The New Orleans Saints have found ways to win in the midst of balancing injuries and Covid-19 quarantines. As they prepare for their first playoff game against the Chicago Bears, the Saints luck looks to be changing just in time.
Wide receivers Michael Thomas and Deontae Harris, who have been out due to injuries, were both seen practicing on Wednesday.
Thomas has been struggling with an on-going ankle injury all season, and Harris hasn't seen game action since late November due to a neck injury.
In addition, after being moved to the reserve covid-19 list, running back Alvin Kamara teased his return on his personal Twitter account, stating, "See you Sunday."
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says all factors bring his team's offense to its full potential.
"We got the Bears coming up, and we're back at full strength," said Sanders. "We got Mike; we got Deontae back. Obviously, we're still missing Tre'Quan, but to have those guys back at practice and to see them healthy and fresh, seeing them flying around and seeing Deontae's speed again on the field, Mike coming out of the cuts catching passes, it feels good knowing we're going into the game with those guys."
The New Orleans Saints have ruled out sack leader Trey Hendrickson and offensive guard Nick Easton for Sunday's playoff game against Chicago. Hendrickson had a career-high 13 ½ sacks this season, which tied for second in the NFL. But he missed practice this week with a nagging neck injury that sidelined him from New Orleans' penultimate regular-season game. Easton has concussion symptoms. He has started nine games this season.