The Saints came up with a good way to maintain their running back depth without losing any players.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Chris Ivory will be placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the year, making him ineligible for the first six weeks of the season. He has been recovering from foot surgery and a sports hernia.
Rookie Mark Ingram, veteran Pierre Thomas, and Darren Sproles make up the top three spots at the position. Ivory’s injury may allow Joique Bell to make the roster. Bell was not on the initial list of cuts obtained by the Picayune.
They report the following players were let go: T Jordan Black, S Quincy Butler, T George Foster, TE Tory Humphrey, CB Trumaine McBride, S Pierson Prioleau, S Chris Reis, FB Chris Taylor (from reserve/injured, injury settlement), WR Montez Billings, DT Dexter Larimore, TE Tyler Lorenzen, LB Dwight Roberson.
Humphrey is probably the biggest surprise. Reis famously recovered the team’s onside kick in the Super Bowl. Prioleau was a useful special teamer.
The team also placed running back Patrick Cobbs, wideout Joe Morgan, and safety Paul Oliver on injured reserve. Morgan looked like he could be a factor before getting hurt.
UPDATE (10:27 a.m. ET): PFT has confirmed that Ivory has indeed been placed on the reserve/PUP list.