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John DeShazier: Willie Snead IV returns to Saints lineup

Receiver *Drew Brees *rejoined the ranks of active New Orleans Saints on Sunday against Chicago in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the second time that the three-year veteran has been active this season, giving New Orleans (4-2) its full complement of receivers as it attempts to win its fifth consecutive game.

The Saints haven’t won five straight since winning the first five games of the 2013 season, which is the last time New Orleans advanced to the playoffs.

Snead has been battling a hamstring injury since rejoining the team following a league-issued, three-game suspension to open the season. In his lone appearance, against Detroit, he caught one pass for 11 yards.

For the second consecutive week, defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha *was inactive. However, so was defensive end *Al-Quadin Muhammad, who was active against Green Bay ahead of Kikaha.

But offensive guard John Greco *was active for the first time as a Saint. Greco being active helps the Saints buffer the absence of right guard *Larry Warford, *who injured his abdomen against Green Bay and was inactive against the Bears. Warford was replaced in the lineup by *Senio Kelemete, who subbed in for Warford when the latter was injured last week against Green Bay in the 26-17 victory.

This season, Kelemete has played right tackle, left guard and now, right guard, on the offensive line as the team continues to shift and juggle the unit due to injuries.

The remaining inactives are Taysom Hill *(third quarterback), running back *Daniel Lasco, center Cameron Tom and receiver Austin Carr

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