Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray out for Saints vs. Buccaneers with Injuries

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 17, 2021

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps) have been ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

Hill joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2017. He's filled numerous roles for the team ever since, including quarterback, running back, pass-catcher and special teams ace.

The 30-year-old, who signed a two-year, $21 million contract with the Saints last April, received an opportunity to take more snaps on a regular basis when starter Drew Brees suffered 11 rib fractures and a collapsed lung during a pair of games in November, forcing him to go on injured reserve.

The Saints went 3-1 with Hill as the starter.

Brees figures to take all of the snaps at quarterback now, as the Saints don't have a clear replacement for Hill's offensive packages. Ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston should be the clear backup to Brees sans Hill.

Murray, 30, rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns as Alvin Kamara's backup this season. With Kamara expected to handle the majority of the work out of the backfield regardless, and Ty Montgomery available to take some snaps, New Orleans shouldn't be overly burdened by the loss of Murray. 

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