Strong safety Roman Harper has blossomed into one of the Saints best defensive weapons since Gregg Williams took over the unit prior to the start of the 2009 season.
Against the Colts Harper help the defense hold Indianapolis to a little over 200 yards of total offense and once touchdown.
As solid as a performance it was, Harper still feels the defense could have done better and that there is still plenty of work to do before their upcoming game against the St. Louis Rams.
"The seven points we gave up came off allot if missed tackles, and I had one or so myself so we have to continue to improve in that area. It’s great that we head a great win, but looking back on it we still have allot of things to improve and that is the best thing about it. We can still build from this and continue, we still left some meat on the bone and we’re still eating and trying to be hungry."
New Orleans defense is likely in for another big game when it comes time to face the Rams, the NFL’s lowest scoring offense, that may be without the services of their star quarterback Sam Bradford.
Bradford injured his ankle in week six. Backup AJ. Feely replaced him in the lineup last week against the Cowboys, and he is once again questionable to face the Saints.
Injuries are scare in New Orleans at the moment, besides the regular names that continue to dwell on the injury report — linebacker Will Herring (hamstring), right tackle Zach Strief (knee), and tight David Thomas (concussion).
The only injury stemming from the Indianapolis game being that of running back Mark Ingram, who injured his hell on a long run in the fourth quarter.
Ingram limped off the field in visible pain before being escorted to the locker room shoeless by the trainers. X-ray’s on his foot came back negative for any damage although the prognosis is he has a severely bruised heel.
Ingram could be in jeopardy of missing this Sunday’s game if the pain persists, and depending on his status now may be a good time for the team to take Chris Ivory off the PUP list if he is unable to play.
Ivory (hernia, foot) is fully healthy and ready to resume practicing. The Saints have not made any true indications of if or when they plan to add him to the active roster, but they may be forced into a move this week