BREAKING: Saints Place WR Emmanuel Sanders on the Reserve-Covid List

A huge loss for a New Orleans team that now could be without their top two wideouts for Sunday's game against Carolina.
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According to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN on Friday, the New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) makes a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY

Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) makes a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (24) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY

Sanders practiced with the team on Thursday before the positive test results, and must now quarantine until a negative test. The 33-Yr old Sanders is in his first season with the Saints and has 26 receptions for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns in five games this season. He’s caught 18 passes for 215 yards in the last two games after a slow start and had become a huge part of the team’s passing attack.

Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) catches a pass as Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) defends during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY

Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) catches a pass as Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) defends during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY

The Saints will face the Panthers without their top two wide receivers, with Sanders now on the Reserve-Covid list for Sunday's game. All-Pro WR Michael Thomas, who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, will also miss this game because of a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday's practice.

New Orleans will go into Sunday's contest at wide receiver with Tre'Quan Smith, undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Ty Montgomery, who was recently activated from injured reserve.  New Orleans could also activate veterans Austin Carr, Tommylee Lewis, or rookie UDFA Juwan Johnson from the practice squad. 

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