The New Orleans Saints find themselves in a bit of a pickle with injuries to Dannell Ellerbe and David Hawthorne. Both did not practice on Thursday. Head coach Sean Payton already stated that Henry Coley, who was recently a signed addition to the practice squad, is in the mix to see action should both of these linebackers miss Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants.
An interesting report from ESPN’s Field Yates said that the black and gold hosted former St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar today.
Dunbar, who was just released by the Rams on Wednesday, was an undrafted rookie free agent find by the Saints in 2008. He’d play for the black and gold through 2011, and then sign with the Rams on April 1, 2012. His first season with the Rams ended up being the best of his career, as Dunbar finished with 115 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 pass break ups, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
Dunbar made a name for himself in his rookie season with an incredible pancake block against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, which helped then return specialist Reggie Bush run back a punt for a touchdown.
Unfortunately for Dunbar, the NFL suspended him for the first four games of the 2013 season due to a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He was released from the team, but re-signed on October 1, 2013. He’s a good veteran presence to plug in should the Saints need his services.
The Saints also tried out defensive back Brandon Dixon on Thursday, as per Pro Football Talk. Brandon is the twin brother to current cornerback Brian Dixon, and has been on five separate squads since entering the league in 2014 as a 6th round draft pick by the New York Jets.
UPDATE: The Saints signed Dunbar to the active roster, per The Advocate‘s Nick Underhill.