After the devastating news that linebacker Chris Chamberlain would be lost for the season due to an ACL injury in his left knee, some positive news came for the New Orleans Saints on injuries to wide receiver Andy Tanner and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Interim head coach Joe Vitt said that Tanner after being carted off the sideline last night, merely has a sprained ankle. Tanner was blocking for running back Travaris Cadet on a play when Cadet slammed into the back of Tanner.
Quddus suffered what Vitt described as a”ding” last night not long after making a nice interception earlier on a tipped pass by cornerback Elbert Mack. He left the game and did not return. Vitt said per league rules, Quddus went through the usual concussion tests but said he’s fine.
Vitt further called the loss of Chamberlain “big” to the team since he was familiar with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme and was very versatile being able to play all three linebacking positions at strongside, middle, and weakside.
While Vitt wouldn’t really say who is a prime candidate to fill Chamberlain’s spot, he did cite linebacker Ramon Humber’s ability to versatile like Chamberlain as well.
Humber signed with the Saints in 2010 after previously playing for the Indianapolis Colts. Although not well known on the roster, he had 21 tackles and a sack for the team last year.