NFC South: Quincy Butler

Saints put two RBs on injured reserve

September, 2, 2011
It looks like running back Joique Bell, who has been one of the stars of the preseason for the New Orleans Saints, will make the 53-man roster.

That’s not definite yet, but Bell’s chances increased considerably Friday night as the Saints made some roster moves at running back. They placed Chris Ivory and Patrick Cobbs on injured reserve.

That leaves Bell with a chance to be a backup and special-teams player in a backfield that also includes Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.

Wide receiver Joe Morgan, another preseason star, was placed on injured reserve along with safety Paul Oliver. Defensive end Greg Romeus was placed on the non-football injured list.

The Saints terminated the contracts of tackle Jordan Black, safety Quincy Butler, tackle George Foster, tight end Tory Humphrey, cornerback Trumaine McBride, safety Pierson Prioleau, safety Chris Reis and fullback Chris Taylor.

The Saints also placed receiver Montez Billings, defensive tackle Dexter Larimore, tight end Tyler Lorenzen and linebacker Dwight Roberson on waivers.

Hitting the NFC South links

August, 19, 2011
Let's catch up on the headlines around the NFC South.

The Falcons have reached an injury settlement with tight end Justin Peelle. This one’s no surprise. Peelle injured his knee and the Falcons signed veteran Reggie Kelly a few days ago to fill the role as the blocking tight end. Tony Gonzalez remains the starter and will be used mostly as a pass-catcher. Kelly is considered a strong blocker and should get lots of playing time. Michael Palmer has had a nice camp and could be in the mix for some playing time.

The Saints added some cornerback depth by signing Quincy Butler. They’ve had some injury problems at the position throughout camp, with Tracy Porter, Fabian Washington and Johnny Patrick each missing some time.

Joe Henderson puts Tampa Bay’s ugly loss to New England in proper perspective. There were plenty of negatives on both sides of the ball. But, really, preseason games don’t mean very much. I seem to recall the Bucs having some pretty good preseasons under Sam Wyche and the Panthers doing the same under George Seifert and it didn’t come close to translating into regular-season success.

Scott Fowler has an overview of what undoubtedly will be the most important game throughout the NFC South this preseason. It’s Carolina at Miami. Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen are competing for the right to be the starting quarterback in the regular season. One way or another, this thing is going to sort itself out Friday night.



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