New Orleans Saints: Glenn Foster

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints placed backup defensive end Glenn Foster on injured reserve Monday, ending his season with a knee injury.

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The Saints also re-signed veteran tight end Tom Crabtree and waived linebacker Todd Davis -- reversing the transaction they made Saturday. They still have one roster spot vacant after the moves.

Foster was injured during the Saints' 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The exact nature of the injury is unknown, though it was obviously significant enough to place him on IR.

Although the second-year pro had just one tackle and no sacks this year, he'll be missed as a rotational pass-rusher. Last year, Foster had three sacks as an undrafted rookie out of Illinois. He was averaging about 12 snaps per game this season, sometimes playing in a four-end pass-rush formation.

The Saints' entire defensive line has struggled to generate the same kind of pass rush as they did last year, so it hurts to lose any player that could have been a possible asset. They still have decent depth at defensive end, though, with starters Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks and backups Tyrunn Walker and end/tackle Brandon Deaderick. So it's unclear if they'll look to replace Foster with another end or look to add a player elsewhere on the roster.

As for the Crabtree/Davis move, it's hard to speculate on why the Saints wanted Crabtree back. He was presumably signed as insurance two weeks ago after starter Jimmy Graham suffered a shoulder injury, but he was released when it became clear that Graham could play (30 snaps in a limited role Sunday). So maybe he's still Graham insurance, or maybe the Saints liked enough of what they saw to potentially use him as an extra tight end and special teamer.

Davis was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday because the Saints were thin at linebacker with backups Ramon Humber and Kyle Knox both sidelined by ankle injuries. Perhaps the Saints are optimistic that one or both will be able to return. Davis will likely be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton didn't offer updates on any of the various injuries that piled up for the New Orleans Saints during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

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But cornerback Keenan Lewis insisted, "I'll be ready," without getting into any of the specifics of what knocked him out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Payton said after the game it was hamstring and cramping issues.

The Saints certainly hope Lewis will be back this week, since they'll need their top corner more than ever Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and their dynamic passing offense.

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The nature of running back Pierre Thomas' injury remains unknown. He appeared to be in pain as he punched the ground and lay there for a couple minutes as trainers tended to him in the third quarter after a hard hit to his left arm/shoulder area. But Thomas got up soon after and sat on the bench before later walking into the locker room with a medical staff member.

Center Jonathan Goodwin left via a cart with an unspecified leg injury. The severity is unknown, but Goodwin and teammates reacted on the field as though it might be significant before he was helped off the field by trainers.

Defensive end Glenn Foster was also ruled out of the game with a knee injury and was later seen on crutches. Nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley was ruled out after being tested for a possible concussion. And receiver Kenny Stills was sidelined on two separate occasions for undisclosed reasons. He mentioned afterward that he was ill, but it's unclear if that's the only issue he was dealing with.

Saints' Week 2 snap counts

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A look at the New Orleans Saints’ snap counts in their 26-24 loss at the Cleveland Browns in Week 2:

OFFENSE (70 snaps)
Quarterback: Drew Brees 70
Running back: Pierre Thomas 26, Mark Ingram 20, Khiry Robinson 14, Travaris Cadet 11
Fullback: Austin Johnson 22
Receiver: Brandin Cooks 55, Marques Colston 41, Robert Meachem 29, Kenny Stills 29
Tight end: Jimmy Graham 56, Benjamin Watson 34, Josh Hill 13
Offensive tackle: Terron Armstead 70, Zach Strief 70
Guard: Jahri Evans 70, Ben Grubbs 70
Center: Jonathan Goodwin 70

Thoughts: The one player that stands out on this list is Colston, who played 14 fewer snaps than Cooks while being targeted zero times and catching zero passes for the first time since 2008. I’m not sure what exactly limited Colston's snaps. But obviously the Saints adjusted their game plan to be more run-heavy as the game went along (also evidenced by fullback Johnson’s 22 snaps).

