Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro ruled out, Terron Armstead questionable

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Buffalo Bills with a groin injury – though he insisted that it’s a short-term issue.

“Oh, yeah, I’ll be fine,” said Vaccaro, who left last Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early because of the injury.

Vaccaro will be missed since he is having one of the best seasons of his five-year career, with a career-high three interceptions, seven pass defenses, 0.5 sacks and 39 tackles.

However, the Saints have great depth at safety, with rookie Marcus Williams, second-year pro Vonn Bell and veterans Rafael Bush and Chris Banjo all capable of playing in New Orleans’ three-safety sets. Bell had one of the best games of his career last week, with a pass defense, a forced fumble and half of a sack.

Meanwhile, the rest of New Orleans’ injury report looks promising. Left tackle Terron Armstead returned to practice on a limited basis Friday for the first time this week after suffering a chest injury against Tampa Bay. He is listed as questionable.

Guard Larry Warford is also listed as questionable after returning from an abdomen injury this week and practicing on a limited basis every day.

And receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Alex Okafor (ankle) are both expected to play after practicing fully on Friday.

Thomas said his limited practice time earlier in the week was just being “smart” because of some inflammation.