METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints placed linebacker Parys Haralson on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle and released backup safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on Tuesday. They officially announced the addition of veteran safety Jordan Pugh. And they also promoted rookie linebacker Rufus Johnson from the practice squad.
Haralson will be missed -- especially in run defense against the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran has been a solid addition as a part-time starter since the Saints acquired him in a preseason trade with the San Francisco 49ers, with 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Veteran Will Herring is his primary backup, though backup Ramon Humber could also see playing time. Or the Saints could spend more time in their three-safety package, which they feature often.
Abdul-Quddus has been a backup safety for three years, with four career starts, and a core special teams player. His role diminished this year with the emergence of young safeties like Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush, and he was inactive the last two weeks.
Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said it was tough for Abdul-Quddus’ longtime teammates to see him go after he had been part of the “room” for so long. But Jenkins said everyone understands the business side of the game.
Johnson, a sixth-round pick from Tarleton State, showed impressive athleticism as a pass rusher in training camp. He could potentially contribute on special teams Saturday.
The Saints added linebacker Vic So'oto to the practice squad to replace Johnson.