Saints make flurry of roster moves ahead of Week 2; OL coach clears COVID protocols


The New Orleans Saints made a flurry of moves to set the gameday roster ahead of a Week 2 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

The team also got good news as it relates to one of the offensive coaches stuck in COVID-19 protocols, but bad news as it relates to two others.

Offensive line coach Brendan Nugent was initially announced as being unable to join the team in Carolina, but the team updated his status Saturday morning to indicate he'd be in attendance after all.

But two others -- assistant head coach/DL coach Ryan Nielsen and pass rush specialist Ryan Young -- will now join the group of six coaches expected to be absent.

The rest of that list includes:
- Offensive analyst Jim Chaney
- Offensive assistant Declan Doyle
- Senior offensive assistant/WRs coach Curtis Johnson
- Assistant special teams coach Phil Galiano
- Run game coordinator/TEs coach Dan Roushar
- Offensive line coach Brendan Nugent
- Running backs coach Joel Thomas

On the roster end of things, four players are now active for Sunday, while one more defensive player now joins the group on injured reserve. That player is linebacker Chase Hansen, who joins fellow linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end Marcus Davenport, who were sent to IR on Friday. All three players will be eligible to return after three weeks.

In other moves, the Saints elevated defensive end Jalyn Holmes and center Austin Reiter from the practice squad. The team also signed linebacker Wynton McManis and defensive back Jordan Miller from the practice squad.

Reiter marks the most practical addition, with starting center Erik McCoy already ruled out for Week 2 after suffering a calf injury in Week 1. With Ruiz like shifting over from his normal guard spot to center, Reiter will likely serve as the game day backup should additional injuries strike.

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