The Saints have placed running back Ladell Betts on season ending injured reserve today and signed linebacker Kawika Mitchell to replace him on the roster.
Betts was signed by the Saints in the preseason after being released from the Washington Redskins.
He was released prior to the start of the regular season but was quickly resigned a few weeks later after Reggie Bush suffered a broken leg in week three.
Betts has missed the last three games with a kneck injury and likely, given the return of Pierre Thomas, would have been released considering the Saints would have had five running backs on the roster.
Kawika Mitchell is an eight year NFL veteran who has played for the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs recording 369 tackles, 12 sacks, 20 pass deflections, 6 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles in his career.
He started every game for the New York Giants during their 2007 Super Bowl winning season at the weak side linebacker position but previously spent the entirety of his professional career at middle linebacker with the Chiefs.
Mitchell started the 2010 season with the Bills on the injured reserve list but at his request was released in October enabling him to sign with any team he desired.
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