December 11, 2011

Saints Missing Key Players in Nashville

The Saints are short two keys on the defensive line, starter Sedrick Ellis and rotational pass rusher Turk McBride, thanks to leg injuries.  Pass rushing linebacker Jonathan Casillas is also out, stealing some weapons from Gregg Williams against Matt Hasselbeck, who beat the Saints as a Seahawk last year in the playoffs.

Inactives for the Saints are WR Adrian Arrington, OLB Jonathan Casillas (right knee), starting DT Sedrick Ellis (hamstring), RB Mark Ingram (turf toe), DE Turk McBride (left ankle), recently-signed OT William Robinson, and reserve veteran CB/S Leigh Torrence.

While TE Jimmy Graham is active and in uniform on the field, he didn't start, giving way to free agent addition John Gilmore, Jr.  Graham was passive in warmups and did get on the field on the Saints' first drive, though he was noticeably not at full speed, nearly walking.

With Ingram out, second year RB Chris Ivory was active for only the third time this season.

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