New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen named veteran backup Andy Dalton the team’s starter for the third straight week as Jameis Winston continues to battle injuries.
Dalton, 34, went 1-1 as the Saints’ starter, throwing for 236 yards and a touchdown on Oct. 2 in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London, then leading a win over the Seattle Seahawks last week with 187 yards, one TD and an interception.
Winston has struggled with back and ankle injuries in recent weeks. He returned to practice this week but was listed as limited.
Sunday’s game will see the Saints take on Dalton’s former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, at home. The TCU product was a second-round pick of the Bengals in 2011.
In nine seasons in Cincinnati, Dalton went 78-70-2 as a starter, completing 62.3 percent of his passes with 228 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2016.
Dalton is now with his third team in three seasons, playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, a year after seeing time with the Chicago Bears. In 17 starts over the past three seasons, Dalton is 8-9.
Saints players who did not practice Thursday included wide receivers Deonte Harty (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Michael Thomas (foot), as well as cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) and defensive end Payton Turner (chest).
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