Linebacker Morgan reinstated by NFL

Linebacker Dan Morgan, who retired last season because of injuries, was reinstated Thursday by the NFL three weeks after expressing interest about making a comeback.

Morgan, 30, signed a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and is on the Saints' roster.

Morgan had a partially torn Achilles' tendon in 2007. He had also had concussion problems throughout his career.

After sitting out last season, Morgan felt healthy enough in January to file reinstatement papers. Morgan was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and was the 11th player taken in that draft. He earned rookie of the year honors with the Panthers and earned one trip to the Pro Bowl.

The Saints signed him last season to compete for a job at outside linebacker.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.