DEFENSE (75 snaps)
Cornerback: Keenan Lewis 74, Corey White 65, Patrick Robinson 55
Safety: Jairus Byrd 75, Kenny Vaccaro 75, Rafael Bush 5
Outside linebacker: Junior Galette 70, Parys Haralson 25, Kasim Edebali 5
Inside linebacker: Curtis Lofton 75, David Hawthorne 54, Ramon Humber 24
Defensive end: Cameron Jordan 66, Akiem Hicks 48, Tyrunn Walker 23
Defensive tackle: Brandon Deaderick 35, Brodrick Bunkley 30, John Jenkins 21

Thoughts: Hawthorne left the game with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Humber. I’m not sure of the severity or whether it will limit Hawthorne going forward. But that is an area where the Saints do have plenty of depth with Humber and Haralson both able to fill in if needed. ... This week it was defensive end Glenn Foster's turn to be the odd man out on the defensive line. Foster was inactive, while the Saints added Jenkins back into their lineup. It’s interesting to see that Deaderick has passed up both of those guys in the pecking order, though. Deaderick is useful as a versatile end/tackle. ... Bush played even less snaps than last week as the Saints have clearly made a switch to their nickel package from last season, using three corners instead of three safeties. White began the game as that nickel back but switched places with Robinson after Robinson struggled early. Obviously the Saints will revisit their secondary plans this week after having issues in both losses.

Saints Camp Report: Day 10

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New Orleans Saints training camp:
  • Time for your daily Brandin Cooks highlight reel: The Saints' dynamic rookie receiver had two nifty catches in Tuesday's practice. He burned cornerback Trevin Wade with a sharp cut for a big gain on a screen pass. And he caught a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Luke McCown. ... Normally, rookies have to adjust to the “speed of the NFL game.” But Cooks was asked whether he feels like he's reversing that trend and making defenders adjust to his speed. “Well, I have to use my strengths to my advantage, and that's my speed. As far as the speed of the game, it's not that much different to me,” Cooks said. “But how smart people are, that's the different part from college to the NFL. That's where you have to work on your game.”
  • It's been Corey White's turn to stand out in the Saints' cornerback carousel this week. The third-year pro has now had interceptions on back-to-back days after snagging a Ryan Griffin pass that was intended for Brandon Coleman on Tuesday. White also had an impressive pass break-up against QB Luke McCown on a pass intended for tight end Jimmy Graham. At different times this summer, both Champ Bailey and Patrick Robinson have stood out. But the physical White remains very much in that mix for either the No. 2 cornerback job or a prominent role in nickel/dime packages -- even though he went through some highs and lows as a replacement starter last year. “We really like him,” Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “We love him as an inside corner, but he has done some good things outside as well. We're excited about him. He started for us down the stretch and did a really good job in those games. We know he's an ascending player and he's going to be really good.”
  • Third-year guard Marcel Jones got an extended audition with the first-string offense Tuesday after starting right guard Jahri Evans left practice for an undisclosed reason. Jones did most of the work in team drills -- though backup Jason Weaver also took a turn. I didn't notice anything extraordinarily good or bad from Jones in Tuesday's practice. But he has impressed me at times during camp, and he has tackle/guard versatility, which is why I bumped him up onto my projected 53-man roster earlier this week. If Jones gets an extended look with the starters, it could certainly help make or break his chances.
  • Second-year defensive end Glenn Foster is another guy who has stood out to me a handful of times in team and individual drills throughout camp. He missed Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury. But he was back in pads Tuesday and didn't look like he missed a beat.
  • The Saints are scheduled to have another full practice day on Wednesday (8:50 a.m. ET practice followed by 4:30 p.m. walk-through). Then they'll be off Thursday as they travel to St. Louis for Friday night's preseason opener against the Rams.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Quarterback Drew Brees remained sidelined by a left oblique strain during the New Orleans Saints' practice on Monday. But coach Sean Payton described Brees as "day to day" and said the injury is not something that should jeopardize the start of the regular season.

