The New Orleans Saints traveled to the Nation's Capital this weekend for a matchup with the Washington Football Team.
No sightseeing, no monument selfies, and no time to take in the scenery. This is a business trip for quarterback Jameis Winston and his Saints head coach, Sean Payton.
With each team looking to get above .500 with their third win of the year, the weekly speculation about who might come out on top has been significantly tied to which players will actually appear in this contest.
To do so, Washington is going to be without wide receivers Dyami Brown and Cam Sims, cornerback Danny Johnson, defensive end Shaka Toney, guard Brandon Scherff, and new tight end, Jace Sternberger.
Good news is, both wide receiver Curtis Samuel and running back Antonio Gibson are active for this weekend, for the WFT.
Meanwhile, New Orleans will be playing without tackle Terron Armstead, quarterback Ian Book, defensive end Jayln Holmes, wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey, center Erik McCoy, and defensive back, Desmond Trufant.
Before the gameday inactive reports even came out, we already knew the WFT would be playing without rookie wide receiver Dyami Brown, and fellow receiver Cam Sims.
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Veteran guard Brandon Scherff was also ruled out Friday with a knee injury.
So, three key members of Washington's roster out before we even got to Sunday, and at least four more listed as questionable as running back Antonio Gibson, linebacker Cole Holcomb, wide receiver Curtis Samuel, and defensive tackle Daron Payne all carried that designation entering the weekend.
We also knew wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden was likely to be active for his first game of the year after being elevated from the practice squad on Saturday.
For the Saints, two key offensive linemen were known to be missing in action before the end of the week, as center Erick McCoy and tackle Terron Armstead were both ruled out, on Friday.
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was listed on the injury report with a hand injury all week, but was cleared before the weekend, as was safety J.T. Gray who appeared on Thursday with a back injury.
Now that we know who will and won't be playing in this one, all eyes can turn to those suiting up for the Washington Football Team and New Orleans Saints, respectively.