No team is immune to the injury bug and the Saints are no exception to this rule.
Earlier this week the team lost it’s third running back Lynell Hamilton to an ACL tear a day before their Thursday night pre-season opener against the Patriots.
In that same game punter and kick off return specialist Thomas Morstead was hurt making a tackle on the opening kick off when he landed awkwardly on his left shoulder, he would not return to the game.
Morstead underwent an MRI Friday and luckily the results came back negative for any serious injury. Morstead’s status for next Saturdays pre-season game against the Texan is still undecided.
Meanwhile the team has been trying deal with the loss of Hamilton and are unsure if they will attempt to sign a free agent from a rather thin running back market or push through with youngsters P.J. Hill and Chris Ivory.
Hamilton was released from the team today as he cannot be placed on injured reserve because he has less than three years of experience and must clear waivers before being put on IR.
His release cleared a roster spot allowing the Saints to bring in another running back, instead they have resigned linebacker Harry Coleman to take his place.
Now if the Saints want to bring in another back they will have to waive a player currently on the roster.
Coleman is a popular player locally after becoming a standout at LSU as a safety/linebacker. He went undrafted but was signed by the Saints this off-season before being released right before the start of training camp.
The Saints move to re-sign Coleman does not necessarily mean that are not going to add another running back into the mix as currently Adrian Peterson, Jammal Lewis and Ladell Betts are still on the market and have been considered by the front office.