Injuries continue to mount inside the Saints running back group after running back P.J. Hill was placed on injured reserve with a partially torn triceps he suffered Saturday during the Saints 38-20 preseason win over the Houston Texans.
Hill is the second running back to be placed in IR after running back Lynell Hamilton, considered the favorite to start as the third running back for the upcoming season, also was placed on injured reserve after he tore his ACL days before the Saints first preseason game against the New England Patriots two weeks ago.
Hill originally entered the league last season with the Saints as undrafted rookie free agent but was released in the final roster cut before making his way to the practice squad, he was eventually signed by the Washington Redskins.
Earlier this off season he was placed on waivers by Washington and the Saints quickly resigned him before the start of training camp to compete as the primary short yardage back. In his two preseason appearances Hill has rushed for 62 yards on 15 carries with four receptions for 23 yards.
To off-set the loss of Hill the Saints signed former Packer running back DeShawn Wynn. During his time in Green Bay Wynn spent time on the practice squad and active roster where he rushed 64 times for 332 yards and five TDs over his three-year NFL career.
The Saints are back to five running backs on the roster with additon of Wynn, free agent running back Ladell Betts signed last week after the loss of Hamilton. Wynn and rookie Chris Ivory will have to outshine Betts, arguably the best and clearly the most experienced of the three, if they want any shot at upsetting him as the third back on the roster.