Cam Newton, Hau'oli Kikaha

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is sacked by New Orleans Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha (44) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ORG XMIT: NCCB118

Bob Leverone

New Orleans Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha is active for the first time in the past three weeks.

Kikaha, who has two sacks but has played mostly as a situational pass rusher for the Saints, was a healthy scratch the past two weeks, prompting speculation about his role in New Orleans.

But the Saints have Kikaha up against Tampa Bay, which makes sense given the fact that the Buccaneers bring the No. 2 passing offense in the NFL into the Superdome. 

With Kikaha up, defensive tackle John Hughes is inactive after playing 11 snaps last week against Chicago's run-heavy offense. 

Saints Inactives

QB Taysom Hill

WR Austin Carr

G Larry Warford

C Cameron Tom

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

DT John Hughes

S Rafael Bush

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