Saints’ Jenkins, Rooks start on injury lists

July, 21, 2014
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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins and outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu were placed on the PUP list (physically unable to perform) Monday. Rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks was placed on the non-football injury list and undrafted rookie defensive tackle Moses McCray was waived.

The injured players can come off of those lists at any time, so there is no indication of how long any of them will be sidelined.

The Saints have not revealed any details on any of the injuries, though the NFL Network reported this summer that Jenkins underwent a minor pectoral surgery. According to that report, Jenkins was expected to be healthy in time for training camp. It’s possible the Saints are just taking a cautious start with him.

Ozougwu was also sidelined with an unspecified injury during organized team activities. Rooks, a sixth-round draft pick from Kansas State, was healthy during OTAs. The nature of his injury is unknown.

It’s also worth noting that Saints safety Jairus Byrd and receiver Joe Morgan were not placed on the PUP list Monday after they were sidelined by injuries throughout OTAs and minicamp. It’s still possible that players could be added to the list this week, however, if they don’t pass physicals when they report to training camp on Thursday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

As I reported earlier Monday, Byrd’s recovery from minor back surgery has gone as expected this summer, according to a league source. He is expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp, though it’s unknown if he will be limited when the Saints begin practicing on Friday.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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