The New Orleans Saints suffer a few injuries as they defeat the 49ers
By Bob Garcia
The Saints beat the 49ers yesterday, but it cost them a couple of players they need back in the lineup
The odds were given to the New Orleans Saints to beat the San Francisco 49ers yesterday and they ultimately had little trouble proving bookmakers right. They cruised to a 27-13 victory to keep control of the NFC South – just barely ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and further set themselves up for a great spot in the playoffs, as well as a potential Super Bowl appearance. However, the win didn’t come without a price, and several Saints players went down, including star quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees took a shot to the ribs that forced him to the sideline and out of the game. He was sent off for an immediate MRI and the results show that he suffered a rib contusion in that first-half sack by Kentavius Street. The injury could keep him out of the game in Week 11, which is going to see the Saints take on the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons.
Two other players were also forced out, wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and tight end Josh Hill. Both suffered concussions and one could result in a fine. Niners safety Jimmie Ward led with his helmet when coming in to rough up Smith, who was already on the ground, and that hit led to Smith having to be carted off the field. Hill has now received his second concussion in two years, and will need to take it easy.
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore suffered an oblique injury that kept him out of the game, but he was able to hang out on the sideline, so he might be back. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown was forced out early in the contest due to a calf injury and never returned. Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson also went down for an unspecified injury, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. He said after the game that he was fine and wasn’t worried about the injury.