New Orleans Saints sign linebacker Mike Mohamed, per report

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The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Mike Mohamed, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Mohamed played for the Denver Broncos in 2011 after being selected in the sixth round out of the University of California.  He bounced between practice squads in Denver, Jacksonville and Baltimore before signing with the Houston Texans in 2013.

Since 2011, he has accumulated a total of 71 combined tackles and an interception.  After several moves Tuesday, including the releases of fullback Austin Johnson and defensive back Sammy Seamster, the New Orleans Saints had a spot open on their 53-man roster.

Both Dannell Ellerbe (hip) and David Hawthorne (hamstring) are battling injuries, but the severity of each is unknown.  The Saints were very thin at the linebacker position Sunday against the New York Giants without the two.

Since returning from a toe injury suffered in preseason, Ellerbe has been a big impact player on the defensive side of the ball for New Orleans, racking up 27 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in three games.  Losing him for extended time would be a huge blow to the defense.  He missed 15 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2014 due to a hip injury, so it is a bit concerning to see him listed on the injury report with hip issues.

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Hawthorne, who has struggled at times this year, has been less productive in more games, so his absence wouldn’t be as big of a letdown as Ellerbe’s.  We’ll know more as the week progresses, but the signing of Mike Mohamed could simply be to fill the empty spot on the roster.  The New Orleans Saints return to practice Wednesday in preparations for Sunday’s home meeting with the Tennessee Titans.

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