Saints QB Jameis Winston officially out; Andy Dalton to start vs Vikings in London

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If there as any doubt lingering, it was removed Saturday afternoon: It'll be Andy Dalton starting for the New Orleans Saints when they take the field in London this weekend.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen had left the door open a sliver for Jameis Winston to potentially take the field in Week 4 against the Vikings, but he was officially downgraded from "doubtful" to "out" after missing practice all three days heading into the weekend.

Allen made it clear the switch was being made for health reasons and not performance, but it does present a potentially awkward scenario for the Saints should their struggling offense look markedly improved with Dalton at the helm. It's a scenario that the Saints would certainly accept if it came with an end to a two-game losing skid after a thrilling comeback to open the season against the Falcons. New Orleans has managed just 10 points in the first halves of games this season.

Dalton's performance will be under the microscope, but not for a lack of experience. The longtime Cincinnati Bengal is in his 12th NFL season and will be making his 149th career start. He's also got some relevant experience in London, guiding the Bengals to a 27-27 tie in 2016 against Washington. The quarterback in that game was Kirk Cousins, the same quarterback he'll face off against in Week 4 of the 2022 season.

He'll have make due without at least two key contributors on offense, with guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and WR Michael Thomas (foot) already ruled out for the game. Alvin Kamara is also listed as questionable with a rib issue he played through in Week 3.

The team also announced a handful of other moves Saturday afternoon:
- QB Jake Luton signed to active roster
- FB Adam Prentice waived
- RB Latavius Murray elevated from practice squad
- TE J.P. Holtz elevated from practice squad

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