New Orleans Saints: Coach Payton Says Both Garrett Hartley And John Carney May Remain With Team


Kicker Garrett Hartley, a mid-season addition to the Saints last season, is eligible to rejoin the team this Saturday after full-filling his four game suspension after violating the NFL’s substance policy.

After an impressive 2008 showing, where he was a perfect 13 of 13 on field goals and 28 of 28 on extra points, Hartley tested positive for the banned substance Adderall before the start of the 2009 season.

In his absence the Saints brought back former kicker John Carney who previously played with the Saints from 2001-2006 and recently made the Pro Bowl in 2008 with the New York Giants to take his place.

Carney has played very well so far this season connecting on 7 of 8 field goals and all 18 extra point attempts, his only miss stemming from a blocked field goal attempt in week one against Detroit.

Hartley, the much younger of the two, is believed to have the stronger leg and greater range but did struggle during the pre-season, resulting in rumors that Carney may be a Saint longer than expected.

However Payton feels he can benefit from having both men on board this season and seems to be leaning towards keeping both.

That means though that one kicker would have to be de-activated on game days or  a player dropped off the 53-man active roster to clear a spot for Hartley for good.

What the Saints plan to do is still unclear and in the meantime it appears they will move ahead with both.

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