NFL game week has arrived.

For the New Orleans Saints, it's not only game week, but it's rivalry week/Falcons hate week.

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The arch-rivals kick off the 2022 season this Sunday in Atlanta at noon.

It's on!

Who will be available to play?

Yesterday's injury/practice report was telling.

The Saints had 8 players listed, while the Falcons only had 3.

Today, four members of New Orleans were listed as DNP (did not participate) with another four players as LP (limited participant).

Two of the players listed as LP include All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas and All-Pro special teamer J.T. Gray.

The only difference is the absence of offensive tackle Tanner Owens, who was waived to make room for a new signee in guard Wyatt Davis who the Saints signed off the New York Giants practice squad.

Here is a rundown of Thursday's injury/practice report for both clubs.

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

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
WRTre'Quan SmithGroinDNPDNP
RBDwayne WashingtonHamstringDNPDNP
CBPaulson AdeboAnkleDNPDNP
TLandon YoungHipDNPDNP
WRMichael ThomasHamstringLPLP
CErik McCoyCalfLPLP
LBPete WernerGroinLPLP
SJ.T. GrayHamstringLPLP

ATLANTA FALCONS

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
TEParker HesseNIRDNP
CBDarren HallQuadricepLPLP
WRDrake LondonKneeLPLP

Kickoff on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is set for noon central.

 


The NFL transaction wire put fax machines back into business two weeks ago.

With teams required to trim their regular season roster down to 53 players, then filling out practice squads, there were hundreds of transactions.

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Now that NFL rosters have been cut down to 53, who are the oldest rosters in the league entering the 2022 season?

According to Spotrac, these are the 5 most experienced squads in the league this year.

5 Oldest Rosters in the NFL

Old isn't necessarily a bad thing for these five rosters. They were some of the oldest last season too.

Four of the five were playoff teams a season ago, with the Saints being the lone exception, though they were the first team out in the NFC.


Professional sports is a billion-dollar industry.

The NFL has evolved from the origins of soccer and rugby, with players sporting leather helmets.

When Walter Camp established the rules of American football in 1880, he couldn't have imagined that 140 years later the average value of an NFL franchise would be $4.14 billion.

Sportico released its list of the most valuable franchises in American sports.

Five of the top ten come from the NFL.

Most Valuable Franchises in American Sports

Five of the ten most valuable franchises in American sports come from the NFL.

10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World in 2022

Between the 10 of them, they will bring in a total of more than $992 million in 2022.

 

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