Saints will play Bucs game with only two healthy tackles

Saints will play Bucs game with only two healthy tackles

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) drops back to pass as offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (74) blocks during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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Posted on December 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 16 at 11:43 AM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints will go into today’s game with only two healthy offensive tackles with its two active backups listed as guards.

But Eric Olsen can play tackle in a pinch and has been used during the season as a tackle eligible.

On Friday, the Saints named tackles Zach Strief (right ankle) and Charles Brown (left knee) as out for today’s game. That left only Jermon Bushrod and Will Robinson as the only tackles with edge experience on the roster.

Fullback Jed Collins, who didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited in practice Friday with a toe injury, is active.

Four players are healthy scratches – linebacker Scott Shanle, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, tight end Michael Higgins and defensive end Turk McBride.

Meanwhile, defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) and Corey White (right knee) and running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) were deemed out this week.

Saturday, the team placed Jenkins and Brown on the injured reserve list, bumping up safety Jerico Nelson and offensive lineman Ricky Henry to the active roster from the practice squad.

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