Higgins will be filling in for TE John Gilmore, who was filling in for TE David Thomas after the Saints placed Thomas on injured reserve late in the season. Gilmore was ruled out for today with a toe injury.
After playing college football at Nebraska-Omaha, Higgins went undrafted and found his way onto the Saints practice squad this season. He remained there until he was activated a few weeks ago and recorded his first NFL reception for 4 yards against the Carolina Panthers on January 1.
Higgins will mainly be used as a blocking tight end and on special teams. If he performs well for the Saints during this critical time, it could help his chances during the start of next season for either staying on the practice squad to develop or an active roster spot.
The player that some fans, including myself, want to see perform is Bussey. Bussey did well in preseason and even intercepted a pass against the San Francisco 49ers. He was a seventh round draft pick for the Saints this season, playing for Illinois along side fellow Saints LB Martez Wilson.
Bussey was activated due to an injury to LB Jonathan Casillas, who has been ruled out for today’s game with a knee injury. With other injuries to the Saints linebacking core, Bussey got the nod that he was coming up from the practice squad to the active roster.