When the New Orleans Saints drafted defensive end Greg Romeus in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, it seemed like they had gotten a steal. Romeus possessed plenty of potential but had several red flags wrapped around his injury-prone knees.
After spending the entire 2011 season on the Injured Reserve list while rehabbing a right ACL tear that he suffered his senior year at Pitt, it looked like Romeus was ready for a breakout season as part of Saints’ defensive end rotation. That was until the former Panthers pass-rush specialist fell victim to yet another knee injury.
During Saints OTAs this offseason, Romeus tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, bringing a disheartening end to a season that hadn’t even begun for the once-promising defensive end.
This latest injury has led to the Saints deciding to waive Romeus. As long as he clears waivers, the Saints will be able to add Romeus to the Injured Reserve list as he begins another NFL season full of rehab.
With yet another season down the drain due to a knee injury, the outlook on Romeus’ future as an NFL player has grown even bleaker. Unless he can find a way to bounce back from yet another major knee injury, it’s likely that his playing days could be over. It’s a sad way to see life play out for such a promising young talent.
Taking Romeus’ place on the 90-man roster is linebacker Donavan Robinson.
A 6’3’’, 250-pound undrafted rookie out of Jackson State, Robinson spent part of the offseason with the New York Jets but failed to stick. He was a productive linebacker throughout his college career who could push for a spot on the Saints’ practice squad.