New Orleans Saints will have to make a roster move sooner or later
July 29, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver John Chiles (left) catches a pass in front of linebacker Ramon Humber (right) during the first day of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
With the New Orleans Saints making so many roster moves, it’s hard to keep track of who’s in, who’s out, and when will the roster be “final”? The way some things are panning out, a few more moves will need to be or have to be made eventually.
After going over the roster, the Saints are currently capped at the 53-player limit. If the Saints need to add a player then obviously one will have to be released accordingly.
Currently linebacker Jonathan Vilma isn’t counting against the roster since he is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Once he serves the six game requirement, he is eligible to rejoin the roster. If that happens someone will have to be released.
The only thing that stops that is if Vilma isn’t healthy enough and is placed on injured reserve which is required if not activated. Of course another is if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates his season-long suspension that was recently and temporarily appealed.
Another decision that the club will have to make is on linebacker Ramon Humber who is on the Reserve/Suspended list. Humber is serving a three game suspension for what many sources are say is for “undisclosed reasons”.
Once his suspension is over, which is after the September 23rd game against the Kansas City Chiefs, then the Saints will have to decide if they want to activate Humber or release him. If Humber is brought back, someone will need to go.
Another interesting note would be the recent workouts conducted by the Saints on several free agent linebackers. Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said that he wasn’t pleased with the performance by the linebacking corps against the Washington Redskins.
Kromer didn’t point out anyone on the linebacker roster specifically and he didn’t name who the club conducted workouts with. However, Ernie Sims name did get mentioned by NFL reporter Adam Caplan. Sims is mainly known as weakside linbacker.