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METAIRIE Tre'Quan Smith Jersey , La. (AP) —Anzalone and nickel back P.J. Williams from participating in the playoffs when the New Orleans Saints nearly advanced to the NFC title game last season.The fact that all three have played virtually the entire 2018 season only begins to tell the story of how relatively healthy the Saints are as they return to the postseason as their conference’s No. 1 seed.And the bye week they earned will only help.“Health in general is an important aspect of this game and the best attribute is availability,” said Okafor, who tore his Achilles in the 10th game of the 2017 season and managed to come back strong enough to play in all 16 games this year.“In the last playoff game I played in, for Arizona against Carolina, we were down to our third-string quarterback. So to be able to have the opportunity to go into the playoffs where most of this team is healthy is huge for us — and I think it’ll show.”None of the nine New Orleans players on injured reserve were major contributors this season. Two of the biggest names on the list are 2018 free-agent acquisitions who played less than half the season — defensive back Patrick Robinson, who played in three games, and receiver Cameron Meredith, who played in six.If there is one area of concern, it is the offensive line.Left tackle Terron Armstead, the club’s second-highest-paid offensive player, was not present during the portion of Wednesday’s practice open to reporters. Same for starting guards Larry Warford and Andrus Peat.Armstead has been dealing with an ailing pectoral muscle that has sidelined him for six of the past seven games. He tried to come back in Week 16 against Pittsburgh, but didn’t make it through that game.Warford was listed with a knee injury when he was scratched from the regular-season finale. Peat, who is one of New Orleans’ most versatile linemen, played in Week 17 but left with a hand injury.The good news for New Orleans is its banged-up linemen can get extra rest this week Manti Te'o Jersey , and that the main contributors at all other position groups appear fit.The health of 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t been an issue. He even got Week 17 off after leading the Saints to a 13-2 record in the first 15 games. Also getting last weekend off was running back Alvin Kamara, one of the Saints’ most productive players in both the running and passing game, with 1,592 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. Michael Thomas finished the season healthy after setting a franchise record for yards receiving in a season with 1,405. Running back Mark Ingram has said he feels relatively fresh after playing in 12 games since returning from a four-game suspension to start the season.There were times when the Saints’ passing game looked as if it could use the deep threat Tedd Ginn Jr. provided before his knee injury, which led him to undergo arthroscopic surgery and spend more than half the season on injured reserve. But Ginn came back in Week 16, played well, and said he feels good after getting additional rest last week.All the more reason for Brees to like the Saints’ prospects.“Obviously staying healthy is very important for any team that’s making a run,” Brees said. “You want to have the right guys in key places.”On defense, all of New Orleans’ top producers appear ready to go, from leading sack men Cameron Jordan and Sheldon Rankins up front to linebackers Anzalone and Demario Davis, who were two of the team’s top three tacklers. On the back end, second-year pro Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans’ best player in pass coverage, played in every regular-season game Limited Rick Leonard Jersey , as did safety Vonn Bell, the club’s second-leading tackler.Defensive end Marcus Davenport and fourth-year interior lineman Tyeler Davison both missed time with foot injuries earlier this season, but returned to solidify a defense that racked up 49 sacks this season.“We’ve been fortunate that injuries have not been a big factor in our season,” Davison said. “And most of the ones we have had, the people that had them were able to fight through it.“We do have a deep team, so when somebody has gotten hurt, somebody else was able to step up,” Davison continued. “But you don’t want your best players getting hurt. That obviously plays a huge role.” Saints news:Saints Film Room: Defense shows improvement in Week 2 but still needs tweaking – The AthleticThe Saints' defense showed some signs of improvement in its Week 2 win over the Browns, but there were still some things to work on. Deuce takes a look at both sides in this film study.Saints film room: Did bringing back a play against Tampa Bay set up a look against the Browns? | Saints | theadvocate.comThe New Orleans Saints, like every other team in the NFL, are known to find inspiration from other teams' playbooks.One-time Saints center Olin Kreutz: I threw Drew Brees against a wallFormer Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz was nominated for the Hall of Fame, and recounted what ended his stint with the New Orleans SaintsSaints re-signing defensive tackle Jay Bromley | NOLA.comBromley was among the team's final cuts before the season.Idaho native Taysom Hill nearly returns kickoff for a Saints TD | Idaho StatesmanFor the first time in his NFL career, Pocatello native Taysom Hill returned kicks in the New Orleans Saints’ 21-18 victory Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. Hill nearly scored on a 47-yard return in the third quarter.First Look: Banged-up Falcons await Saints in Atlanta | Saints | theadvocate.comWHEN: NoonSheldon Rankins glad to get first sack early, but looking for many more | NOLA.comRankins didn't get his first sack in 2017 until Week 10Sean Payton: 'We have to be better at the tight end position' | NOLA.comBenjamin Watson and Josh Hill haven't done enough through two games, per the coach.Around the NFL:Falcons release official depth chart for Saints’ gameWith Andy Levitre out for the season Josh Hill Jersey , Wes Schweitzer isprovi the proverbial next man up at left guar...Questions about Vic Beasley’s production, what to expect from the Saints, the Falcons’ defenseYou’ve got questions about the Falcons and we’ve got answers – Straight form the ’BeekPro Football Hall of Famers demand NFL health insurance, salaries | Fox BusinessThe NFL earned an estimated $14 billion in revenue during its 2017 league year.Chargers' Corey Liuget sues trainer over NFL suspensionThe Chargers’ Corey Liuget is suing his former trainer over a failed performance-enhancing drug test that resulted in the defensive tackle’s current four-game suspension.Buccaneers' Jameis Winston reportedly being sued by Uber driver who accused him of groping - CBSSports.comAn attorney for the woman said that she is 'unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty''It's a Circus There': Antonio Brown No-Show Confirms Tomlin Has Lost Steelers | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and HighlightsFor those of us who likePittsburgh SteelerscoachMike Tomlin , there is a hard truth that must be said: He has lost his locker room...LSU\CFB: Joe Burrow’s poise, usual suspects on defense, Cole Tracy’s foot among reasons why LSU is 3-0 – The AthleticNot many expected the LSU Tigers to start the season 3-0, yet here they are. Here are a few reasons why.Feldman: Getting to the heart of LSU football – The AthleticEd Orgeron and the Tigers have excelled in the face of two great challenges this season, and they know the their task is just beginning.College Football Power Rankings: LSU joins Alabama in top two, Oklahoma State enters - CBSSports.comDennis Dodd's new college football rankings see some SEC dominance at the topCollege football picks: Who are our experts' Week 4 best bets? | SI.comOur experts went 3-1 with their best bets last week, what are their four favorite plays in Week 4's college football action? Custom Washington Redskins Jerseys

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