Saints sign veteran fullback Greg Jones

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran fullback Greg Jones on Wednesday to help fill the void while starting fullback Erik Lorig is sidelined by a leg injury. The Saints haven’t offered any details on the specifics of Lorig’s injury or any projected timetable.

In the meantime Jones, 33, should be a more-than-capable replacement. The 6-foot-1, 251-pounder is a 10-year veteran who spent his first nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before spending the 2013 season with the Houston Texans. Jones has primarily served as a lead blocker in 131 career games played. But he has a total of 272 carries for 913 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career, plus 73 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns.

Last season, Jones played in all 16 games for the Texans with five starts, with a total of two rushes for 2 yards and five receptions for 34 yards.

The Saints also have young fullback Austin Johnson, a roster hopeful who spent most of last season on the practice squad.

The Saints had a roster spot open for Jones after they released three players Tuesday and signed two others.