"We'll make sure it's something that can't get aggravated again," Payton said. "When you look at what he does, on a daily basis with regards to torqueing his chest throwing the football, you've just got to be smart it's calmed down. So we'll see day to day. It's the type of thing, though, if you try to all of a sudden force it back, you re-aggravate it. So we'll treat it day to day."

Brees watched from the sideline throughout Monday's practice, then he joined teammates for cool-down runs and signed autographs for the fans.

“I just tweaked my oblique a little bit,” Brees told the NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk. “I’m kind of day-to-day. It’s certainly not something I want to rush back too quickly from because it could be problematic. I want to make sure I am good to go and we’re still in early August here. I am chomping at the bit. I don’t like sitting out. I don’t like watching. I don’t like not playing in the scrimmage or potentially not playing in a preseason game. (Being cautious) is what I have to do.”

It's unclear if Brees will be available for Friday night's preseason opener at the St. Louis Rams. But it seems likely the Saints will consider resting him for that game if they're taking a cautious approach.

The Saints' injury list was longer Monday than it's been at any point in training camp -- not surprising in the aftermath of Saturday's scrimmage.

Fullback Erik Lorig and linebacker Victor Butler were not present at practice, though Payton declined to specify whether their absences were injury-related. Lorig was seen leaving the scrimmage early with an apparent injury.

Cornerback Champ Bailey remained out of practice with an undisclosed injury, but he did make his first appearance on the sidelined since he was injured, spending some time on the stationary bike.

Defensive end Glenn Foster, tight end Je'Ron Hamm and offensive lineman Jason Weaver were new additions to the injury list with unspecified injuries. They watched from the sidelined during practice.

Guard Ben Grubbs, defensive tackle John Jenkins, cornerback Terrence Frederick, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe and receiver Steve Hull remained sidelined.

Safety Jairus Byrd remained out of full-team drills but did everything else. Receiver Kenny Stills caught some passes but wasn't in full pads.
A position-by-position look at the New Orleans Saints' draft needs, ranked in order of importance from 1-12:

Current depth chart:

DE Cameron Jordan, signed through 2015

DE Akiem Hicks, signed through 2015

NT Brodrick Bunkley, signed through 2016

NT John Jenkins, signed through 2016

DE Glenn Foster, scheduled to become restricted free agent in 2016

DE Tyrunn Walker, scheduled to become RFA in 2015

Draft possibilities: This is another position like safety where I don't see the Saints investing a premium pick unless they have an especially high grade on a certain prospect. They're already loaded with defensive line talent for both the short and long term. Jordan is a Pro Bowler. Hicks could join him someday soon. And Jenkins also has the potential to be a standout starter for years to come.

New Orleans also has good depth with veteran Bunkley and young backups Foster and Walker. ... It wouldn't be a shock to see them add a lineman at some point in the draft, because they do rotate so many bodies at the tackle and end positions. It's just not a position that they need to reach to fill.

I stuck with just the interior linemen for purposes of this list. I'll have a separate category later on outside linebackers -- including hybrid DE/OLBs like Junior Galette. I could definitely see the Saints adding an edge rusher like that in this year's draft.

Previous entries:

No. 12 Kicker/punter

No. 11 Quarterback

No. 10 Running back

No. 9 Safety
A position-by-position look at where the New Orleans Saints stand heading into the 2014 offseason -- ranked from 1-12 in order of the team’s need for upgrades or replacements.

Current depth chart:

Akiem Hicks. Age 24, signed through 2015. 2014 salary and bonuses: $582,500. 2014 salary-cap number: $718,225.

Brodrick Bunkley. Age 30, signed through 2016. 2014 salary and bonuses: $4.5 million. 2014 salary-cap number: $6.1 million.

John Jenkins. Age 24, signed through 2016. 2014 salary and bonuses: $515,000. 2014 salary-cap number: $656,890.

Tom Johnson. Age 29, restricted free agent.

