The Saints leave for San Francisco Thursday night, which means Thursday’s practice was really a Friday practice if this was a normal NFL week.
Unless Houdini makes him appear, the slot receiver looks unlikely to face the 49ers despite some optimism early in the week. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) also didn’t practice Thursday, but he did earlier in the week and seems almost certain to play.
Safety Roman Harper (ankle) returned to practice in a limited fashion, which is a great sign he will play at less than 100% after he missed practice on Thursday. Harper is a huge part of the Saints’ run defense and blitz packages, both of which will be key against the 49ers on Saturday.