Saints' Junior Galette, Terron Armstead miss practice

METAIRIE, La. -- There weren’t many names on the New Orleans Saints’ injury report – but they were big ones. Outside linebacker Junior Galette (knee) and left tackle Terron Armstead (neck) missed practice Thursday.

Armstead said he expects to practice Friday and play on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, which is obviously welcome news for the Saints at such a key position.

Galette’s status is less certain, however. Galette wasn't present for the team stretch or individual drills that were open to the media.

Galette was able to return to the game after first suffering the unspecified injury last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. But he only played a handful of snaps in the third quarter before calling it a day.

Losing Galette would hurt since he has been the Saints’ top pass-rusher this season with a team-high seven sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Galette is also tied for the NFL lead with 43 QB hurries.

The Saints’ pass rush has been inconsistent this year even with Galette in the lineup, so they’d miss him. His primary backup is undrafted rookie Kasim Edebali, who has played well in small doses but lacks experience.

Only two players were listed as limited on the Saints’ injury report -- linebacker David Hawthorne (hip) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle).

That means cornerback Keenan Lewis, center Jonathan Goodwin and receiver Nick Toon bounced back after leaving last Sunday’s game early with injuries.