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New Orleans Saints: Seasons over for CB Fabian Washington


The New Orleans Saints have decided to place veteran cornerback Fabian Washington on the injured reserve list because of nagging hamstring issues, effectively ending his 2011 season before it ever starts.

Washington agreed to a one-year contract with the Saints on July 31st to provide a little veteran depth after the team released Randall Gay. At the time starting corner Tracy Porter was also still being held out of practice while recovering from knee surgery.

He was  a former first round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2005 when he was taken with the 23rd overall pick. His draft stock sky-rocketed after he posted a 4.25 forty at the Combine.

In three seasons with Oakland Washington recorded 112 tackles, 24 pass deflections, and five interceptions.

During the 2008 draft he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, he started 30 of 36 games he appeared in for Baltimore making 99 tackles, 29 pass deflections and one interception.

Midway through the 2010 season Washington was benched after a few tough games in favor of the younger Josh Wilson, who held onto the starting spot for the rest of the season after ranking second in total pass breakups on the team with fifteen.

The Saints still have plenty of depth at cornerback still on the roster —  Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Johnny Patrick, Leigh Torrence, and Trumaine McBride — as well as several undrafted free agents on the bubble.