New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes as offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) blocks against the Detroit Lions during the first half on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Facing a quick turnaround heading into Thursday's trip to Atlanta, the New Orleans Saints decided to be careful with a pair of injured starters who had a chance to play against the Panthers.

Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who returned to practice on a limited basis during the week and was listed as questionable, was on the field working with trainers during the pregame, but the Saints decided to leave him inactive, eliminating any chance of him taking the field.

New Orleans made a different decision with left tackle Terron Armstead.

Armstead, who battled thigh and shoulder injuries suffered against Los Angeles through the week, was placed on the active roster and available in case of emergency, but the Saints moved left guard Andrus Peat out to left tackle and started Senio Kelemete in Peat's usual place. 

Saints coach Sean Payton declined to comment on the decisions.

"I'm not going to get into the injuries," Payton said. "We'll see where they're at next week."

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