New Orleans Saints safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins will not play at home against the Dallas Cowboys due to knee injuries, their team said.
Jenkins missed the Nov. 3 loss at the New York Jets, and Harper has been inactive since after Week 2. Other inactives are defensive end Tyrunn Walker, tackle Terron Armstead, defensive back Rod Sweeting, No. 3 quarterback Ryan Griffin and running back Khiry Robinson.
Walker has missed five games this season with knee problems, including the last four. The rest of the inactives are healthy.
Jenkins missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but was limited on Friday. Harper and Walker fully practiced all week.
Saints who were questionable but are available to play include tight end Jimmy Graham (foot/elbow), wide receiver Marques Colston (knee), defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle), guard Jahri Evans (hip), linebacker David Hawthorne (toe) and Curtis Lofton (ankle/hamstring). Of those, Colston sat out the defeat to the Jets.
In terms of safeties other than Jenkins and Harper, there’s Kenny Vaccaro, there’s Rafael Bush and Isa Abdul-Quddus. Chris Carr also plays a hybrid/cornerback safety role.
Carr on Friday said, “That’s always been a part of my game: versatility. If they ask me to go out there and play a position other than corner, I’m going to be ready for it. I know the plan.”
Dallas’ inactives are defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), cornerback and former LSU standout Morris Claiborne (hamstring), linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck), safety J.J. Wilcox (knee), tight Andre Smith and tackle Darrion Weems.
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (back) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh) are both active despite being listed on the injury report issued Friday.