Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/15/12

Well, Saints fans, it’s finally time for the real games of the regular season to start the 2012 football year off right. The New Orleans Saints will host Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins this Sunday, September 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. More importantly, the Saints and the entire Who Dat Nation will officially welcome RG3 into the NFL!

Below is the current team roster, complete with the “Reserve/Suspended” and “Exempt” players who complete the final 53 with the New Orleans Saints at this point in the beginning of the new season.

Active (50)

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

42 Abdul-Quddus , Isa S 6-1 220 23 2 Fordham

9 Brees, Drew QB 6-0 209 33 12 Purdue

71 Brown, Charles T 6-5 297 25 3 Southern California

77 Bunkley, Brodrick DT 6-2 306 28 7 Florida State

25 Bush, Rafael DB 5-11 200 25 2 South Carolina State

74 Bushrod, Jermon T 6-5 315 28 6 Towson

39 Cadet, Travaris RB 6-1 210 23 R Appalachian State

52 Casillas, Jonathan LB 6-1 227 25 4 Wisconsin

45 Collins, Jed FB 6-1 255 26 2 Washington State

12 Colston, Marques WR 6-4 225 29 7 Hofstra

10 Daniel, Chase QB 6-0 225 25 4 Missouri

60 de la Puente, Brian C 6-3 306 27 3 California

47 Drescher, Justin LS 6-1 235 24 3 Colorado

98 Ellis, Sedrick DT 6-1 307 27 5 Southern California

73 Evans, Jahri G 6-4 318 29 7 Bloomsburg

93 Galette, Junior DE 6-2 258 24 3 Stillman

89 Graham, Daniel TE 6-3 257 33 11 Colorado

80 Graham, Jimmy TE 6-7 265 25 3 Miami (Fla.)

33 Greer, Jabari CB 5-11 180 30 9 Tennessee

66 Grubbs, Ben G 6-3 310 28 6 Auburn

41 Harper, Roman S 6-1 200 29 7 Alabama

5 Hartley, Garrett K 5-8 195 26 5 Oklahoma

57 Hawthorne, David LB 6-0 246 27 5 Texas Christian

19 Henderson, Devery WR 5-11 200 30 9 Louisiana State

54 Herring, Will LB 6-3 241 29 6 Auburn

76 Hicks, Akiem DT 6-5 324 22 R Regina

28 Ingram, Mark RB 5-9 215 22 2 Alabama

29 Ivory, Chris RB 6-0 222 24 3 Tiffin

27 Jenkins, Malcolm S 6-0 204 24 4 Ohio State

96 Johnson, Tom DT 6-3 288 28 2 Southern Mississippi

94 Jordan, Cameron DE 6-4 287 23 2 California

50 Lofton, Curtis LB 6-0 241 26 5 Oklahoma

90 McBride, Turk DE 6-2 278 27 6 Tennessee

16 Moore, Lance WR 5-9 190 29 7 Toledo

13 Morgan, Joseph WR 6-1 184 24 2 Walsh

6 Morstead, Thomas P 6-4 235 26 4 Southern Methodist

31 Murphy, Jerome CB 6-0 200 25 2 South Florida

69 Olsen, Eric G 6-3 305 24 2 Notre Dame

32 Patrick, Johnny CB 5-11 191 24 2 Louisville

21 Robinson, Patrick CB 5-11 191 25 3 Florida State

15 Roby, Courtney WR 6-0 189 29 7 Indiana

58 Shanle, Scott LB 6-2 245 32 10 Nebraska

91 Smith, Will DE 6-3 282 31 9 Ohio State

43 Sproles, Darren RB 5-6 190 29 8 Kansas State

64 Strief, Zach T 6-7 320 28 7 Northwestern

85 Thomas, David TE 6-3 248 29 7 Texas

23 Thomas, Pierre RB 5-11 215 27 6 Illinois

75 Walker, Tyrunn DT 6-3 294 22 R Tulsa

24 White, Corey CB 6-1 205 22 R Samford

95 Wilson, Martez DE 6-4 252 22 2 Illinois

Reserve/Suspended (1)

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

53 Humber, Ramon LB 5-11 232 25 4 North Dakota State

Exempt (2)

