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Saints injuries: Only two miss practice

11/14/2013

METAIRIE, La. – Safety Kenny Vaccaro and tight end Benjamin Watson were held out of practice again for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday as they recover from concussions, decreasing the chances that they will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

The outlook is better for the rest of the Saints’ roster, though. Linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (back) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (toe/elbow) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. Everyone else practiced fully – including safeties Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) and Roman Harper (knee) and defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker (knee).

Jenkins’ issue was previously listed as a knee injury, but he said Thursday that it has been a hamstring issue all along. He seems likely to play Sunday, since coach Sean Payton said the team went back and forth on whether to play Jenkins last week.

If both Jenkins and Harper are able to return, the Saints should have enough depth to make up for the loss of Vaccaro. They also have experienced backups in safeties Rafael Bush and Isa Abdul-Quddus and nickel/dime backs Corey White and Chris Carr.