It didn’t take long for the New Orleans Saints to fill out their injured reserve list. Two defensive starters landed on the list after their dominant Week 1 victory, but the good news is that neither player is done for the year. In fact, most of the injured players will be back sooner rather than later. NFL rules stipulate that players must be inactive on injured reserve for at least three weeks before they are eligible to return.
Before we get into the list, here’s a quick refresher on which games are ahead of the Saints before their Week 6 bye (and don’t forget, wide receiver Michael Thomas and defensive tackle David Onyemata will return not long after the break):
- Week 2 at Carolina Panthers
- Week 3 at New England Patriots
- Week 4 vs. New York Giants
- Week 5 at Washington Football Team
So who is on the list, and when will they be eligible to suit up to play again? Every player’s recovery timeline is different, but here is the soonest each of them could return:
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