Saints add a safety ahead of trip to Seattle


The Saints fear they’ve lost linebacker Parys Haralson for the season because of a torn pectoral and cornerback Keenan Lewis was knocked out of Saturday’s victory over the Eagles with a concussion, a pair of injuries that have led the team to add a defensive body before they travel to Seattle this weekend.

Safety Jordan Pugh tweeted that he signed with the Saints and the Baton Rouge Advocate confirmed the signing with Pugh’s agent. There’s been no official announcement or corresponding roster move, although Haralson will likely be placed on injured reserve if his injury is what the Saints expect.

Pugh played four games with the Redskins this season, but was released in late October. Pugh recorded one tackle and one interception of Peyton Manning before getting his walking papers.

He played 13 regular season games for Washington in 2012 and also saw action in their playoff loss to the Seahawks, which means this weekend’s game will be his second postseason date with Seattle in as many years.

10 responses to “Saints add a safety ahead of trip to Seattle

  1. WOw that is unheard of. Oh, sorry its unheard of for Ted Thompson. He will just plug some moron from the practice squad in to fill a hole and save a dime or two. No way he goes out and gets talent and experience because that costs money.

  2. I don’t see how they keep Lewis out of this game. There’s no rule that you have to sit out the next week if you get a concussion. He’s tougher than Wes Welker.

  3. okay genius, but there is a rule sting that said player must pass a battery of cognitive thinking tests after concussion before entering play again. its not about how tough a guy is , its how well the brain is doing after the blow it just took.

  4. He has to pass the concussion protocol the week following the concussion. If he passes the tests he can play if he doesn’t he can’t. It’s that simple.

  5. It’s not about if someone is soft. It is about whether they can pass the NFL’s Concussion Protocol:

    Every head injury is different and there is no definitive timetable for each. However, this is the basic template for assessing and managing player concussions based on the latest recommendations from the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

    NFL regulations require a player diagnosed with a possible concussion to leave the field for the locker room. Medical personnel remain with the player for the remainder of the game. Team physicians determine whether the player’s condition is stable enough to send him home — with instructions that include physical and cognitive rest, avoiding certain medications and alcohol, and a plan for follow up care including phone numbers to call if there are any questions or concerns.


    The initial treatment is rest, and the team doctors and athletic trainers begin monitoring to see when a player appears to have returned to baseline functioning. Do symptoms return when a player watches practice or when he watches film? Is there return of symptoms with physical activity?

    Once symptoms have completely subsided, the player again performs more comprehensive neuropsychological tests interpreted by the team neuropsychologist. There are no pass-fail grades, only additional data for physicians to consider.

    If the player is progressing, he would be become eligible for increased physical activity. The workouts would ramp up over a few days if no symptoms occur.

    A player feeling normal one day after the game might pass cognitive testing Tuesday and begin a light exercise program, intensify their exercise routine Wednesday, participate in non-contact aspects of practice on Thursday and return to full practice Friday. But if a player has a history of concussions or isn’t progressing as quickly as planned, the process moves accordingly.

    The medical team increases the exercise regimen to full speed as the player proves he can handle the escalation without incident. Some teams stage controlled contact drills featuring, for example, one lineman blocking another the way they would in an unpadded practice.

    “The thing that I think is important here is you don’t manage concussions by a calendar,” Dr. Herring said. “Some guys may come back in a week. Some guys may come back in six weeks. These steps don’t have an expiration date on them. The player’s history of injury and other issues come into play.”

    Once a team doctor signs off on a player’s return, the player is evaluated in person by an unaffiliated concussion expert physician approved by both the NFL and NFL Players Association. This unaffiliated expert also must sign off on the player’s health before he is allowed to return to play.

    “The thinking is that we have done our best work, but an automatic second opinion is built in,” Herring said. “We’ve never had a disagreement, but I would welcome it if we did because we could learn from it. This is a trust issue. We need assurances there is no rush to return to play for any reason.”

  6. and…….the tests take time to administer, so hence the pick up. This seems like the right move by them. Looking forward to seeing the game.

  7. Sucks that their secondary is a bit depleted, that might open the game up if Harvin plays(don’t hold your breathe). Can’t wait this is going to be an awesome game, good luck Saints…GO HAWKS!!

  8. they’ve lost linebacker Parys Haralson for the season…’

    Their ‘season’ ends this week end
    They won’t get by Seattle

    It’ll SF at Seattle for the NFC Championship

  9. yeah I saw that.
    The final decision isn’t “his”, he’ll need to be cleared still. Looking good for him to play though.

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