The Saints picked up a big road victory last week in Philadelphia and their reward is going to a much more hostile environment to play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.
One of the biggest areas of concern for the Saints this week, after the Eagles' exploitations of the New Orleans secondary late in the game, is the health of their top cornerback Keenan Lewis. Lewis left that game with a head injury and Philly's top wideout Vincent Jackson quickly came to life, sparking a late rally.
Lewis was cleared, returned to practice in full and is considered probable to make the start in Seattle. Guard Jahri Evans (ankle) and tackle Terron Armstead (knee) are also probable.
Starting running back Pierre Thomas missed last week's game with a chest injury. Thomas was able to return to practice on a limited basis at the end of this week and he'll be a questionable game-time decision on Saturday. Mark Ingram performed well in his absence in last week's game and would likely be called on again if Thomas isn't available. Defensive end Akiem Hicks is also questionable with an ankle injury.
It looks like Lewis will play, which is a big boost to the Saints' defensive efforts, as Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin is slated to return. Thomas is still pretty iffy but the Saints demonstrated good depth at running back last week and could do it again in pinch, if Thomas can't go Saturday.
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