Some are calling Sunday's game at Philadelphia a must-win for the New Orleans Saints.

I wouldn't go that far, but it's teetering dangerously close to must-win territory.

After back-to-back two-point losses, another defeat on Sunday would put the Saints at 5-5, jumbled together with a number of NFC teams attempting to land one of the last two wild-card playoff spots.

Based on the health of the team, New Orleans will be shorthanded in its attempt to do get off the schneid in Philly.

Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara, who missed last week's game due to a strained MCL, was back at practice yesterday on a limited basis. Unfortunately, today he was downgraded to DNP (did not participate).

Will he play Sunday?

Among the Saints missing practice for a second consecutive day due to injury was starting All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee), starting Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder), and backup quarterback and multi-position standout Taysom Hill (foot). And they weren't the only ones.

With starting quarterback Jameis Winston, All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas, starting defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, first-round rookie defensive end Payton Turner, and Pro Bowl kicker Wil Lutz already being on injured reserve, it makes the margin for error incredibly slim.

LP - limited participant           FP - full participant         DNP - did not practice/participate


WRTy MontgomeryHandDNPDNP
QBTaysom HillFootDNPDNP
TTerron ArmsteadKnee/ShoulderDNPDNP
TRyan RamczykKneeDNPDNP
DTMalcolm RoachKneeDNPDNP
DETanoh KpassagnonAnkleDNPDNP
RBAlvin KamaraKneeLPDNP



TEDallas GoedertConcussionDNPLP
LBDavion TaylorKneeDNPLP
LBShaun BradleyShoulderLPFP
DTJavon HargraveShoulderLPFP
TLane JohnsonNIRLPFP
SRodney McLeodKneeLPFP
RBJordan HowardAnkleFPFP
WRDeVonta SmithElbowFPFP
C/GJack AndersonHamstringLP

The Eagles (4-6) host the Saints (5-4) this Sunday at noon.

Listen to the game locally, along with the postgame show and 'The Point After' call-in show on ESPN Lafayette (103.3 FM, 1420 AM).

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