METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints have ruled out No. 3 wide receiver Brandon Coleman for Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game at Minnesota with a neck injury.

Coleman has been an underrated part of the Saints’ offense this year as both a pass catcher and a blocker (the Saints led the NFL in both yards per rush and yards per pass attempt). The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder caught 23 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games played. He has never missed a game due to injury in his three years as part of New Orleans’ active roster.

Coleman’s absence should mean a bigger role for fellow receiver Willie Snead, who has been surprisingly quiet this season, with just eight catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games played.

Snead fell behind Coleman in the Saints’ pecking order when he missed the first three games of the season because of a DUI suspension, then missed two more games with a hamstring injury. He hasn’t been able to work his way back into a consistent role since – but the second round out of the playoffs would be as good a time as any.

Snead caught a total of 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in a two-year span from 2015-2016.

Two other Saints players are listed as questionable due to illness: linebacker Michael Mauti and quarterback Taysom Hill, both of whom play big roles on special teams.

Everyone else on the Saints’ injury report is expected to play.

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