September 30, 2012

Razor Thin at LB in Green Bay

The Saints are in Green Bay to play the tough Packers squad with a depleted corps of linebackers.

WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) and his direct backup Jonathan Casillas (neck and knee) are out for the game.   LB Will Herring is expected to start at weakside linebacker, though the Saints may play a lot of two-linebacker sets today against the pass-happy Packers offense.

Behind starters Herring, MLB Curtis Lofton and SLB Scott Shanle, the Saints have only veteran MLB Barrett Ruud and SLB Ramon Humber.

Ruud has been with the Saints for less than a month and has appeared in only one game so far in uniform for New Orleans.  Humber just re-joined the Saints after serving a suspension that started after preseason.

MLB Jonathan Vilma remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Rotation DE Turk McBride is also out for the game with an ankle injury.

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