As expected the Saints released rookie quarterback Sean Canfield today, once he clears waivers he will then be re-assigned to the practice squad.
Canfield was drafted in the seventh round this year but did not progress well enough to make the final roster but the team saw enough of him to add him to the practice squad where he has remained this season.
Second year linebacker Stanley Arnoux was placed on injured reserve leading up to the Saints Thanksgiving day game against the Cowboys opening up a roster spot for Canfield who was able to get a game check as a member of the active roster.
In his place the Saints have brought in another linebacker, second year pro Ramon Humber formerly of the Indianapolis Colts.
Humber joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent last season and led them in special team tackles that year with seventeen. Unfortunately two games into the 2010 season he suffered a broken hand and was eventually released.
An outside linebacker the Saints probably don’t have any plans for him to compete for a starting role and figures to mainly be a special teams contributor.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is known for putting his best defensive players on the field so Humber may have a chance to see the field in certain defensive packages if he plays well.
Running back Pierre Thomas may finally make his long awaited return to the lineup this Sunday against Cincinnati. Thomas injured his ankle in week 2, which later was reported a torn tendon, and has missed the last nine games leaving the bulk of the teams rushing duties to rookie Chris Ivory.
Head coach Sean Payton has said he “feels optimistic” about his chances to return although he will have to make it through practices this week with no major setbacks to have any real shot of being inserted in the lineup.
Thomas, along with team mates Danny Clark and Jermon Bushrod, are launching sportsbuzz.com which is a new athlete-driven social media program that enables fans to get closer than ever before to their favorite athletes and teams.
SportsBuzz.com will celebrate their official launch with a Madden Tournament and Monday Night Football viewing party Monday, December 6 at House of Blues in New Orleans, for details please visit the website.
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