Glenn Foster. Age 23, scheduled to become restricted free agent in 2016. 2014 salary and bonuses: $495,000. 2014 salary-cap number: $497,333.

Tyrunn Walker. Age 23, scheduled to become restricted free agent in 2015. 2014 salary and bonuses: $570,000. 2014 salary-cap number: $571,000.

Kenyon Coleman. Age 34, unrestricted free agent.

Analysis:

Since the Saints run a hybrid between a 3-4 and 4-3, I decided to label the guys up front as either interior linemen or edge rushers. And I think this particular group is in good shape going forward.

Bunkley’s future is uncertain since he’s due to make so much money and since he shares time at the nose tackle spot with promising 2013 rookie Jenkins. Based on my weekly film studies, I believe Bunkley was playing better down the stretch of this past season than any other point in his two years with the Saints. He’s a very strong and stout run defender. But I think it would take a pay cut to keep him in New Orleans.

Even if Bunkley leaves, I think this position is in good shape. Hicks is an outstanding young talent, with a great combination of power and athleticism. He could be playing at a Pro Bowl level sooner than later. And you can pencil in Hicks and Jenkins as starters (in a 3-4 or 4-3).

Foster and Walker are solid young backups with a potential to be even better as they continue to develop. Johnson is also a reliable backup if the Saints decide to bring him back as a restricted free agent. And they could add a veteran backup at an affordable price if needed -- perhaps bringing back Coleman, who missed all of last season on injured reserve.

I’m not saying the Saints will cross this position off their draft list completely. If the highest-graded player on their board in Round 1 is a defensive tackle, they’ll probably take him and trust that innovative defensive coordinator Rob Ryan can find a good use for him. … It just won’t be a “must-fill” spot this offseason.

Saints' Bunkley, Foster practice fully

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METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley (back) and Glenn Foster (knee) both practiced fully Friday after steadily increasing their workload throughout the week. They are officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

Bunkley, who is the only starter on the Saints’ injury report this week, seems likely to play based on his practice workload. Foster might be more of a question mark since he missed two full weeks before returning to practice this week.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), safety Rafael Bush (ankle) and tight end Josh Hill (hamstring) did not practice Friday and haven’t practiced all week. They are listed as questionable but appear to be long shots to play.

Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (nose) is listed as questionable after practicing fully Thursday and Friday.
The New Orleans Saints’ injury report shrunk a bit on Thursday. Only three players remained out of practice – linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), safety Rafael Bush (ankle) and tight end Josh Hill (hamstring).

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (back) returned to practice on a limited basis. Defensive lineman Glenn Foster (knee) remained limited. And offensive tackle Terron Armstead (nose) returned to full participation.

If Bunkley is able to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, the Saints would have all 22 projected starters available.
METAIRIE, La. -- Five players were held out of the New Orleans Saints' first practice of the week Wednesday, but there is only one starter on the list -- defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (back).

Also held out of team drills were linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), safety Rafael Bush (ankle), tight end Josh Hill (hamstring) and offensive tackle Terron Armstead (nose).

Meanwhile, backup defensive end Glenn Foster (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the last two games. Everyone else practiced fully.

Overall, that's a pretty solid injury report for a team this late in the season as it prepares for a Week 15 trip to St. Louis.
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday, increasing the chances that he may be able to play Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Four other Saints were held out of team drills Thursday: defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (ankle), defensive end Glenn Foster (knee), outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf) and safety Rafael Bush (ankle).

This was the Saints' first practice of the week since they moved their normal schedule back by one day following the Monday night game, so it's still too early to predict whether any of those players has a chance to play Sunday. The good news is that the Saints should have enough depth to absorb the losses of those defensive players, if needed.

As for the Saints' condensed practice week, coach Sean Payton insisted Thursday that he doesn't think it will be a big adjustment for the team to move everything back a day. The team treated Thursday's schedule exactly like a normal Wednesday. And they'll do the same each of the next two days.

