New Orleans Saints: Regular season opener injury report

The Saints are hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today for their regular-season opener. Let’s look at some of the injury report highlights.

The New Orleans Saints open up this season which is projected to be even better than the 13-3 season they had last year. They welcome the completely revamped Tampa Bay Buccaneers team into the Superdome today.

DE, Marcus Davenport – OUT

According to New Orleans’ website, Marcus Davenport hasn’t practiced in the last four days with an elbow injury. With Davenport officially listed out for today’s game, that means the next man up is Trey Hendrickson.

Hendrickson filled in last year for Davenport whenever he was injured. Hendrickson wasn’t necessarily as good as Davenport, but he was not bad. He was a very successful replacement and should be again this year in Week 1.

OL, Cesar Ruiz – OUT

For everyone who wanted to see the Saints’ new surprise rookie talent, they will have to wait until next week at the earliest. Like Davenport, Ruiz hasn’t practiced since Wednesday of this week, and he is officially listed out for today with an ankle injury.

Unfortunately, the Saints released Larry Warford to open up cap space earlier in the offseason, so we are back to Nick Easton as the backup. That will make the offensive line even thinner this week with only three replacements should someone else go down.


New Orleans cornerback P.J. Williams has been limited in practice Thursday and Friday because of a hamstring injury. The Saints are officially listing him as questionable for Week 1. This injury does not hurt as bad if Williams is downgraded to doubtful and officially out.

It would leave the cornerback position with just Justin Hardee and Patrick Robinson. That is doable, but let’s just hope that Williams will be good to go today.

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Today is the day that New Orleans fans have been waiting for. If 2020 has you depressed, nothing will fix that like a Saints’ football gameday. Even without Davenport and Ruiz, the Saints should be able to pull out a Week 1 win.

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