With their season hanging in the balance and a red-hot San Diego Chargers team coming into town on Sunday, the New Orleans Saints are desperate to avoid injuries in preparation for the contest.
Update: Friday, October 5 at 2:04 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
It appears the Saints won't be able to avoid losing Moore, at least for this game. Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has reported that Moore is officially out for this week's game against the Chargers.
This is yet another blow to a Saints team in desperate need of a win at 0-4.
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Unfortunately for the team, wide receiver Lance Moore was held out of practice Thursday and his status for Week 5 is now uncertain, according to CBS Sports.
Via CBS Sports:
Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) was held out of practice for a second straight day Thursday as the team prepares for Week 5 vs. San Diego. Interim coach Aaron Kromer said it would be difficult to replace Moore if he is not available.
Though New Orleans' offense has been hit-or-miss in 2012, Moore has been one of the most consistent fixtures, compiling 19 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns through four weeks.
If he's absent, this could be a crushing blow for the Saints. Moore is a do-everything receiver for quarterback Drew Brees who can chew up yards out of the slot or even line up as a flanker if needed.
A seventh-year veteran, Moore has been with the team his entire career and has been a consistent contributor since emerging late in 2007. If Moore is unable to go, it's likely that the team relies heavily on Greg Camarillo and Courtney Roby to pick up his slack.
For fantasy owners, a week without Moore would be a frustrating but survivable blow. On most teams, he's emerged as an every-week flex start and you could likely find a replacement-level player to stick in for Week 5.
Nonetheless, with the Saints desperately hoping to avoid a shocking 0-5 start, they will do everything in their power to get the 29-year-old receiver into the lineup.
Be sure to check back in as we update Moore's status with the latest updates heading into Week 5.