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Saints Designate WR Keith Kirkwood To Return From IR

The Saints have designated wide receiver Keith Kirkwood to return from injured reserve, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Kirkwood, 25, suffered a hamstring injury in mid-September that knocked him to the sideline. He’s now returned to practice, opening a 21-day window during which New Orleans must either activate Kirkwood to its 53-man roster or leave him on IR for the remainder of the year.

A 2018 undrafted free agent out of Temple, Kirkwood spent the first half of his rookie campaign on the Saints’ practice squad before being promoted. He went on to play 44% of New Orleans’ remaining offensive snaps, posting 13 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the process.

The Saints’ wide receiver corps has mostly been a one-man show thus far in 2019 — Michael Thomas leads the club with 86 receptions, while Ted Ginn is second among wideouts with just 20. Kirkwood should factor in as back-of-the-roster depth while also playing on special teams.

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Saints’ Andrus Peat To Miss Time

Saints guard Andrus Peat will undergo surgery for a broken arm, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears. After the operation, he’s expected to miss six weeks of action. 

[RELATED: Saints’ CB Marshon Lattimore To Miss Time?]

Peat, 26, was a 2015 first-round pick and a Pro Bowler in 2018. He’s currently playing out his fifth-year option and is ticketed for free agency in March, so it’s an especially bad time for an extended absence.

Since ’15, Peat has appeared in 64 games, including 59 starts. He’s been playing reasonably well this season, though not quite at his previous Pro Bowl level.

The Saints offense, by and large, has been clicking tremendously. They’re 7-2, even after Sunday’s surprising loss to the Falcons. Next up: a shot at NFC South redemption against the Bucs, in Tampa.

In the interim, the Saints are expected to turn to Will Clapp as their new starter at left guard.

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Saints’ CB Marshon Lattimore To Miss Time?

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore suffered a hamstring strain that has him considered week-to-week, a source tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). The injury forced Lattimore out of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons and it sounds like it may keep him out of action for additional games. 

Soon after Lattimore exited Sunday’s game, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones torched the Saints’ D for a 54-yard reception. Lattimore, 23, has 38 tackles and one interception through nine games and ranks as Pro Football Focus’ No. 31 CB in the NFL. The advanced metrics put him ahead of A.J. Bouye, Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Darius Slay, Janoris Jenkins, and several other big names at the position.

The surprising loss on Sunday aside, the Saints are among the best in the league and continue to hold a solid lead in the NFC South. But, they have a critical stretch of games coming up against all three of their divisional rivals, including a grudge match against Atlanta on Thanksgiving. There’s no question that losing Lattimore would hurt as they look to lock down their playoff positioning, so the Saints will be keeping their fingers crossed today.

Lattimore, a 2017 first-round pick, is under contract through the 2020 season thanks to his rookie deal. The Saints can keep him through 2021 via the fifth-year option, but they’ll have to budget appropriately in order to keep him for 2022 and beyond.

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Kamara To Return For Saints

  • Alvin Kamara is officially back. Saints head coach Sean Payton announced Thursday that he expects to have his star running back on the field when New Orleans hosts the Falcons. Kamara has missed his team’s past two games as he dealt with knee and ankle issues. This will be the first time that Drew Brees and Kamara have shared the field since back in Week 2.

More Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

  • Claimed off waivers (Giants): LB Tae Davis

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Promoted from practice squad: CB Tevaughn Campbell

Miami Dolphins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/30/19

The latest NFL practice squad moves:

Buffalo Bills

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots

New York Jets

  • Signed: OL Leo Koloamatangi

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

  • Cut: LB Jake Carlock

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Robby Anderson Likely To Be Traded

We heard earlier this week that the Jets would consider trading wide receiver Robby Anderson for the right price, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports goes one step further, reporting that Anderson is almost certain to be dealt.

Plenty of teams have expressed interest in upgrading their receiving corps in advance of this Tuesday’s trade deadline, and big names like Emmanuel Sanders and Mohamed Sanu have already been moved. But clubs like the Saints, Eagles, and Jaguars continue to be on the lookout for a receiver, and with A.J. Green unlikely to be traded, Anderson may be the best receiver on the block.

Anderson will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and it’s common knowledge that the current Jets regime does not have much interest in re-signing him, so it’s unclear what kind of return Gang Green can expect. But Anderson is young, cheap, and explosive, so it makes sense that there is plenty of interest in his services.

The 3-4 Jaguars are perhaps the most surprising of Anderson’s potential suitors, especially since Anderson is essentially a two-month rental, but La Canfora says Jacksonville has let other teams know it intends to be a buyer, not a seller (the recent Jalen Ramsey blockbuster notwithstanding). With QB Nick Foles on the mend, the Jags seem to be eyeing a run at a wildcard berth.

Anderson has 17 catches for 266 yards and a score this year, though the Jets have been without starting QB Sam Darnold for most of the season. The Temple product does boast a very good 14.8 yards-per-reception mark in his career.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/26/19

Today’s minor moves:

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

New Orleans Saints

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Saints To Start Drew Brees In Week 8

Drew Brees will return to action Sunday. Although Sean Payton was not planning to announce a starter until Sunday, Ed Werder of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter) Brees will be tabbed to return.

The Saints have a Week 9 bye, but Brees got in three limited practices this week. Brees has been sidelined since Week 2 with a thumb injury but will step back into the lineup for a Saints team that went 5-0 with backup Teddy Bridgewater.

This marked the longest injury-related absence of Brees’ 19-year career, but he progressed ahead of schedule and will return to lead a 6-1 Saints team. Brees underwent surgery to repair a ligament in this throwing thumb but will be entrusted to keep the Saints’ win streak going.

The 12-time Pro Bowler led the team to the NFC title game last season, doing so after shattering his own completion percentage record (74.4%). The NFL’s all-time leading passer, Brees threw 32 touchdown passes for the Saints last season. The Saints are gunning for their third straight NFC South title, and Brees obviously stands to make New Orleans a more prohibitive favorite. The team is on the lookout for an additional Brees receiving target in advance of the trade deadline.

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