Kenny Vaccaro still hoping to play

Updated: November 13, 2013, 9:00 PM ET
By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said he spoke too soon on Monday when he said via his Instagram account that he wouldn't play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Vaccaro said he saw reports that he was ruled out that morning and assumed they came from the Saints.

Vaccaro, who has suffered two concussions in the last three weeks, said he is still being evaluated -- though he didn't offer any other details on his status.

Clearly, the standout rookie is in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game, regardless. Vaccaro was held out of practice on Wednesday.

The good news for the Saints is that veteran safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper both fully participated in practice Wednesday, increasing their chances of returning this week from lingering knee injuries.

Vaccaro has had a strong rookie season for the Saints since they drafted him in the first round out of Texas. Up until he suffered his latest concussion in the third quarter of last Sunday night's 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, he had played in all but 11 snaps this season in a versatile role as a deep safety/nickel back/blitzer/linebacker. He has one interception, one sack and 45 tackles this season.

Tight end Benjamin Watson also missed practice for the Saints on Wednesday after suffering a concussion last Sunday. Linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (back) were also held out of practice.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (foot/elbow) and defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle) practiced on a limited basis – a good sign, since that's more work than they did at this time last week. Everyone else practiced fully.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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