith, Aubrayo Franklin, Shaun Rogers, Sedrick Ellis, Jeff Charleston, Cameron Jordan, Turk McBride, Junior Galette

Linebacker: Jonathan Vilma, Scott Shanle, Jonathan Casillas, Will Herring, Martez Wilson, Nate Bussey, Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Cornerback: Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter, Patrick Robinson, Leigh Torrence, Johnny Patrick

Safety: Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Pierson Prioleau, Chris Reis, Jonathon Amaya

Punter/KOS: Thomas Morstead

Kicker: John Kasay

Long Snapper: Justin Drescher

There are other potential possibilities. Running back Chris Ivory has yet to practice in training camp, making him a prime target for the PUP list.

That would keep him out the first six weeks of the year which would enable more time for him to recover from the Lisfranc procedure and hernia surgery he underwent this off-season.

Ivory though could be closer to actually playing them some might think. If the Saints feel he can contribute sooner than week six, then he is likely to get the roster spot given how lethal he can be as a runner.

However if the Saints were to put him on the PUP list they could sign either Tom Johnson, Ramon Humber, Isa Abdul-Quddus, or Mitch King to help bolster depth.

Kicker Garrett Hartley could miss six to ten weeks with a hip flexor. Payton later disputed this report saying that it was grossly inaccurate.

Ex-Panther John Kasay was signed to replace Hartley, but he struggled yesterday against the Titans missing a field goal from 39 yards and an extra point attempt.

Kasay’s performance aside, if Hartley is to miss any significant time then the Saints must decide whether to place him on injured reserve or face carrying two kickers into the season.

The depth at safety has to be a concern and Abdul-Quddus could very well make the roster on this premise alone. It’s rumored that Darren Sharper could make a return to the Saints, but only time will tell if he will indeed be back in 2011.