Banged up Saints likely to start Dalton at QB

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The New Orleans Saints, who will be without several offensive starters Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, declined to name a starting QB on Wednesday, though Andy Dalton says he'll be ready if his number is called.

Saints noncommittal on starting QB, but Andy Dalton ready to go 3:56 PM ET Katherine TerrellESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the NFL since 2013 Previously covered the Saints for the Times-Picayune and The Athletic Bengals beat writer for ESPN from 2016-19 New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen declined to name a starting quarterback for Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals , although signs point to Andy Dalton making his fourth straight start of the season. "I think we'll just wait 'till game time," he said. Allen ruined out wide receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry , cornerback Marshon Lattimore , guard Andrus Peat and tight end Adam Trautman . Rookie wide receiver Chris Olave said earlier in the week that he had passed through concussion protocol and would play Thursday. Editor's Picks Saints WR Olave says he'll be playing vs. Cards 23h Katherine Terrell Suit filed against RB Kamara over Feb. attack 5d Katherine Terrell 1 Related Allen said earlier in the week that quarterback Jameis Winston is not 100 percent healthy and won't play until he's recovered from a back injury that has lingered since Week 1. While Winston has returned to practice, he's still limited as he works his way back from injury. Dalton is also dealing with a back injury after last Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals , but said he feels good to go. "Obviously short week, so there's just little things you have to deal with," Dalton told the media in a post practice interview on Wednesday.