Saints make it official on McKenzie's return

November, 23, 2009
11/23/09
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As we reported earlier Monday, the New Orleans Saints were closing in on a deal to bring back veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie. That’s now been finalized.

The Saints just sent out the official announcement of the deal. The Saints placed cornerback Leigh Torrence on injured reserve to make room for McKenzie.

A 10-year veteran, McKenzie was a fan favorite when he played for the Saints from 2004 through 2008. With the Saints, McKenzie started 62 of the 63 games he played in and had 12 interceptions and 225 tackles.

Her suffered major knee injuries in each of last two seasons and, at 33, it appeared his career was over. But McKenzie continued to work out on his own and when the Saints began a run of injuries at cornerback, they got back in touch with their former player. Besides Torrence, the Saints played without starters Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter on Sunday and were forced to start rookie Malcolm Jenkins and veteran Randall Gay, who had to leave the game with what he said was a hamstring injury.

The Saints also added veteran cornerback Chris McAlister last week. There is hope Greer, Porter and Gay will be able to play against New England next Monday, but coach Sean Payton said he wouldn’t have a clear picture on all the injuries until later in the week.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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