Coach Sean Payton mentioned Friday morning that Lattimore will in all probability be a “game-time choice.” A supply confirmed to ESPN that Lattimore underwent thumb surgery earlier this week.
As for the six offensive assistant coaches who examined constructive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Payton mentioned they should go “2-for-2” with detrimental checks on Friday and Saturday to be cleared to make the flight to Carolina on Saturday.
Lattimore, who injured his proper thumb throughout Sunday’s 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers, returned to observe on a restricted foundation Thursday.
Requested what goes into the choice of when a participant may be cleared to play with a hand harm that’s wrapped up for cover, Payton mentioned it will depend on the precise harm.
“Should you return by means of the historical past, what is the harm itself?” Payton mentioned. “We’ll see how he does right this moment [in Friday’s practice]. And he’ll be in all probability a kind of guys that is a game-time choice. He is shifting round properly. He is in form. It is only a matter of the kind of harm every particular person has and what place they’re taking part in.”
Lattimore, a three-time Professional Bowler, signed a five-year, $97.6 million contract extension Sunday and is important to New Orleans’ protection in opposition to a division rival that options standout vast receivers DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. Nonetheless, the Saints could have veteran cornerback Bradley Roby within the lineup for the primary time Sunday after buying him in a commerce with the Houston Texans final week. And rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo performed properly in his debut, intercepting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The six Saints assistant coaches who examined constructive for COVID-19 are vaccinated, which permits them to return as soon as they’re asymptomatic and supply two detrimental check outcomes 24 hours aside. Payton mentioned they’ll get Friday’s check outcomes later within the day. If any of these checks come again detrimental, the coaches can move a fast check Saturday to be cleared for the flight.
5 of the lacking assistants have been recognized by Payton as New Orleans’ offensive line coach, receivers coach, working backs coach and two tight ends coaches. All 5 have been absent from observe this week, together with an offensive analyst.
Payton joked that he, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., quarterbacks coach Ronald Curry and assistant offensive line coach Zach Strief have been just like the small teaching employees from the present “Ted Lasso” whereas the opposite place coaches have joined conferences by way of videoconferences.
Among the many lower-level assistants who’ve stepped up for the Saints is former Professional Bowl left deal with Jermon Bushrod, who joined the staff this summer time as a coach/scout by means of the Invoice Walsh Variety Teaching Fellowship. Bushrod was working with the tight ends in observe.
“It is not at all times what you are used to, and but these guys are Zooming into conferences, they’re Zooming into night conferences as we put in offense and protection,” Payton mentioned. “And the No. 1 factor is that they’re getting rested and getting wholesome. They get examined daily, and within the meantime, there’s others right here which are selecting up further work. We’re assembly extra collectively than all damaged up into our teams. So I feel total it is gone in addition to may be anticipated.”