Although no official announcement has been made by the New Orleans Saints front office there are several different sources that are reporting tight end David Thomas has been placed on injured reserve.
Thomas is the Saints best blocking tight end, but also can be a force in the passing game.
A concussion suffered in week two against the Houston Texans has sidelined Thomas for most of the season — missing five total games — before returning in a limited capacity to practice in weeks 7 and 8.
But his return to game action was short lived, and after making an appearence week 9 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was knocked out of week ten’s win over the Atlanta Falcons with yet another concussion.
This time around the coaching staff has apparently seen enough to shut him down for the season as a precaution, but also in respect to his future health and career longevity.
To replace Thomas the Saints went to the practice squad and promoted tight end Michael Higgins to the active roster.
Higgins has been on the practice squad since the team signed him prior to the start of the season on September 4th. He originally was signed prior to training camp in July after going undrafted.
A 2009 second-team All-American at the University of Nebraska, Higgins played in 44 career games finishing with 112 receptions for 1,851 yard for a 16.5 average with 19 touchdowns.
Replacing Higgins on the practice squad is tight end Daniel Hardy Jr., a seventh round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was released during final cuts.