11 Saints players clear COVID protocol, but Marcus Williams goes down

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  • Marcus Williams
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  • Demario Davis
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  • Taysom Hill
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  • Trevor Siemian
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We just can’t get only-positive New Orleans Saints news these days. The team activated nearly a dozen players from the COVID-19 reserve list on Wednesday, including their top two quarterbacks in Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian, as well as firebrand linebacker Demario Davis.

But they lost Marcus Williams, the veteran free safety who leads all defenders in snaps played this season. Williams has been a major part of New Orleans’ defensive success this season, helping the Saints limit opponents to just 36 pass completions of 20 or more yards — a number that ranks fifth-best in the NFL. For context, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Las Vegas Raiders are tied for worst in the league with 61 such gains.

Let’s hope Williams can clear protocol in time to return for Sunday’s game with the Carolina Panthers, because they’ll miss him if he can’t play.

In better news: here is the full list of Saints players returning from COVID-19 reserve on Wednesday, with those still remaining in protocol listed after. The Saints did return defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins and tight end Juwan Johnson from the COVID list on Tuesday, so these are more steps in the right direction:

QB Taysom Hill

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QB Trevor Siemian

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LB Demario Davis

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LB Kwon Alexander

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LB Kaden Elliss

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S J.T. Gray

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S Jeff Heath

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OL Jordan Mills

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OL James Carpenter

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DT Christian Ringo

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TE Adam Trautman

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Saints players remaining on COVID-19 reserve

  1. DE Jalyn Holmes (Dec. 23)

  2. OL Ryan Ramczyk (Dec. 24)

  3. RB Dwayne Washington (Dec. 24)

  4. DE Carl Granderson (Dec. 25)

  5. WR Deonte Harris (Dec. 26)

  6. DT Malcolm Roach (Dec. 26)

  7. OL Jerald Hawkins (Dec. 26)

  8. CB KeiVarae Russell (Dec. 26)

  9. S Marcus Williams (Dec. 29)

Additionally, offensive tackle Landon Young and kicker Wil Lutz are in COVID-19 protocols while also out for the season on injured reserve.

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