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Terron Armstead out, Willie Snead questionable for Saints

METAIRIE, La. -- Receiver Willie Snead is officially listed as questionable for the New Orleans Saints after practicing on a limited basis all week with his toe injury.

Snead expressed confidence that he would be able to play after missing Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons -- and his practice participation this week has been a good sign. But just to be on the safe side, fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place, since the Saints and San Diego Chargers don’t kick off until the late afternoon games.

Snead got off to a hot start before the injury, ranking second in the NFL with 226 yards through two weeks, while scoring a touchdown in each game.

There were no surprises on the Saints’ official injury report Friday.

Snead, safety Kenny Vaccaro (ankle), defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (shoulder/foot), linebacker James Laurinaitis (quad) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (quad) are all listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis throughout the week.

Vaccaro and Davison also expressed confidence that they will be able to play this Sunday after missing Monday night’s game. Laurinaitis was just added to the injury report Thursday and has not been available to the media since. Ellerbe’s status is a little more in doubt since he just returned to practice this week after missing the first three games.

Meanwhile, left tackle Terron Armstead (knee), guard Senio Kelemete (hamstring), tight end Josh Hill (ankle) and cornerback Delvin Breaux (fibula) were all officially ruled out after they didn’t practice all week.

The Saints really need Armstead and Breaux back as quickly as possible after the Week 5 bye -- considering they are arguably two of the five most valuable players on the roster. Breaux was originally expected to miss six weeks after breaking his fibula in Week 1 -- though he said he hopes to beat that timetable. Armstead's specific injury and timetable are unknown.