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Saints Place Brodrick Bunkley on IR, Activate Lawrence Virgil


Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) is slow to get up after suffering an apparent injury during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering a quad injury in Monday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, like we expected, the New Orleans Saints have placed nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley on season-ending injured reserve.

Coach Sean Payton made the announcement of the transaction during his brief Thanksgiving day press conference this afternoon.  The former Florida State Seminole and nine-year veteran tallied just 17 tackles and zero sacks in eleven games started this season.

Now that Bunkley is done for the year, John Jenkins will have a golden opportunity to display his talents as a starter for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the playoffs.  The former Georgia Bulldog has the potential to become a legitimate run-stopping threat in the NFL.  In eight games (none started), Jenkins has totaled nine tackles and a pass defended.

The Black and Gold have also activated defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil from the practice squad.  The undrafted rookie out of Valdosta State had a solid preseason and training camp with the Saints, but unfortunately did not make the final cut for the 53-man roster.

At 6-foot-5 and 287 pounds with plenty of room to fill out, Virgil has excellent size to work both as a plug up the middle and as a pass rusher on the outside.  The hardworking and well-respected Division II athlete will now act as the backup to John Jenkins.

The struggling 4-7 Saints travel on the road Sunday to take on the 7-4 Pittsburgh Steelers.