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Saints Seek Help On Defensive Line, Workout Paul Spicer And Rodrique Wright


It seems like the Saints cannot get healthy this season on the defensive line,which they now find themselves uncomfortably thin at.

Starting nose tackle Kendrick Clancy has battled a knee injury since week one of the season. Clancy returned to action this past Monday against the Falcons only to re-aggravate the injury.

Sedrick Ellis went down in the second quarter of the Saints win over the Dolphins with an MCL sprain and may miss up to four weeks or more.

That leaves Remi Ayodele and Anthony Hargrove as the remaining healthy defensive lineman not including the defensive end group.

Ellis’ absence from the lineup has created a huge void in the middle of the line and the Saints run defense has suffered because of it.

In an effort to bolster the line New Orleans has brought in free agents Paul Spicer and Rodrique Wright  for workouts.

Spicer, a ten year vet,  was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2008 season.

He was then acquired by the Saints where he spent the entire training camp with the team before being released in the final roster cut before the start of the season.

Wright had been with the Miami Dolphins since 2006 where he started nine games in 2007 totaling 28 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection.

He was cut prior to the start of the 2009 season.

The only other option the Saints have is to promote DeMario Pressley off the practice squad to the active roster.

Pressley was drafted by the Saints in 2008 but as of yet has failed to see any real game action, landing on IR last season with turf toe and then delegated to the practice squad this season.

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