The 0-2 Saints ruled out four players for their home game Sunday against the Vikings on Friday. Running back Mark Ingram (fractured hand), linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle), safety Marcus Ball (hamstring) and fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) have been scratched.
Lorig and Ball missed the Saints’ defeats at Atlanta on Sept. 7 and at Cleveland on Sept. 14 with their injuries. Ingram and Hawthorne were hurt in Cleveland. Those four were sidelined for practice all week.
One Saint is questionable: reserve interior offensive lineman Tim Lelito (back). He sat out practice Friday. Wide receiver Joseph Morgan (knee), linebacker Curtis Lofton (shoulder), center Jonathan Goodwin (elbow) and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle) were probable.
Morgan fully practiced Friday. Lofton was limited Wednesday and Thursday but a full go Friday. Goodwin sat out practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and fully trained Friday. Knox wasn’t listed on the injury report Wednesday, was limited Thursday and fully practiced Friday.
For the Vikings (1-1), linebacker Chad Greenway (hand/rib), linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) were questionable Friday. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) was among several players the Vikings listed as probable.
So was linebacker Michael Mauti (foot), the son of former Saints receiver Rich Mauti and ex-Mandeville High standout.