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New Orleans Saints starters to play on Sunday; injury report, transactions


In an press conference currently in progress, New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton gives his plan for Sunday against the Carolina Panthers plus an injury report and team transactions.

Payton stated that all the starters for the Saints will play on Sunday against the Panthers.  There was a debate after Monday night if the starters including QB Drew Brees would play.

The reason for this is because many think the San Francisco 49ers have the #2 seed in the playoffs locked up with their upcoming game vs. the St. Louis Rams.  There is a chance though that if the Rams defeat the 49ers and the Saints win on Sunday, the Saints would then become the #2 seed.

Payton stated however that he would not be paying attention to the score for that game however.  He stated that he wants to keep going with the “club’s late season momentum”.  If the Saints win on Sunday, it would be their eighth win in a row and would be undefeated at home for the season.  A great boost for the postseason playoff run.

Payton also stated that as far as injuries for practice:  LB Jonathan Vilma(knee), WR Lance Moore(hamstring), TE John Gilmore(toe), and Malcolm Jenkins(neck) did not practice.  LB Jonathan Casillas was full participation while RB Mark Ingram was limited.

On transactions for the team, a familiar face returned as OT William Robinson was released and TE Tory Humphrey was signed.  Humphrey was possibly brought in as insurance since Gilmore may have turf toe.  QB Sean Canfield was released from the practice squad and WR Andy Tanner was signed to the squad.

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