New Orleans Saints Sever Ties With LB Clint Ingram
By Keith Null
Linebacker Clint Ingram has been released before ever getting a chance to practice with the team in his first day of eligibility to do so after being removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP).
Ingram has missed the last six weeks while still recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery he underwent in April stemming from an injury he suffered while still a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At the time of his signing the Saints were fully aware of the injury and expected time frame of recovery but insisted they would give him every opportunity to compete for playing time. The Saints currently have seven active linebackers on the 53 man roster and Ingram is just not far enough along in his recovery to contribute this season.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is a fan of Ingram after coaching him during his tenure as the Jaguars defensive coordinator so the possibility exist that he could be re-signed at a later time or potentially brought back after the season ends to again compete at strong side linebacker.
The Saints also will have to decide what to do with free safety Darren Sharperwho was just removed from the PUP list as well. Currently the starter at FS is Malcolm Jenkins, who made the switch from corner to safety this off-season, and so far the Saints are enamoured with his performance which likely locks him down as the starter moving forward.
As impressive as Jenkins has been through six games this season (28 tackles, 1 sack) he has yet to get his first interception of the season, something Darren Sharper excels at and is sorely missing in the Saints defense this year.
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