The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Tory Humphrey three days ago to help bolster depth at the position, where they have been bitten by the injury bug.
Backup tight end David Thomas suffered a concussion in week three and has since missed every game. John Gilmore, the former Steelers, has also battled injury, which left only starting tight end Jimmy Graham as the lone healthy player of the group.
Humphrey was release today to clear room for running back Chris Ivory, whom the team suddenly needed to fill in for injured starter Mark Ingram.
Ingram severely bruised his heel after rushing for a career high 91 yards against the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Ivory likely would have remained on the PUP list if not for Ingram’s injury, but fans have been calling for his return since becoming eligible to return to the active roster in week six.
Last season he rushed for 716 yards and five touchdowns in only twelve games — numbers better than the three running backs take in the first round last year — C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best.