The three healthy scratches the Saints (0-2) announced for Sunday’s home game against the Vikings (1-1) were wide receiver Nick Toon, nose tackle John Jenkins and rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
The Saints on Friday had ruled out four injured players: running back Mark Ingram (fractured hand), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle), linebacker David Hawthorne (hamstring) and safety Marcus Ball (hamstring).
Ingram’s role will mostly be played by second-year running back Khiry Robinson. Hawthorne’s will be assumed by backup Ramon Humber.
Reserve interior offensive lineman Senio Kelemete will be active on Sunday for his first game as a member of the Saints. That comes after backup center/guard Tim Lelito missed practice Friday with an injured back.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Glenn Foster return to the line-up after being inactive for the Saints’ 26-24 defeat at Cleveland on Sept. 14. Veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson is also active after there was speculation he may have been left inactive after struggling mightily in Cleveland.
For the Vikings, backup quarterback Christian Ponder, wide receiver Charles Johnson, cornerback Shaun Prater, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey, wide receiver Rodney Smith and defensive end Scott Chrichton are inactive. Watts (knee) and Smith (hamstring) were listed on the Vikings’ injury report.
On a note of local interest, linebacker Michael Mauti will be available to play against the Saints. Mauti was a standout at Mandeville High School and is the son of former Saints wide receiver Rich Mauti, who was at the team’s Hall of Fame museuem signing autographs Sunday morning.