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New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers final injury report

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The New Orleans Saints are on the road for their third consecutive game away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, taking on their closest NFC South competition in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today — also the second division game — for both teams.

Last week the Saints out lasted Cam Newton and the upstart Panthers at Bank of America Stadium 30 – 27, notching yet another fourt quarter comeback under the leadership of Drew Brees that helped the Saints move into first place in the South.

Meanwhile the Buccaneers were throttled by the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park 48 – 3 after the 49ers defense forced Josh Freeman into throwing two interceptions, one of which was taken back for a touchdown, while limiting both LeGarrette Blount and Earnest Graham to 64 combined rushing yards.

Tampa should play much better on the familiar turf of Raymond James Stadium, but ironically it’s the Saints that seem to find success on enemy territory there winning the last two match ups by a wide margin.

Inactive for the Saints: wide receiver Adrian Arrington, defensive end Jeff Charleston, linebacker Will Herring, corner back Johnny Patrick, offensive tackle Zach Strief, tight end David Thomas, and offensive lineman Matt Tennant.

Thomas has been recovering from a concussion for several weeks, Herring has battled a nagging calf injury, and Strief has been sidelined since injuring his knee against the Texans in week three.

Inactive for the Buccaneers: runningback LeGarrette Blount, linebacker Zach Diles, offensive tackle Derek Hardman, offensive tackle James Lee,  defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, tight end Luke Stocker, and wide receiver Sammie Stroughter.

Both Blount and McCoy were injured last week during Tampa’s loss to San Francisco — McCoy injured his knee — and Blount could miss a few weeks or more after spraining his MCL.

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