When Saints HC Sean Payton was asked specifically about K Garrett Hartley, who missed two field goals Sunday, Payton responded with a general answer: "Listen, I think we're looking closely at every element. You know, I told the players today in the team meeting we're looking closely at each aspect of this team. And not trying to read into my answer, I just think it's important for us to do that.
"Whether it's [the kicker], the tackle position, whether it's a player on defense, the one thing I know I don't want to do is just repeat the process over and over again. So we're gonna look closely at what our options are and what gives us the best chance as we get ready to play this coming week and then obviously one week remaining."
Hartley missed an easy 26-yarder last week and had another FG blocked. Last month when Hartley was going through a rough patch, the Saints brought in five kickers for tryouts to update their emergency list -- including longtime veterans Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham. Even if Hartley plays this week in a must-have game, he's going to be risky.
Ryan Longwell, a 15-year NFL veteran who has not been in uniform this season, will sign with the Seattle Seahawks following a tryout Tuesday during which he outperformed competition from three other kickers, including Neil Rackers, according to sources.
The Seahawks signed Longwell for Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons because regular kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury against the Washington Redskins and his availability is in jeopardy.
The Seahawks will monitor Hauschka's performance in practice as well as the improvement on his calf before deciding whether he or Longwell is active Sunday.
OUT G Mike Brisiel (ankle), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), CB Sherrick McManis (ankle), S Troy Nolan (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE DT Shaun Cody (knee), TE Owen Daniels (knee)
PROBABLE LB Mister Alexander (shoulder), CB Jason Allen (thumb), DE Tim Bulman (calf), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle), RB James Casey (foot), TE Joel Dreessen (knee, wrist), CB Brandon Harris (hip), DE Tim Jamison (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (foot), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), WR Jeff Maehl (hamstring), DT Earl Mitchell (knee), C Chris Myers (knee), LB Jesse Nading (knee), S Glover Quin (ankle), K Neil Rackers (right calf), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), RB Ben Tate (hamstring), WR Kevin Walter (quadricep), QB T.J. Yates (right shoulder)
OUT QB Peyton Manning (neck)
DOUBTFUL TE Dallas Clark (neck)
QUESTIONABLE DE Jamaal Anderson (groin), S Antoine Bethea (knee), RB Delone Carter (forearm), LB A.J. Edds (ankle), DE Robert Mathis (knee), LB Philip Wheeler (foot)