The Saints are travelling to Denver this weekend for a Sunday night matchup on NBC prime time television - and their first rematch with Peyton Manning since defeating him in Super Bowl XLIV.
The Saints did not take TE Daniel Graham (knee) or WR Joe Morgan (ribs) with them on the trip because of injuries. Because TE Jimmy Graham is also questionable with an ankle problem, the Saints took practice squad TE Michael Higgins with them on the trip, and may activate him on Sunday if Jimmy Graham cannot play.
Graham will be a game-time decision in Denver, as will starting LB David Hawthorne (hamstring), also listed questionable.
One of the pivotal players in that game, former Saint and current Bronco CB Tracy Porter, is not expected to play in the game with an illness, though he is officially listed as questionable. Porter felt ill, then suffered a seizure in August with his family, a scary event that Porter recovered from. When Porter began feeling dizziness and an elevated heart rate this week, the Broncos shut him down and have not cleared him to practice.
The Broncos were hoping to have LB D.J. Williams back from suspension for this game, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added three games to Williams' punishment stemming from a conviction for DUI.
Meanwhile, Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, who saw his first game action last week, and starting RDE Will Smith remain eligible to play as the legal wrangling over their bounty suspensions continues in the courts.