After ruling out four hurt players prior to Sunday night’s home game against the Green Bay Packers (5-2), the 2-4 New Orleans Saints revealed the three other players that’d be inactive by league mandate: wide receiver Joe Morgan, wide receiver Nick Toon and rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
All three are healthy.
Already scratched due to injuries were running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle) and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle). Robinson, Thomas and Goodwin were injured in the loss at Detroit last week.
Robinson and Thomas have combined for 693 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns this season, and Goodwin had started all six games at center this year. Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet should see increased workloads at running back as a result of the injuries; and they’ll be joined by Edwin Baker, promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Second-year pro Tim Lelito will make his first NFL start at center in place of Goodwin.
The finalization of the Saints’ inactives means cornerback Patrick Robinson will return to the line-up after sitting out last week’s loss at Detroit with a hurt hamstring. He also missed a setback in Dallas in Week 4 with the hamstring injury and will be suiting out for his fifth game.
It also means questionables cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee/shoulder), linebacker Ramon Humber (ankle), tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) and nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (concussion) will be suited up after being limited in practice all week. And fullback Erik Lorig will wear a Saints uniform in a game for the first time since joining the team as a free agent this past offseason. He had not been able to make his Saints debut since hurting an ankle at an Aug. 2 intrasquad scrimmage in West Virginia.
Both he and Austin Johnson will be available for the Saints at fullback.
For the Packers, the inactives are QB Scott Tolzien, cornerback Sam Shields, safety Morgan Burnett, linebacker Carl Bradford, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Jeff Janis and defensive end Datone Jones.
Jones had been ruled out Friday with a hurt ankle. Shields was doubtful with a knee injury. And Burnett was questionable with a hurt calf.