The New Orleans Saints have made some moves to shuffle their roster in the wake of some injuries. The Saints placed rookie offensive tackle Bryce Harris on the injured reserve list, ending his 2012-2013 season. In addition to moving Harris to the IR, the Saints also promoted tight end Michael Higgins to the active roster from the practice squad. Also, Higgins’ spot on the practice squad was filled by guard/tackle Ryan Lee as the Saints filled out their entire roster with all of these moves.
Harris’s injury is significant because he was the team’s third string right tackle and he had to start Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, he left that game with a leg injury and it was revealed yesterday that his season is done due to his placement on the IR. For Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Saints will have no choice but to start their fourth string right tackle, William Robinson.
Robinson was signed by the Saints on Nov. 21 and will now be thrown into the mix on Thursday night. He has not been with the team very long and he will have to prepare quickly for the game against the Falcons as he attempts to offer solid protection on the right side.
Higgins was activated to the 53-man roster in wake of tight end David Thomas’s knee injury. Thomas was limited in practice on Tuesday and he might not be available for Thursday night’s contest. Higgins will provide depth at the tight end position and will more than likely be used as an extra blocker to provide some added protection for Drew Brees.
The Saints did not blink making these roster moves because they have very limited time to prepare for the Falcons. Now that the roster is set, the Saints can focus on trying to get a win against their divisional rivals.