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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints ruled out CB Delvin Breaux for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after he returned to practice this week for the first time since breaking his fibula in Week 1. This week's game always seemed like a long shot for Breaux, but next week at San Francisco seems possible after he declared himself 90 percent healthy on Thursday. Also ruled out: CB Sterling Moore (abdomen), LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring) and WR Jake Lampman (knee). … LT Terron Armstead (knee) is officially listed as questionable after telling reporters Friday that he will play. LB Dannell Ellerbe, OT Andrus Peat, G Senio Kelemete and RB Daniel Lasco are also questionable.

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Something's gotta give: Saints have scored an opening-drive TD in 4 straight. Seahawks haven't allowed a TD in 13 straight drives overall.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll on RB Thomas Rawls: "We're still a couple weeks away. We won't know until he starts to do the workload and all of that. But now we've got to get him in shape again and get him right. And we'll take our time doing that so that once he's back, he'll hopefully be coming back for good." Rawls suffered an injury to his fibula in Week 2.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Michael Bennett will get his knee checked out on Monday, Pete Carroll said. There is a cartilage issue, and it could require surgery.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers OLB Clay Matthews was fined $18,231 for roughing the passer last Thursday night against the Bears. Fined for hitting Brian Hoyer with the crown of his helmet. Likely the play in which Hoyer broke his arm.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Frank Clark is the most logical option to replace Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett. That role entails playing DE in the Seahawks' base defense and swinging inside to tackle in sub packages. Clark has 4.5 sacks on the season and has looked good rushing the passer, which will obviously be key against Drew Brees.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

On his radio show Thursday night, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers hinted at a possible return this weekend, talking about how much he was looking forward to finally playing at home. If he does, in fact, play, don't expect it to be extensive action.


Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

In a bit of a surprise, Seahawks DE Michael Bennett (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints. Safety Kam Chancellor (groin) has been ruled out as well and will miss his third straight game. Bradley Sowell (knee) is also out, and WR Tyler Lockett (thigh) is questionable. Russell Wilson (pec/knee) was taken off the injury report and is expected to start.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead told reporters that he will play Sunday against the Seahawks after practicing Friday. That's huge for the Saints, since Armstead is one of the most valuable players on their roster -- and because Seattle's pass rush is so imposing. But Armstead is still clearly less than 100 percent as he recovers from a lingering knee injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints DT Nick Fairley was fined $9,115 for his personal foul penalty against Chiefs RB Spencer Ware last Sunday when he tossed him to the ground away from the play. The penalty was even costlier to the Saints since it gave Kansas City a first down instead of a third-and-long with under three minutes remaining in a three-point game.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Randall Cobb, Ty Montgomery, Clay Matthews and T.J. Lang all questionable for Sunday at Atlanta. As expected, Quinten Rollin joins Damarious Randall as out.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Under NFL rules, the Bills are required to fill their open 53-man roster by 4 PM on Saturday because OT Michael Ola and CB Marcus Roberson are signed to the Bills' practice squad under an exception given their NFL playing experience.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have waived WR Ed Eagan and TE Manasseh Garner. They promoted TE Gerald Christian from their practice squad.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Boone returned to full participation after being limited in practice on Thursday. The Vikings listed six players as not practicing on Friday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay, DeAndre Levy OUT vs Texans. Eric Ebron, Nevin Lawson are questionable. Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington not listed and good to go.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

For a second week in a row a San Diego Chargers player won rookie of the week, with Joey Bosa earning the honor after a two-sack performance against the Atlanta Falcons. LB Jatavis Brown won it two weeks ago for his effort in a win over the Denver Broncos.