Unexpected arrivals on the Saints' 53-man roster going into week one of the NFL 2011 regular season include a familiar face, a street free agent aftethought, an undrafted rookie from Fordham, and a new 41-year old starter.
WR Adrian Arrington, whose practice squad eligibility is exhausted and his training camp performance limited by injury. A seventh round pick in 2008, Arrington made an immediate impact as a rookie, lighting up training camp and preseason until a turf toe injury ended his rookie season. Then, a hamstring injury scuttled his chance in 2009, and in 2010 Arrington made the team but was bounced on and off the roster. Aided by the groin injury to Lance Moore, Arrington is expected to be active on the roster on Thursday night and ready to play as the fourth wide receiver.
RB Joique Bell, added late last season when the Saints' runningbacks were dropping like flies. But Bell capitalized on Chris Ivory's absense and was a preseason star for the Saints, finishing 6th in preseason rushing yardage despite missing preseason game two with a knee injury. Running with a knee brace, Bell rushed for 130 yards in the final two games, a 5.9 yard/carry average.
Rookie strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, an undrafted signing a little more than a month ago out of Fordham, made the team after strong special teams work. Benefiting from a lot of playing time in preseason, Abdul-Quddus wears Darren Sharper's #42 jersey.
John Kasay, who was four years into the league when he became one of the inaugural members of the Carolina Panthers, is on the roster as the team's second kicker. The severity of Garrett Hartley's hip injury, suffered on an extra point in the Saints' third preseason game, hasn't been officially been announced by Sean Payton. Kasay may be the Saints' kicker for up to two months into the regular season.
The Saints named their first practice squad, a list of names likely to change each week throughout the season. The initial list: LB Nate Bussey, QB Sean Canfield, TE Michael Higgins, CB Terrail Lambert, DT Swanson Miller, LS Kyle Nelson, C Cecil Newton and WR Andy Tanner.