NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints got a medical device Thursday that can help them keep players from bleeding during games and the playoffs, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The device is the first time a team has had access to a blood test for its players.
New Orleans has played in three postseason games this season without a player suffering a concussion.
It will be the first postseason device for a member of the Saints since the team had one in 2006.
The Saints were one of the teams that tested players during the playoffs.
They didn’t need the blood test and players were able to play without a concussion and not need to take any medication, Saints safety Eric Rowe said.
New York Jets’ running back Matt Forte and receiver Brandon Marshall were injured in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Jets said they will play without both players for a period of two weeks.
Both are expected to be available for Week 17.
They are expected back Sunday against the New England Patriots.
The Patriots are scheduled to host the New York Giants on Thursday night.