Saints’ Allen expects Dalton to start at QB vs. Seattle

Andy Dalton is expected to start as quarterback when the Saints host the Seahawks, while receiver Michael Thomas has been ruled out with his foot injury.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Andy Dalton is expected to start as quarterback for New Orleans when the Saints host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, while receiver Michael Thomas has been ruled out for a second straight game because of his foot injury.

“I think it’s going to be Andy,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said Friday after Dalton snapped first-team training photos on day three of this week while season-opening starter Jameis Winston continued his recovery from back and ankle injuries.

Dalton made his first start for New Orleans in last week’s 28-25 loss to Minnesota in London. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown without an interception. Dalton was sacked twice and turned the ball over on a fumble.

“Andy did a good job. I thought he played well in the game,” Allen said. “That’s why Andy is here because he’s a proven vet and we feel like we can go in and play good football with him running the team.”

Dalton, 35, is in his 12th season and first with the Saints. He looked accurate and determined in both his preseason performances and much of his lone regular-season game against New Orleans.

“I feel really good where I am on this offense and just understand everything,” said Dalton. “Now for us it’s just a matter of going out and performing and making sure everyone is on the same page.”

Last week, Dalton was missing dynamic running back Alvin Kamara, as was Thomas. Kamara, who has missed two of New Orleans’ last three games with a rib injury, has said he is ready to play this week.

“It doesn’t always have to be perfect and he can find a way to make plays,” Dalton said of Kamara. “He can do so much. … Every time you get the ball in his hands, you know something positive is going to happen.”

Winston started in New Orleans’ first three games despite injuring himself in a Week 1 comeback win in Atlanta. But the offensive largely stagnated.

Winston completed 63.5% of his passes for 858 yards and four TDs. He has thrown five interceptions and has been dismissed 11 times.

Allen did not predict when Winston might be ready to return.

“I think he’s getting better,” Allen said. “The most important thing is to get him healthy so we don’t ride roller coasters every week. That will be the plan going forward and we’ll see where it is next week.”

The Saints also ruled out sophomore Payton Turner (chest) and veteran safety player PJ Williams (quads) from Sunday’s game.

Andrus Peat, who is at left, returned to practice this week after suffering a concussion and could return against Seattle. Saints’ Allen expects Dalton to start at QB vs. Seattle

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