The New Orleans Saints are scheduled for a juggernaut match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Yet, they may be without one of their more supportive pieces in the backfield, which could pose a problem if additional efforts are needed to put the Bucs away in the second round.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Saints could be without second-string halfback Latavius Murray ahead of Sunday due to a quad injury:
#Saints RB Latavius Murray, who missed practice with a quad injury, is considered day-to-day, source said. He’s working to be available this weekend, but his status is best described as up in the air.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2021
Murray wasn’t able to participate in practice on Wednesday, which could certainly cause a bit of concern for “Who Dat” Nation in regards to his availability.
Murray is second on the team in rushing yards behind Alvin Kamara. Through 15 games, the 30-year-old halfback rushed for 656 yards from 146 carries, resulting in four touchdowns. He also fared well in the catching game, completing 88.5 percent of his targets through the regular season for 176 yards and one touchdown.
If Murray isn’t available on Sunday, the head coach Sean Payton will obviously continue to rely on his first option in Kamara. Kamara is first on the team in rushing and receiving yards, signifying his importance to the Saints’ offense.
Murray didn’t pose well against the Chicago Bears during the NFC Wild Card matchup. He ended his outing with only nine yards from four carries. While clearly banking on Murray being available, the Saints also have Dwayne Washington and Ty Montgomery at their deployment should the situation become dire.
The Saints met up with the Buccaneers twice in the regular season, coming away victorious on both occasions.