January 20, 2010

Saints promote Arrington and more notes

Arrington promoted: The Saints have added WR Adrian Arrington after minor injuries to WR Robert Meachem and WR Devery Henderson arose. Neither player has been ruled out of Sunday's NFC Championship game.

Arrington was a seventh round pick of the Saints in 2008, the 237th overall, two drafts after the Saints added WR Marques Colston in the seventh round. Lightning appeared to have struck twice with Arrington, who had a dazzling training camp, outplaying 2007 first round pick Robert Meachem who at the time was still struggling to adjust. Arrington doesn't possess great speed but runs good routes and has a knack for making an unbelievable catch.

But a turf toe injury sidelined Arrington for his rookie season, then a hamstring tear in early August ruined his 2009 training camp.

Now healthy and having been a member of the Saints' practice squad, the former Michigan star promoted to the 53-man roster for the first time in his NFL career. He may not dress for this Sunday's game, that would likely require Meachem or Henderson to sit.

To replace Arrington on the practice squad, the Saints signed rookie former LSU defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, a native of Gretna, Louisiana. Favorite signed with the Panthers after not being drafted in the 2009 draft.

Deuce to serve as honorary captain: Newly-retired RB Deuce McAllister, who was an inactive member of the Saints' 53-man roster last week, will continue to serve as an honorary team captain.

Penalty woes: According to Football Outsiders, no Saint appeared in their list of the most penalized players this season.

Three Vikings, QB Brett Favre, rookie RT Phil Loadholt and starting DE Ray Edwards made the list. Edwards is tied for the lead for the most penalties called on a defensive player, nine.

Injury notes: Missing practice on Wednesday were: CB Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), WR Robert Meachem (ankle), FS Darren Sharper (resting), TE Jeremy Shockey (knee). None have been ruled out, all were precautionary decisions.

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