New Orleans' secondary has additions and subtractions for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.
Safety Darren Sharper is expected back in the Saints' starting lineup after missing last week's game with a knee injury. Rookie first-round draft pick Malcolm Jenkins is expected to make his first start at cornerback.
Also, recently signed cornerback Chris McAlister is expected to be deactivated Sunday. The Saints are pleased with how quickly McAlister has adapted to the team both physically and mentally, but they've decided not to use him Sunday.
But New Orleans is less worried about its pass defense than its run defense, which has been gashed lately. The Saints still will be without defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury but could be back for next Monday night's game against New England.
And remember, New Orleans has not fared well in Tampa, losing three of its past four games there.
Injury woes for Steelers and Ravens
As Pittsburgh and Baltimore try to overtake Cincinnati in the AFC North, each will have to do it without a defensive star.
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will not play Sunday at Kansas City and is expected to be sidelined about a month with a strained ligament in his knee, said a source close to the situation. The Steelers have been tight-lipped about Polamalu's knee since he hurt it last week, but it is a different injury from the one he sustained in Pittsburgh's regular-season opener. It will not require surgery but will require Polamalu to miss what is thought to be about a month.
It's a similar timeline for Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who strained his medial collateral ligament during Monday night's win over Cleveland. Some doctors think Suggs will miss as little as three weeks, while others predict as many as six. The conservative estimate is about a month.
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