November 29, 2009

Ellis, Saints D will fight the Patriots Monday Night

  • The Saints will be without starting CB Tracy Porter and slot WR Lance Moore on Monday night. Neither practiced on Friday or Saturday.

    RB Reggie Bush (knee), cornerbacks Jabari Greer (groin) and Randall Gay (hamstring), C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), DE Bobby McCray (knee and back), and MLB Jonathan Vilma (knee) limited in three days of practice this week and are listed as questionable.

    That list doesn't include DT Sedrick Ellis, sidelined with an MCL sprain in Miami five weeks ago, and who is due to return to action Monday Night. The Saints may also enjoy the healthy return of starting CB Jabari Greer.

  • On the Patriots' side, three different offensive tackles are listed as questionable: Matt Light, Sebastian Vollmer and Nick Kazcur. Journeyman Mark LeVoir has been playing both right and left tackle.

  • The Saints are still up four games over the 6-5 Falcons going into Monday night's game. The Saints could have clinched the NFC South division with a Falcons loss and a Monday night victory. The Saints can still clinch the NFC South with a win in Washington next weekend and an Atlanta loss to Philadelphia regardless of Monday Night's outcome.

  • The Vikings are the NFC's second place team in playoff standings with a 10-1 record after defeating Chicago today. Both the Saints and Vikings have one game remaining against AFC opponents, and Minnesota's only loss was to an AFC team.

    Both the Saints and Vikings remain undefeated in the NFC, with the tie-breaker being conference record in the absence of a head-to-head matchup.

    Should conference record remain tied, the next tiebreaker is opponents' winning percentage.

  • Former Saints practice squad QB Tyler Palko and QB Joe Flacco were in uniform on Sunday Night Football in Baltimore, but Flacco was a starter and Palko was an injury-forced backup. That's pretty ironic, since Palko beat out Flacco for the University of Pittsburgh starting quarterback job in 2005, and Flacco transferred to FCS school Delaware. In 2007, Palko went undrafted, and one of his stops was in New Orleans. In 2008, Flacco was a first round pick of the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Saints great Rickey Jackson is an NFL Hall of Fame semifinalist, making the cut of 25 players to be considered. The list will be paired to 15 on wildcard weekend and the final class will be announced on Super Bowl weekend.

  • For a business that thrives and owes its very existence to fan support, choking off a large segment of its free publicity seems illogical.

  • On a related note, local Saints TV ratings are at an all-time high.

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