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

55 Ruud, Barrett LB 6-2 241 29 8 Nebraska

51 Vilma, Jonathan LB 6-1 230 30 9 Miami (Fla.)

Practice Squad

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

62 Broughton, Braylon DE 6-6 272 24 R Texas Christian

59 Butler, Ezra LB 6-2 248 27 1 Nevada

63 Gunn, Harland G 6-2 314 23 R Miami (Fla.)

65 Henry, Ricky G 6-4 310 25 2 Nebraska

81 Higgins, Michael TE 6-5 242 24 2 Nebraska-Omaha

30 Hixson, Nick CB 6-0 189 23 R Hillsdale

37 Nelson, Jerico S 5-10 216 22 R Arkansas

14 Tanner, Andy WR 6-0 183 24 1 Midwestern State

Injured Reserve

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

Banyard, Joe RB 5-11 213 23 R Texas-El Paso

Chamberlain, Chris LB 6-1 238 26 5 Tulsa

Givens, Chris WR 6-2 203 22 R Miami (Ohio)

Jones, Marcel T 6-7 320 24 R Nebraska

Romeus, Greg DE 6-5 267 24 1 Pittsburgh

Tiller, Andrew G 6-5 326 23 R Syracuse

Toon, Nick WR 6-4 218 23 R Wisconsin

Tupou, Fenuki T 6-5 323 27 2 Oregon

The New Orleans Saints have announced the following roster moves today:

*OT Marcel Jones has been placed on injured reserve.

*The club has terminated the contracts of WR Adrian Arrington and FB Korey Hall.

*DE Will Smith has been activated from Reserve/Suspended list.

*LBs Barrett Ruud and Jonathan Vilma have been placed on Exempt – Commissioner Permission.

Posted 10 hours ago

By NewOrleansSaints.com

 

Week 1: Sept. 9, 2012, noon, Mercedes-Benz Superdome

FRIDAY INJURY REPORT/GAME STATUS
Saints
Out: OT Marcel Jones
 (left knee) – DNP
Questionable: WR Adrian Arrington (right knee) – DNP; WR Marques Colston (left foot) – Limited; CB Jabari Greer (sports hernia) – Limited; LB David Hawthorne (left knee) – Full; LB Curtis Lofton (right ankle) – Full

Redskins
Out: S Brandon Meriweather
 (knee) – DNP
Probable: DT Chris Baker (ankle) – Full; G Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) – Full; LB Brian Orakpo (chest) – Full; CB Josh Wilson (abdomen) – Full

NOTEWORTHY
three-member appeals panel vacated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspensions of four players, including Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma. The move reinstates the players immediately. The panel said Goodell overstepped his bounds but punted the decision back to him, saying he could suspend the players as long as the penalties were specifically for conduct detrimental to the league. That may make the vacated suspensions null and void for only so long.

Will Smith

 

The move was met with happiness in the Saints locker room Friday. “It’s definitely some good news,” Saints S Malcolm Jenkins said.”I think everybody will be happy to get those guys back around just to see their faces. We know they’re not going to jump in the lineup this week or anything, but just to have them guys around is big for us.”

Jonathan Vilma

 

The NFL granted a roster exemption this weekend for each of the teams affected by the ruling.

This game is following the 7 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which just happened to be the same day as another hurricane, namely Isaac, tearing through the City Beneath the Sea, but nothing can keep the Who Dat Nation from coming out to the Superdome to support their Saints in the loudest way possible for the season opener.

It will most certainly be a loud and confusing welcome into the league for RG3 in his first professional start in a game that actually counts.

Drew Brees and the Saints offense should be hitting on almost all cylinders as if they are in mid-season form early and often in this game, which will make it more and more incumbent upon Washington and Griffin to have to try and catch up through the air, which will in turn feed right into the hands of New Orleans’ new Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to get pressure from 3, 4 and 5 linemen and LB’s in the box.

Due to the players involvement ruling in the Bounty Gate scandal being overturned by a 3 person CBA committee, Will Smith should see the field today and Jon Vilma will be on the sideline for the Saints today against the Skins.

Expected outcome: Saints 34, Redskins 23

 

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