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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saints Injury Report: Jonathan Goodwin, David Hawthorne, Benjamin Watson

By on 9/27/2014 08:00:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints desperately need a win Sunday night on the road against the Dallas Cowboys to avoid a 1-3 start:

New Orleans' final injury report doesn't contain many surprises, as backup cornerback Patrick Robinson is the only new name on it from the beginning of the week. The Saints will hope to have a few players who are game-time decisions available Sunday night.

Starting center Jonathan Goodwin left last week's game against the Minnesota Vikings with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable after being limited in practice on Friday. If Goodwin cannot play, backup Tim Lelito would likely start in his place.

Backup tight end Benjamin Watson also exited early against Minnesota and is questionable with a groin injury. Jimmy Graham is clearly the No. 1 tight end option, but Watson still tends to see a healthy number of snaps in New Orleans' two or even three tight end sets.

Linebacker David Hawthorne is listed as questionable with ankle and knee injuries, which could make things harder against a Cowboys offense that rushed the ball well last week. Fellow linebacker Curtis Lofton should be able to play despite a shoulder injury.

Backup safety Marcus Ball has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. With Robinson also questionable with a hamstring injury, the Saints secondary could be thin on Sunday Night.

Running back Mark Ingram remains sidelined with a hand injury. Fullback Erik Lorig will also be inactive for the fourth consecutive week with an ankle injury.  

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