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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Saints' injured list continues to grow

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

If you want to know one reason why the Saints are 6-6, take a look at their injured reserve list.

As of now, it contains either 14 or 15 guys, depending on how you want to calculate it. Safety Kevin Kaesviharn was added Thursday. Defensive end Charles Grant, who is waiting for a federal hearing Friday on his four-game league suspension is on the reserve-suspended list, but he had been on injured reserve for several weeks.

With either 14 or 15 guys on the injured reserve list, the Saints are way ahead of the league average, which is 7.7 players. Only the Cincinnati Bengals (16) currently have more players on injured reserve. Baltimore has 14 and Seattle, New England and Denver have 11 each. By comparison, the teams with the fewest injured reserve players are Arizona with two and Philadelphia and Carolina with three each.

With Kaesviharn out, the Saints likely will turn to Josh Bullocks as the starter at free safety.