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Saints are approaching health on defense, finally

Martez Wilson AP

After an offseason of wondering whether they’d have any degree of pass-rushers, the Saints are approaching health just in time.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, outside linebackers Junior Galette and Martez Wilson are both probable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Having those two back, along with trade acquisition Parys Haralson, gives the Saints some parts to work with. Wilson and Galette each missed time in camp with injuries, after they lost free agent pickup Victor Butler to a season-ending knee injury in OTAs.

While that doesn’t take into account the players lost for the season or at least half of it (including Will Smith, Kenyon Coleman and Jonathan Vilma), it’s a solid first step for a new defense with a big challenge Sunday.

Defensive end Glenn Foster and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus  were listed as out, but everyone else on the New Orleans report is probable, meaning they’ll play.

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12 Responses to “Saints are approaching health on defense, finally”
  1. lengai says: Sep 6, 2013 5:03 PM

    The injury to Smith was a blessing in disguise. Hawthorne will play well in Vilma’s spot.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Sep 6, 2013 5:04 PM

    Our defense is a challenge and without healthy players, we are facing something akin to last season, which I know no Saints fan wants. So stay healthy guys!

    Geaux Saints!

  3. prmpft says: Sep 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    Man – My SAINTS D could not be any worse than last year – therefore, the only question can be how much better are they? I am going to say good enough to give the offense time and opportunity to outplay the falcons…WHO DAT!

  4. mdd913 says: Sep 6, 2013 6:21 PM

    Galette and Wilson can both do one thing really well, and that is rush the passer. People don’t know it yet but this Saints defense has some teeth.

  5. historyisyourfriend says: Sep 6, 2013 6:23 PM

    Falcons have a tough time in Norleans no matter what is going on with each team. That being said, I think they win this one in a very close game. Atlanta just has a bit too much for that defense to contain. I think Atlanta’s defense will be able to get a couple stops more than the Saints and that will be the story of the game – a LOT of offense, but just enough defense from ATL to pull the win out. 35-31 ATL is my guess…

    FYI I am a Steeler fan so I have no dog in this race.

  6. slick50ks says: Sep 6, 2013 7:14 PM

    The only thing that’s going to fix this defense is some new players.

    T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E!

  7. steaderic says: Sep 6, 2013 7:30 PM

    So what you’re saying is, other than all of those guys who are hurt, the Saints D is healthy?

    Um, what now?

  8. cajuntigerman01 says: Sep 6, 2013 7:53 PM

    historyisyourfriend how can you say that. The SAINTS have more weapons on offense than the Dirty birds. Plus Matty Ice is half the qb Brees is.
    We have won 11 out of 14 games against them so check your history. One more thing, ITS IN THE DOME!

  9. redstar504 says: Sep 6, 2013 7:58 PM

    The defense may end up ok after all it can only go in one direction it hit rock bottom last season Spaggs stinks, see ravens last night.

    The offense will always be great as long as Drew is under enter and Sean Payton is under the headset. Everyone saw that last year when the saints offense was something it hadn’t been since 06, predictable. The lineup forecasted the play call. That is what Payton does shows you one thing gives something else. He consistently looks for tells and trends then exploits them by letting the opponent think they know what is there then it’s some new thing, all used at max effect times.

    With all that going for the saints just a slight step up will get them back in the hunt. The preseason looked promising but it did in 11 too and that horrid defense cost the best Payton era team a shot at the title by stupid play calling against the 49ers, blitz, blitz and blitz more.

    Hopefully they can just be ok vs. a liability, with that offense that’s all the defense needs to do.

  10. silentcount says: Sep 6, 2013 9:31 PM

    Hello? The Saints beat Atlanta last year with last year’s defense.

  11. slobmykolb says: Sep 6, 2013 10:10 PM

    cajuntigerman01 September 6, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    historyisyourfriend how can you say that. The SAINTS have more weapons on offense than the Dirty birds. Plus Matty Ice is half the qb Brees is. We have won 11 out of 14 games against them so check your history. One more thing, ITS IN THE DOME!

    More weapons? Seriously lay off the gator cuz its really clouded your thoughts. They have nowhere near a receiver like Julio. Or roddy for that matter. A little better tight end and that’s it! Running back? Not even close. S-JAX all day. Geaux birds! Yep I said geaux! Deal with it Taints!!!

  12. sb44champs says: Sep 7, 2013 9:54 AM

    slobmykolb says:
    Sep 6, 2013 10:10 PM
    cajuntigerman01 September 6, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    historyisyourfriend how can you say that. The SAINTS have more weapons on offense than the Dirty birds. Plus Matty Ice is half the qb Brees is. We have won 11 out of 14 games against them so check your history. One more thing, ITS IN THE DOME!

    More weapons? Seriously lay off the gator cuz its really clouded your thoughts. They have nowhere near a receiver like Julio. Or roddy for that matter. A little better tight end and that’s it! Running back? Not even close. S-JAX all day. Geaux birds! Yep I said geaux! Deal with it Taints!!!
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    11 out of last 14, lol…. Deal with it Failcans!!

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