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New Orleans Saints wide receiver A.T. Perry, left, pats the helmet of quarterback Derek Carr (4) as Carr walks off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr remains in concussion protocol coming out of the team’s bye week, coach Dennis Allen said Monday.

Carr got hurt in a Nov. 12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and will have to clear protocol to play in Sunday’s upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons. Carr was one of several Saints players to get injured — with wide receiver Michael Thomas (knee) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) suffering what Allen called “fairly significant” injuries.

Allen said Thomas and Lattimore are still expected to miss “some time” after receiving second opinions on their injuries. The coach declined to say whether either is a candidate for injured reserve.

The Saints return to practice Wednesday, which should provide clarity for Carr’s status.

“He’s still got to go through practice and all that, so I can’t really comment on that,” Allen said.

Carr was seen in the Saints’ locker room Monday when media was allowed to enter. Asked if the team’s preparation was different with its starting quarterback still in protocol, Allen said the Saints will go about business as usual.

"The protocol is the protocol," Allen said. "Now obviously the fact we had a bye week, we had a lot of extra time. Without getting into too much detail, I don't think it affects much."?

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