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Is a Return to the Saints Imminent For Suspended WR Joe Morgan?


Dec 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) completes a pass as New York Giants strong safety Stevie Brown (27) fails to make the stop during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

WR Joe Morgan, who has not caught a football in a regular season contest since Week 17 of the 2012 season, was suspended by the New Orleans Saints on October 28 for an unspecified reason.

However, according to Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune and, he was identified in the team’s locker room Monday morning, but refused to comment on his brief appearance.  Could this mean a return is imminent for the Black and Gold’s speedy wideout?

At the moment, Morgan remains excluded from the Saints’ 53-man roster, which means the team would be required to dump another player in order to make room for the former Walsh University product.

He’s been a non-factor since 2012, appearing in only one game this year (Week 1 at the Atlanta Falcons) after falling on season-ending injured reserve during the 2013 preseason.  After averaging 37.9 yards per catch two years ago in limited play, he’s definitely got the “stuff” to be a giant playmaker for Drew Brees and that high-powered offense, so it remains a mystery as to why Sean Payton refuses to throw Morgan in the huddle.

During a press conference last week, Payton hinted an off-field problem, which makes a little sense.  In May of 2013, Morgan was arrested by State Police in Jefferson Parrish, LA for driving while intoxicated and without a valid license after the responding trooper found him passed out behind the wheel on the shoulder of the Earhart Expressway, but that was over a year ago.

The Saints announced several roster moves last Wednesday, including the signing of tackle Nick Becton to the active roster from the New York Giants‘ practice squad.  If Morgan is in the midst of a return, Becton’s time in the Big Easy could be approaching a quick end, but there are a couple of other guys who could be replaced instead.

With seven games remaining in the regular season for the 4-5 Saints, the team could certainly use the potential spark in the offense to assist in taking a division that is still somehow theirs while making a push for the playoffs.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the Morgan situation, Who Dat Nation.