The New Orleans Saints announced that they have placed three rookies onto the non-football injury list Wednesday — outside linebacker Davis Tull, running back Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Antonio Johnson.
Tull, the team’s first of three fifth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, underwent surgery in March to repair a torn labrum. The Tennessee-Chattanooga product spent organized team activities and minicamp rehabilitating through little off-field drills.
Head coach Sean Payton said he expects a training camp return for Tull, who excelled as both a pass rusher and run stopper during his senior year of collegiate play. The New Orleans Saints hope to get the same type of production from him in the pros, as he could be in line for a hefty workload with Junior Galette’s status up in the air.
Both Marcus Murphy and Antonio Johnson were full participants at OTAs and minicamp. Their injuries are unspecified at the moment.
Murphy was drafted by the Black and Gold with their final pick in the seventh round as an all-purpose running back. He has been described as one of college football’s most dynamic all-purpose backs, so it seems like the New Orleans Saints could certainly make use of the former Missouri Tiger. He stood out at minicamp as a return man. However, with a crowded backfield, there is no guarantee he’ll make the final cut.
Antonio Johnson was picked up as an undrafted free agent. He looks to battle for a depth spot on the offensive line. A former college teammate of another Saints’ undrafted free agent, Cyril Lemon, Johnson was a four-year starter for North Texas.
New Orleans Saints rookies reported to Metairie, LA Wednesday to begin training camp activities. The entire team arrives at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV July 29. Practices start the following morning.