Corner back Randall Gay’s season is over after the team placed on him on injured reserve today with lingering post concussion symptoms weeks after he was originally concussed in week two’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Gay joined the Saints in free agency prior to the 2008 season agreeing to a four-year 17.8 million contract. Although he lead the team in passes defensed with 15 while starting 13 games for the Saints that season he eventually became the top nickel back once the team drafted Tracy Porter and acquired Jabari Greer.
In his three seasons with the team Gay has notched 94 tackles, 2 sacks, 20 pass defelections and one interception.
To offset the loss of Gay the Saints have signed former Cowboy and Ram corner Quincy Butler to the roster. Butler has been in the league since 2006 when he landed with Dallas as an undrafted rookie free agent. He appeared in one game bouncing on and off the practice squad before his final release in August 2008.
Interestingly enough the Saints signed him to their practice squad in October before releasing him December.
Quincy was then picked up by the St.Louis Rams days later starting seven games for the club in 2009 recording 25 tackles and five passes defensed.
Also softening the blow of Gays’ loss is the emergence of the teams first round pick Patrick Robinson who has started the last two games in the absence of top corner Tracy Porter who is recovering from minor knee surgery.
Robinson has made twelve tackles and one pass deflection in his two starts garnering praise from coaches for physical play. When Porter returns to the lineup Robinson will become the teams top nickel corner.
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