The only significant difference will be holding a longer practice than usual Saturday -- the day before a game. But Payton said that's not a big deal since that last practice of the week is usually light. Plus, the Saints have extra time in the week with a Sunday night game.

Asked about the fact that everyone in the NFL is a "creature of habit," Payton responded: "We are creatures of habit. So today's Wednesday."
METAIRIE, La. – Although the New Orleans Saints didn’t practice on Wednesday, they were required to submit a projected injury report. Five players were listed as “Did Not Practice” – offensive tackle Zach Strief (ankle), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (ankle), defensive end Glenn Foster (knee), outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf) and safety Rafael Bush (ankle).

Strief left Monday night’s game early because of the ankle injury and was limping noticeably on his way back to the locker room. But after the game he said he’s optimistic he won’t be out long.

“We’ll see,” Strief said Monday night. “I’m not a guy that has to be 100 percent; I’m a bad enough athlete. I think it scared me a good bit on the field, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.”

Strief will certainly be missed if he can't play Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. But second-year backup Bryce Harris has gotten a decent amount of experience as a fill-in and extra blocker this season, and should be capable of stepping up to fill the void.

Bunkley and Bush are new to the injury report this week. The severity of their injuries is unknown. Foster and Dawson were held out of Monday’s game with their injuries.
METAIRIE, La. -- Only two New Orleans Saints players are listed as questionable heading into Monday night's game at the Seattle Seahawks -- defensive end Glenn Foster (knee) and outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf).

Everyone else practiced fully on Friday, including running back Darren Sproles (ankle), guard Jahri Evans (ankle) and cornerback Chris Carr (hip/hamstring) -- all three of whom are listed as probable.

I don't think there's any doubt that Sproles and Evans will play after practicing fully all week. Both players were held out of last Thursday's 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but the extra rest appeared to do them good.

Foster seems like a long shot to play Monday after missing practice all week with the injury he suffered against the Falcons. Dawson was new to the injury report on Friday, and the severity of his injury is unknown.

No changes to Saints' injury report

November, 29, 2013
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METAIRIE, La. -- There were no changes to the New Orleans Saints’ injury report on Friday. Running back Darren Sproles (ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) fully participated. Backup defensive end Glenn Foster (knee) was held out. And cornerback Chris Carr (hip, hamstring) was limited.

Sproles and Evans were both held out of last week’s Thursday night game against the Atlanta Falcons after suffering injuries two weeks ago. But obviously the Saints’ decision to rest them paid off. The Saints beat Atlanta 17-13. And now both Sproles and Evans have had extra time to heal up for Monday night’s critical NFC showdown on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s hard to (sit out). But that’s what they thought would be best,” Sproles said. “Knowing that we’ve got a big game coming up this week. And they thought it would’ve been too early for me to go back out there and play Thursday night, and then I mess around and hurt it worse than it was.”

Sproles could be a key weapon Monday for the Saints, who might want to rely on a short-range passing attack considering the possible weather conditions and the opponent. Seattle has one of the league’s top defenses when it comes to both rushing the passer and covering receivers down the field.

Saints' Sproles, Evans practice fully

November, 28, 2013
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had an injury report to be thankful for on Thursday. Running back Darren Sproles (ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) practiced fully after missing last Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints' offense should be as healthy as it has been all season for Monday's critical NFC showdown at the Seattle Seahawks.

Obviously the extra time following a Thursday night game did the Saints some good. The only player who missed practice Thursday was backup defensive end Glenn Foster (knee). Backup cornerback Chris Carr was limited with hip and hamstring injuries. Everyone else practiced fully.

Foster has been one of the most pleasant surprises on the Saints this year, having a standout season with three sacks as an undrafted rookie out of Illinois. But the Saints will have plenty of depth on the defensive line even if Foster can’t play against the Seahawks. Starters Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks are having terrific seasons, and backup ends Tom Johnson and Tyrunn Walker have both been solid in small doses. Walker has been a healthy inactive the past couple weeks since recovering from his own knee injury.

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