For the second time in as many weeks, one of the New Orleans Saints top offseason acquisitions is a healthy scratch.
Wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, is inactive for the second consecutive week. Meredith signed a two-year deal with the Saints this offseason.
Earlier this week, Saints coach Sean Payton said Meredith’s inactive status in the opener had less to do with his current health and more to do with how his recovery from last year’s injury put him behind in training camp.
“He is doing well,” Payton said. “I think more than anything else, it had to do with just the reps…He was behind coming off training camp. We will see how he is doing this week. From a health standpoint, he is doing well.
“It is just getting him up to speed from a timing element and getting him the reps he needs to be ready to function and then go out and play consistently.”
Second-year defensive end Trey Hendrickson was also a surprising inactive.
Joining Hendrickson and Meredith on the Saints’ inactive list were Arthur Maulet, Cameron Tom, Tyeler Davison, Will Clapp and Dan Arnold.
Browns defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence, whom the Saints traded to Cleveland after the final preseason game this year, is also inactive.
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