In just a few days, the New Orleans Saints will have an interesting Week 16 matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve. There's something special about watching football during a holiday weekend and hopefully, the Saints give all of us a resounding win as a Christmas gift.
Unfortunately for the Saints, they got hit with quite the injury bug leading to Saturday's early afternoon game. They'll be without Jarvis Landry, Chris Olave, and Cesar Ruiz as their hopes of making it back-to-back wins look a little slimmer. It'll be harder but not impossible.
At the time of this writing, the Saints are 5-9 and are still in the hunt for an NFL playoff berth. It won't be easy but with just a few weeks left in the regular season, all they can do is win out and hope for the best in a very tight NFC South race. It'll likely come down to the wire as here's to hope the Saints win the division to earn a ticket to the postseason.
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Saints rule out Chris Olave, put Jarvis Landry on IR [Katherine Terrell, ESPN]
The Saints will be without two of their best wide receivers against the Browns. It's a shame since Olave actually leads the team in receiving yards and it's always a great thing to have Landry on the gridiron thanks to everything he brings to the table. As always, it'll be "next man up" for the Saints' receiving corps.
Saints place guard Cesar Ruiz on injured reserve, make three other Tuesday transactions [Terrin Waack, NOLA.com]
As they say, to win football games is to win the battle of the trenches. Offensive guard Cesar Ruiz has been an anchor at right guard on the Saints' offensive line all season long and will miss this Week 16 matchup due to a severe foot injury.
Will Smith Jr., son of late Saints Super Bowl champ, signs with his father’s alma mater [John Sigler, Yahoo! Sports]
For those of you that remember defensive end Will Smith, his son, Will Smith Jr. officially signed with the Ohio State Buckeyes. It's a beautiful sight to see him follow in his father's footsteps who also went to Ohio State. Who knows, perhaps one day, he'll also be a Saint to carry on his father's legacy since he's a defensive lineman as well.