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Saints hit hard by injuries as they face Bucs today

The Saints will be without their top receiver in rookie Michael Thomas.

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The Saints will be without their top receiver in rookie Michael Thomas.

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The Bucs have four players out with injuries for today's home game, but the Saints have been hit hard by injuries -- starting center Max Unger is inactive, as is their leading tackler, linebacker Craig Robertson, and their top receiver in rookie Michael Thomas. New Orleans is also playing without its No. 2 tackler as safety Kenny Vaccaro, who begins serving a four-game suspension today.

For the Bucs, they will play without OT Demar Dotson (concussion), WR Adam Humphries (concussion), S Chris Conte (chest) and TE Luke Stocker (ankle), with the other inactives healthy scratches in No. 3 QB Ryan Griffin, rookie guard Caleb Benenoch and rookie defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert.

With Dotson out, veteran Gosder Cherilus will get his first start of the season at right tackle, and with Conte out, Keith Tandy will start for a second straight game. Brandon Myers steps in for Stocker, and the Bucs will lean on Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino, as well as newcomers Josh Huff and Donteea Dye with Humphries inactive and Cecil Shorts now on injured reserve.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2016 3:43pm]

    

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