Saints place critical piece of offense on IR ahead of Falcons

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The Falcons have held the health advantage over their opponents more often than not, dating back to even last year, and Atlanta is set to once again have it over the Saints in Week 12.

Both clubs are coming off their bye weeks, and both had players nursing injuries.

For the Dirty Birds, the most concerning were David Onyemata and Dee Alford, who both missed Atlanta’s Week 10 contest against the Cardinals. However, on Monday, Arthur Smith updated the media that both defenders were back at practice, while Mack Hollins, who also missed the desert tilt, is still out.

On the other side, New Orleans has a laundry list of key players to monitor.

Derek Carr left the Saints’ Week 10 game against the Vikings with a concussion, and Dennis Allen said at a Monday press conference that the veteran remains in the league’s concussion protocol. Though there’s no indication one way or the other, I’d expect Carr will be out there.

Along with Carr, New Orleans lost Michael Thomas and Marshon Lattimore against Minnesota. Allen told reporters that he expects both to miss some time. Lattimore is the more important player, but there’s been no updates on his status.

As for Thomas, he won’t suit up this Sunday. According to Brooke Kirchhofer, the Saints placed the veteran receiver on the injured reserve.

The Falcons might catch an even bigger break if Lattimore can’t go as well. There’s no reason the Falcons shouldn’t win this football game, especially if Derek Carr doesn’t clear concussion protocol.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire


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