After missing the Saints’ Week 1 loss at Atlanta with a lingering quadriceps injury, wide receiver Kenny Stills will return to New Orleans’ line-up for Sunday’s showdown at Cleveland, the team said.
Stills led the NFL with 20 yards per catch and had five touchdowns as a rookie for the Saints in 2013.
His return meant Saints wide receiver Joseph Morgan was deactivated after playing in the season opener but not making a catch on three targets, two of which were deep. Another new inactive is second-year defensive end Glenn Foster — his spot will be taken by nose tackle John Jenkins, who was a healthy scratch for the contest in Atlanta.
The rest of the Saints’ inactives were out the first week of the season: rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, reserve offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, fullback Erik Lorig, safety Marcus Ball and wide receiver Nick Toon.
Lorig and Ball have been battling ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively. The rest are healthy.
For the Browns, star tight end Jordan Cameron and former LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo are among the inactives with shoulder injuries. They both missed practice all week.
Under Cameron on the Browns’ depth chart are Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray and Gerell Robinson, signed earlier in the week off Denver’s practice squad. Under Mingo is outside linebacker Eric Martin, who attended the Saints’ 2013 training camp as an undrafted rookie, was cut from the team and eventually ended up in Cleveland.
Another inactive is veteran running back Ben Tate — he had been ruled out with a knee injury at the beginning of the practice week. The rest are defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, cornerback Pierre Desir, defensive end John Hughes, wide receiver LaRon Byrd and defensive lineman Ishma’ily Kitchen.
Hughes was questionable with a hamstring issue.