After he cleared waivers, the New Orleans Saints placed defensive end Greg Romeus on the Injured Reserve list on Monday.
This comes only three days after the Saints decided to waive the injury-prone player whose past few football seasons have been consumed by rehabilitation. Once Romeus cleared waivers after no other teams put in a claim for him, the Saints opted to retain their 2011 seventh-round pick out of Pitt.
Once considered an elite college pass-rusher, Romeus was shelved during his senior season at Pitt after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He spent the whole year rehabbing the knee, hoping that he would get his shot at the NFL once it was back to full health. The rehab continued throughout the 2011 season as Romeus spent the whole year watching his Saints teammates from the sidelines.
Romeus had put in the time and appeared ready to make his long-awaited return during the Saints’ 2012 campaign.
And then the 2012 offseason rolled around and yet again Romeus fell victim to a devastating knee injury. During Saints’ OTAs, the young defensive end tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee, bringing another season to a premature end.
Despite another crushing setback for Romeus, the Saints aren’t yet ready to give up on their once-promising player. The Saints have expressed confidence in Romeus and said that they will continue to give their full support in helping him return to the football field.
Even though no other teams decided to inherit Romeus and his frail knees when his name scrolled across the waiver wire, the Saints will wait patiently knowing the potential that he carries as a pass-rushing expert.
It might be awhile before we ever see Romeus hit the field for the Saints, but the upside he possesses will make it well worth the wait.