Despite a late-week scare from receiver Michael Thomas, who was added to the injury report with a hamstring tweak, there are no surprise inactives for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday against the Falcons in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Thomas, a Pro Bowler who enters the game with 94 receptions, and is the second player in NFL history to record 90 or more receptions in his first two seasons, worked out for team trainers prior to the game and apparently had no setbacks as the Saints (10-4) attempt to inch closer to an NFC South Division title.
Thomas caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 20-17 victory over the Saints on Dec. 7.
Also, returning to active status is receiver Ted Ginn Jr. , to supply the Saints’ deep threat. Ginn (46 catches, 678 yards, three touchdowns) is having one of the most productive seasons of his career.
New Orleans already had announced last week that it will be without tight end Michael Hoomanawanui for the game. Hoomanawanui suffered a concussion against the Jets and was declared as an early out, along with defensive end Trey Hendrickson and tight end Garrett Griffin. Griffin’s status leaves the Saints with two tight ends active for the game, Josh Hill and John Phillips. The Saints may remedy the shortage with more “heavy” usage, with offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus subbing in as an eligible receiver, and fullback Zach Line also may see more snaps.
The remaining inactives are running back Jonathan Williams, center Cameron Tom, receiver Austin Carr and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad.