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Roman Harper probable for Saturday afternoon

Detroit Lions quarterback Stafford scores a touchdown as New Orleans Saints' Harper defends on the play in the third quarter of their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in New Orleans Reuters

When Roman Harper missed practice earlier this week, there was some fear that the Saints would have to face the 49ers without their starting safety.

That fear has mostly disappeared with the release of the final injury report of the week. Harper is listed as probable with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice on Friday, but all signs are that he will be in the lineup as New Orleans goes for the first road playoff win in franchise history.

As expected, wide receiver Lance Moore is out again with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who missed the Detroit game, is questionable and both linebacker Jonathan Vilma and wide receiver Robert Meachem are probable.

The 49ers listed five players as questionable, although they haven’t been listing players as probable for a few weeks now. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, tight end Delanie Walker will not play because of a broken jaw, but the other four players — cornerback Chris Culliver, defensive tackle Ray McDonald and wide receivers Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams — are expected to be in the lineup on Saturday afternoon.

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20 Responses to “Roman Harper probable for Saturday afternoon”
  1. factoryofsadness says: Jan 13, 2012 4:52 PM

    I’d rather have Ron Harper on my team

  2. l0yalr0yal says: Jan 13, 2012 4:57 PM

    I’d rather have Ron Swanson.

  3. favresweiner says: Jan 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    49ers cant score 41 points like the Saints. But the Saints wont score 41 points against the 9ers.

    The 9ers allow the least points per game (14)
    They have the number 1 rushing defense.
    Best turnover diferential.

    The Saints average 41 points in the Super Dome. But only 27 on the road. They only scored 21 against the Rams, and 20 against the Bucs (both losses). If they could only put up that many points against those teams, what will happen when they play the team who allows the LEAST POINTS PER GAME?

  4. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:19 PM

    saints won the Super Bowl on grass, right? And this offense is better than in ’09, without any doubt. Saints may not score in 40s this game because niners D is very good, but Saints could have scored in 50s in last several games if they needed to, so hard to say. Niners can’t score much on Saints without some good fortune. 38-7 seems about right. Don’t count out Saints D, which is not as bad as they are perceived to be and don’t count out Alex Smith from having a bad game. Smith will have to play a perfect game to get niners in 30s and Saints are scoring at least in 30s, minimum, unless there are a number of turnovers. Saints last game on grass they did not score much, but only stopped themselves with mistakes, and dominated Titans in yards. Other recent road game was blowout of Vikings. Hard to win much on road lately when only at home the past month. Hard to believe a team down at halftime wins going away by 17, while kneeling on the ball at Lion’s 3 yrd line to end it, in a playoff game, but supposedly can’t play well on the road. This is arguably the best offense of all time and did not even punt the ball once last week in a playoff game and scored every possession but the two turnovers and kneel down to end game at Lion’s 3 yd line. 6 possessions in 2nd half 5 touchdowns and a mercy kneel down or would have been easily 6 TDs. The niners D is good, but we are not talking about the 85 Bears here or the Steel Curtain. It would take an historically great D to stop the Saints offense right now. Just too may weapons for the most accurate passer of all time to play with. And if the Giants great pass rush could not get to Brees, why would the niners’ lesser but solid pass rush do any better, or somehow harass Brees to the point that he is not effective? 38-7

  5. cwmorga says: Jan 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    @favresweiner says: Jan 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    49ers cant score 41 points like the Saints. But the Saints wont score 41 points against the 9ers.

    The 9ers allow the least points per game (14)
    They have the number 1 rushing defense.
    Best turnover diferential.

    The Saints average 41 points in the Super Dome. But only 27 on the road. They only scored 21 against the Rams, and 20 against the Bucs (both losses). If they could only put up that many points against those teams, what will happen when they play the team who allows the LEAST POINTS PER GAME?
    —————————-

    What do two early season losses for the Saints have to do with the Niners?

    The Niners gave up 345 yds passing and 27 points to the Cowboys at home earlier this year. What will happen when they play the team who scores the MOST POINTS PER GAME?

    See how easy (and meaningless) that is?

  6. fijabbersman345 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    Hope he walks onto the field and busts his ankle. That guy plays so cheap

  7. whodat2 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    In other news….Besides the Saints offense rolling along….the defense will stop Gore and will punish Alex Smith on every play……Harper up the middle delivers a knock out sack fumble! Who dat and Roll Tide Roll!

  8. cpucowards says: Jan 13, 2012 5:26 PM

    And the high flying Rams scored 27 on that unstoppable defence?????

  9. tomleo2 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:26 PM

    Patriots! Beware Denver’s super enhanced ‘flea flicker’ attacks!

  10. nowillrepeat says: Jan 13, 2012 5:28 PM

    Who does Billy Walters think is gonna win?

  11. IMG says: Jan 13, 2012 5:29 PM

    This is actually good news for SF. Harper cant cover anyone. Vernon Davis will abuse him and Gore/Hunter will too

  12. franktherat96 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:32 PM

    take a look at the majority of the 49ers opponents this year….that explains the low points per game average.

  13. cardsfann1 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:48 PM

    Roman Harper is by far the worst strong safety I pro football. Saints still win big though.

  14. kingokra says: Jan 13, 2012 6:19 PM

    Hmmm…2011 NFL Strength of Schedule:
    Saints tied for 13th toughest
    49ers 30th……….30th!!!!!
    49er fans, I’d would introduce you to a nice couple, but I think you already know them- Mr. Smoke and Ms. Mirrors.

    Saints roll 38-20.

  15. TIM says: Jan 13, 2012 6:22 PM

    Cards fan:
    The Niners played the Giants and Cowpies and Eagles and Lions and Steelers,all high flying offenses…and the Niners won 4 out of 5 of those games,because of their defense. and of course those teams were part of their opponents that scored the fewest points in the League this season. (they also had easy teams like the Arizona Cards and Seattle and ST louis,but those teams were on their schedule and they won 5 out of 6 of those easy games,as opposed to the Saints that lost to the Rams and to the Bucs,that the Niners blew out).

  16. fittytuckin says: Jan 13, 2012 6:32 PM

    I’d rather have Ron Jeremy.

  17. miamisaint3255 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:08 PM

    Yes, 30th ranked schedule. A good team will win most of those games, especially when so well coached. But the Saints are a great team, playing as hot as a team has been in recent years heading into the playoffs. It is just unfortunate the niners had to face the Saints in their first playoff game in years.

    Normally the niners would have the emotional edge at least, being the underdog in their home stadium, but Saints are tired of hearing about the myth that they can’t right now win on grass. Saints have a chip on their shoulder and will come out flying in this game.

  18. jimboslice208 says: Jan 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    @cpucowards

    Yeah the Rams scored 27 against the Niners. Niners won. Saints scored 21 against the Rams. Rams won. See what I did there?

    Saints are hot right now. Cannot wait for this game to start. Its been nine years since Niner fans have been this excited for a game. Go Niners!

  19. starderup says: Jan 13, 2012 8:13 PM

    Please, please, God, send the bagheads home to their dump crying. I am almost as sick of the Brees worship as Tim Tebow, and that’s saying a lot.

  20. jpspear says: Jan 14, 2012 7:51 AM

    starderup: Brees has two 5000 yard seasons, a Super Bowl MVP, and the all time single season yardage and accuracy records, along with an exceptional body of community work. But hey, maybe Alex Smith can get over that 200 yards per game barrier next year.

    In a 14 month span, our dump of a city is hosting 4 bowl games, the BCS Championship, Super Bowl, and the Mens and Womens Final Four. And the lights will stay on during all of them.

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