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Saints Rule Out Three Key Players for Week 4 Game

Devon Platana
The New Orleans Saints have ruled out three key players for their Week 4 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
The New Orleans Saints have ruled out three key players for their Week 4 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. / (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

The New Orleans Saints look to get back on track when they face the Minnesota Vikings in London, England for NFL Week 4 action. Unfortunately, pulling off a victory across the pond won't be easy as the Saints deal with several injuries, leading to three players already being ruled out on Friday.

The Saints have already declared that wideout Michael Thomas, offensive guard Andrus Peat and safety Marcus Maye won't play on Sunday.

Saints Injury Report

Thomas' status isn't shocking after he missed all three practice sessions this week due to a foot injury. Considering how New Orleans' No. 1 wide receiver was absent for the entirety of the 2021 campaign with an ankle injury, it's understandable why fans are concerned about his health.

Meanwhile, Peat exited the Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers with a concussion and remains in protocol. The three-time Pro-Bowler has been an important part of the offensive line so far, giving up one sack on 161 offensive snaps.

Maye has been limited in practice over the last two weeks with a rib injury and even sat out of last Sunday's game. Until he starts to participate more during practice sessions, chances are he'll remain sidelined.

Jameis Winston Injury Update

While he hasn't been ruled out to face the Vikings, quarterback Jameis Winston is listed as doubtful for Week 4. The 28-year-old gunslinger has sat out of practice with ankle and back injuries, meaning he could use some extra time to heal before his next start.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that backup QB Andy Dalton will likely get the start in London. The 12th-year elder statesman started in six of eight games for the Chicago Bears last season, completing 149 passes for 1,515 yards and eight touchdowns to nine interceptions.

In addition to Winston likely not playing, WR Jarvis Landry and No. 1 running back Alvin Kamara are both questionable for Week 4. Both men did practice in limited fashion on Friday, leaving time to tell just how shorthanded the Saints will be against the Vikings.

Vikings vs Saints Odds

New Orleans' injuries aren't doing the team any favors in oddsmakers' eyes. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists the Saints as 3-point underdogs in London, giving the Vikings -114 odds to cover the spread as well.

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