The New Orleans Saints made it official on Saturday afternoon, announcing that Jameis Winston was demoted for Sunday morning’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in London.
Winston was sidelined from practice all week due to back and ankle injuries and was not expected to play, but was initially listed as questionable. This is Winston’s second season as a starter for the Saints, and he’s now missed time through injury in those two campaigns. He started New Orleans’ first seven games a year ago but tore his ACL in Week 8.
Backup quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to start in place of Winston against Minnesota, although Taysom Hill also looks likely to get snaps in specialty packages, given he often does so even when Winston is under center .
The Saints will also be without receiver Michael Thomas and guard Andrus Peat, while receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Alvin Kamara are each listed as questionable. So the Saints will roll with a backup quarterback, a depleted offensive line and a battered skill position body.
New Orleans has lost consecutive games after opening the season with a win from behind over division rival Atlanta Falcons. The Saints have managed just 24 combined points in their last two games and now face the prospect of trying to keep up with a Minnesota offense with explosive potential but without many of their best options.