New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints placed running backs Chris Ivory the team’s leading rusher and Pierre Thomas, a starter at the beginning of the season were placed on injured reserve ending their season, and added Joique Bell and Deshawn Wynn to the roster to beef up the running back corps. The New Orleans Saints running backs have been plagued by injuries this season. Pierre Thomas has been injured on and off and up until today he was scheduled to play.
Chris Ivory was injured during the Atlanta game after carring most of the season. Prior to the beginning of the season the New Orleans Saints lost Lynell Hamilton and PJ Hill to injuries for the entire year. Reggie Bush seems to be in good shape but is not a between the tackles runner. Bell had been signed by the Buffalo Bills but was released and then spent time with the Indianapolis Colts. Deshawn Wynn has been with the New Orleans Saints earlier in the season but was cut in October. Ivory led the New Orleans Saints prior to getting hurt with 716 yards on 137 carries and 5 touchdowns. Ivory was injured in the 23-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs. The loss of Ivory and Thomas will create a hole in the New Orleans Saints running attack. So at this point the veterans that are on the team and are 100% are Reggie Bush (150 yards on 36 carries) and Julius Jones (193 yards on 48 carries) are the only backs that have been with the New Orleans Saints all season.
The New Orleans Saints did receive some good news however on the wide receiver front. Standout wide receiver Marques Colston was able to return to practice on a full time basis. This means that the receiver corps will have a full complement of receivers to carry the load. This is important since TE Jimmy Graham did not practice at all and TE Jeremy Shockey, and TE David Thomas limited practice are uncertain in status for the game in Seattle on Saturday. Others on the injury report are S Malcolm Jenkins, DT Anthony Hargrove and LB Danny Clark.
New Orleans Saints