Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) gets a handshake from wide receiver Marques Colston (12) after being injured and carted off the field during the first quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
The Saints officially placed their rookie sensation safety, Kenny Vaccaro, on injured reserve today, as he had surgery to repair his fractured ankle.
Vaccaro suffered the season ending injury in the Panthers game on Sunday during the first quarter. He officially finishes 2013 with 92 total tackles, one sack, an interception, and six pass defenses in 14 games with the Saints. Vaccaro only missed one game this season, and the first rounder from Texas has certainly outperformed anyone’s expectations this season.
We wish Kenny a quick recovery, and while we will miss his absence, veterans Roman Harper & Malcolm Jenkins are not strangers to the starting roles. We can’t wait to see Vaccaro back in 2014.
For the Saints, mark another member of the secondary down for the year with injury.
With the announcement of Vaccaro to IR, General Manager Mickey Loomis announced that the Saints also signed cornerback Terrence Frederick to the active roster. Frederick was a seventh round 2012 draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played in two career games with the New York Giants, and was signed from the Browns practice squad. His immediate role is unclear.
In other news, wide receiver Chris Williams was reportedly signed by an undisclosed team from the practice squad today (other reports state that Williams was released), as Sean Payton announced the Saints signed wide receiver Charles Hawkins to the practice squad.
Hawkins is an undrafted rookie from Southern University. He’s actually a local guy from New Orleans, and spent his preseason with the Cardinals, and most recently the Detroit Lions. Both stints were on the practice squad.
Williams was a promising find for the Saints, as he was signed by the team over two months ago. However, we never got the chance to see him play for the black and gold.