NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dennis Allen will need the second half of his first season as Saints head coach to go better than the first if New Orleans is to entertain any postseason possibilities.
The good news for Allen and the Saints (3-6) is that they remain just a game out of first place in the NFC South with eight to play — and many teams would take that.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Receivers Michael Thomas and Rashod Bateman could have been two of the marquee performers in Monday night’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints.
Instead, both were placed on injured reserve this week, leaving their teams to figure out how to move on without them for the rest of this season.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints had most of the previous two seasons to adjust to playing without two-time All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas.
Now their highest-paid pass catcher is scheduled for toe surgery that is expected to wipe out the rest of yet another season.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints leading receiver Chris Olave said he expects to play in Arizona on Thursday night after missing last Sunday's game because of a recent concussion.
“I'm ready to get back to it,” Olave, who was drafted 11th overall last spring, said after practice on Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — First-year Saints coach Dennis Allen is seeing his team's resolve tested early this season.
Injuries have piled up at key spots and winnable games have slipped away.
Starting quarterback Jameis Winston has a back injury that hampered him for two games before he gave way to backup Andy Dalton in Week 4.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Andy Dalton is expected to start at quarterback for New Orleans when the Saints host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, while receiver Michael Thomas has been ruled out for a second straight game because of his foot injury.
LONDON (AP) — Saints running back Alvin Kamara is inactive for New Orleans' game against the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday because of a rib injury.
Kamara had earlier been listed as questionable but participated in practice this week.
LONDON (AP) — Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton is preparing to square off with Kirk Cousins again in London.
Dalton is expected to start after Jameis Winston was listed as doubtful for New Orleans’ game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
LONDON (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston said he's preparing to start in the NFL’s first international game this year after being held out of practice on Wednesday with a back injury that has plagued him all season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints boarded a plane to London on Sunday night with plenty of excess baggage, including a two-game losing streak and several questions at wide receiver.
Veteran starting wideout Michael Thomas left New Orleans’ 22-14 loss to Carolina with a toe injury.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Laviska Shenault was frustrated over being declared inactive for his first two games with the Carolina Panthers after being acquired in a late preseason trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
NEW ORLEANS (1-1) at CAROLINA (0-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Saints by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
ATLANTA (AP) — A new coach. A bunch of guys coming back from injuries. A 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
None of it flustered the New Orleans Saints, who pulled off a stunning comeback Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (9-8) at ATLANTA (7-10)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Saints by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas couldn't stop smiling as he sat on a countertop in the locker room at club headquarters and discussed his impending comeback.
Nearby, James Hurst beamed about being the Week 1 starter at left tackle after working his way back from a broken bone in his left foot last month.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints second-year receiver Kawaan Baker is facing a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced on Tuesday.
The statement from the NFL said Baker is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, and will be allowed to return to the Saints’ active roster on Oct.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — After New Orleans Saints top receiver Michael Thomas practiced for the first time in more than a year, he sounded determined to grow from his prolonged struggle to return from a left ankle injury — and was in no mood to consider how he might have handled it differently.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-8)
CAMP SITE: Metairie, Louisiana
LAST YEAR: New Orleans won five of seven games Jameis Winston started before his first season as Drew Brees' successor ended with a knee injury.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints expect their offense to be more productive next season.
The optimism is largely based on the expectation that they will have quarterback Jameis Winston and former All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas back from serious injuries.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Chris Olave just arrived in New Orleans. Michael Thomas will be returning soon.
The two former Ohio State stars are central figures in a rebuilt Saints receiving corps designed to improve the NFL’s least productive passing game in 2021 with 187.4 yards per game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have been relatively small players in free agency this offseason. They figure to be more active in next week’s draft.
“As an overall philosophy,” first-year head coach Dennis Allen said, “I’d rather augment our team through free agency and really build our team through the draft.”
16, 19. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-8)
LAST SEASON: New Orleans opened 5-2 in the first season that Jameis Winston took over for franchise all-time leading passer Drew Brees. But Winston’s season ended with a knee injury in his seventh game.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LT Terron Armstead, S Marcus Williams, QB Jameis Winston, DB P.J. Williams, WR Tre’Quan Smith, LB Kwon Alexander, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Ty Montgomery, S Jeff Heath, QB Trevor Siemian, DT Jalyn Holmes, TE Garrett Griffin.