Saints’ James Winston excludes Vikings; Andy Dalton starts

New Orleans Saints midfielder James Winston has been excluded for Sunday against Minnesota Vikings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium due to a back injury, the team announced on Saturday.

Veteran Andy Dalton will have the first game for the Saints after taking all the first team records this week. Winston is considered suspicious

Winston had to compete with a back injury but was suspended from training for a full week before the NFL’s first international game of the season. The eighth-year quarterback is also recovering from an ankle injury and is considered suspicious will attend the weekend.

“I don’t think his body reacted quite the way we anticipated the first few days,” said Saints coach Dennis Allen.

Earlier in the week, Winston said he was preparing to play against the Vikings.

Allen also confirmed that the wide receiver Michael Thomas will miss Sunday’s game because of a leg injury. He leads the team with three touchdown receptions.

Winston threw 858 yards with four TD passes and five interceptions in three games. He completed 63.5% of his passes.

Dalton stepped in to start nine games for Cowboys in 2020 after Dallas starts Dak Prescott’s season-end ankle injury in Week 5. That season, Dalton completed 64.9% of his passes, throwing 2,170 yards with 14 TDs and 8 interceptions.

The Saints are Dalton’s fourth team in as many years as he spent his first nine seasons as a starter for Cincinnati Bengals.

Last year, Dalton appeared in eight games and had six starts for Chicagocompleted 63.1% of his passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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