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New Orleans Saints: Injuries, Chris Ivory, and Mark Ingram

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The Saints have been relatively healthy this season, sure there have been a few bumps and bruises, and Marques Colston missed two games with a broken collarbone, but largely the team’s core players have remained standing.

Only three players were held out of practice yesterday — wide receiver Devery Henderson (calf), right tackle Zach Strief (knee) and tight end David Thomas.

Henderson was limited in practice last week heading into last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. He did play, but made only one catch for 11 yards, and he is likely to be limited again all this week heading into another crucial NFC South game against the Bucs.

No one knows for sure how long Strief will be sidelined while he recovers from his knee injury that he suffered in week three against the Houston Texans, but he has very little chance at playing this week.

Charles Brown will once again get the start in his place.

Meanwhile tight end David Thomas looks destined to miss his third straight game with concussion like symptoms. Recently rumors have swirled about him potentially landing on injured reserve, this after the Saints worked out several free agent tight ends.

Last season corner Randall Gay suffered a concussion and went in-and-out of the lineup before eventually getting placed on injured reserve. He was released this off-season and has yet to catch on with another NFL team.

Center Olin Kreutz is back to practicing in full and will start Sunday against Tampa after missing the last two games. Guard Brian De La Puente filled in his absence but will now be forced back into a reserve role.

De La Puente has played very well, so well in fact that some believe he should get the job permanently in place of Kreutz, but it seems un-likely the Saints see it this way meaning of course the starting spot will stay with Olin until he proves ineffective.