Linebacker Ernie Sims works out for the New Orleans Saints; insurance for Scott Shanle?


Jan. 1, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) stiff arms Indianapolis Colts linebacker Ernie Sims (55) during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

NFL reporter Adam Caplan is reporting that the New Orleans Saints have worked out former Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Ernie Sims.

This move is possibly in order to provide insurance in case linebacker Scott Shanle is seriously injured after leaving Sunday’s game and not returning.

Sims was actually a suggestion I had as a possible player to bring in to add some depth after linebacker Chris Chamberlain was placed on injured reserve and backups Will Herring and Jonathan Casillas were constantly injured last season and really haven’t been standouts so far.

One reason for the suggestion is that Sims is a weakside linebacker and could take over at that position.  If Shanle’s injury is severe enough to keep him out for some time or even for most or all of the season, Sims could be a suitable option if they have to shift personnel around.

Interim head coach Aaron Kromer will release an injury report today and we’ll get to see the status of Shanle and the others.  There is no word on if Sims was signed or not after the workout.