The New Orleans Saints are making some attempts to bolster their depleted linebacker position after announcing Curtis Lofton(ankle) and David Hawthorne(knee) would be out at least for the rest of the preseason with injuries and Chris Chamberlain(ACL) was placed on injured reserve.
General manager Mickey Loomis announced that the team had acquired Seattle Seahawks linebacker Barrett Ruud for an undisclosed draft pick. Ruud was a former second-round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005 and played there until 2011.
Ruud signed with the Tennessee Titans in July of 2011 and on December 2011 he was placed on injured reserve ending his season and his tenure with the Titans. He signed with the Seahawks during the offseason.
For his career, Ruud has 642 tackles, 5 sacks, and 7 interceptions. While regarded as a very aggressive, sideline to sideline player, Ruud has had issues with staying healthy also. Likely he is being brought in for some depth at middle linebacker which is Lofton’s spot.
Lofton’s high ankle sprain injury is one that can be a nagging, slow-healing one and Ruud can fill in for him as needed. Ruud will reunite with an old Nebraska University teammate with the Saints in linebacker Scott Shanle.
Linebacker Ramon Humber was going to fill in at various positions and interim head coach Joe Vitt said he would play middle linebacker this Saturday against the Houston Texans. However, it was also revealed today that Humber is facing a three game suspension due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.