Thursday, September 19, 2013
Saints’ injuries: Evans, Ingram, Harper out
By Mike Triplett
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints’ injury report didn’t change much on Wednesday. Guard Jahri Evans (hamstring), tailback Mark Ingram (toe), safeties Roman Harper (knee) and Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf) and defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring) were all held out of team drills.
The only change was that defensive end Glenn Foster was upgraded to limited participation -- a good sign for a defensive line that could use the depth.
The Saints don’t offer any specific details on injuries, so it’s still too early to predict whether any of the above players will be available for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Evans’ loss would have the biggest impact on the Saints if he can’t play Sunday -- or if he plays at less than 100 percent. Evans is the centerpiece of a Saints line that places a big emphasis on giving quarterback Drew Brees a strong pocket to step up into. And the Saints are trying to clean up an inconsistent run game early this season.
If Ingram, Harper or Abdul-Quddus can’t play, the Saints should have enough depth at those positions to absorb their losses.
The Saints will be thin on the defensive line if Bunkley and Johnson are out – but that’s been the case all season, and they’ve held up extremely well. They should actually be in better shape this week if they get back Foster and backup end Tyrunn Walker (also limited Thursday).