New Orleans will likely get one cornerback back in action on Sunday, but the Saints could be missing both of the talented rookie defensive backs who have been so key to the defense's success this season.
Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who missed the Rams game with an ankle injury suffered against Washington, did not practice on Thursday, and neither did rookie free safety Marcus Williams, who suffered a groin injury against Los Angeles.
Lattimore had been limited on Wednesday. Fellow starter Ken Crawley, who also missed the Rams game with a strained oblique, has been limited on both days of practice but expects to play against the Carolina Panthers.
"Looks like I'm going to go this week, it's a work in progress," Crawley said. "I'll just have to deal with it. This is an important game."
Crawley was injured on a tackle in the second quarter against Washington, but the pain didn't set in right away and he was able to finish the win over the Redskins.
He admits he's been sore this week.
"I've just got to forget about it," Crawley said.
Left tackle Terron Armstead (thigh/shoulder) and tight end Coby Fleener (concussion) also did not practice. Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (elbow), defensive end Trey Hendrickson and right guard Larry Warford (shoulder) were all limited along with Crawley. Special teams ace Trey Edmunds (shoulder) returned to full participation....Read more