September 27, 2011

Saints end PK Hartley's season, cut DT King as O-Line injuries mount

The Saints have extended John Kasay's tour of duty as a Saint by ending the season of PK Garrett Hartley, who suffered a hip injury in preseason.

Kasay was promptly signed after the third preseason game even though the club denied reports of the seriousness of Hartley's hip injury.

The Saints also cut DT Mitch King, who had been fourth in the defensive tackle rotation for the Saints through three games.  King notched one solo tackle and two assists in three games, and is in his second year out of Iowa.  King was on the Saints' practice squad for part of the 2010 season and signed with the Saints in January of this year.

Replacing King in the rotation is expected to be DT Tom Johnson, a CFL star who signed with the Saints in January but has not been healthy enough to play a regular season game yet.

There are so far unconfirmed reports that starting right tackle Zach Strief has been placed on injured reserve.  Strief, who suffered an apparent right leg injury in the third quarter on Sunday, was replaced by second year T Charles Brown.  Strief, 6'7, 320, 28, is in his sixth season and was the last pick of the Saints' 2006 draft class.

The new additions to replace Hartley, King or Strief are not yet known.

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