December 3, 2008

Saints Bring Back DE Ninkovich, Add S Holt

In wake of loss of McAllister and Smith, Saints add two defenders from street

After the NFL ripped open two holes in the Saints 53-man roster on Tuesday with the Starcaps suspensions of Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant, the Saints added a pair of street free agents.

Charles Grant is already on injured reserve and not on the 53-man roster. McAllister and Smith will miss the final four games of the regular season.

One of the new players is former Saint draft pick Rob Ninkovich, whose unfortunate knee injury aborted an otherwise promising rookie campaign. Undersized but tireless and athletic, Ninkovich, 24, 6'2", 252, was a fifth round pick out of Purdue in 2006 who was lost to an major knee injury in the third game of his rookie season. He bounced to Miami last year and played in four games in 2007, and played in one game for the Dolphins in 2008 after being called up from the practice squad. He was waived on November 21st.

The Saints also signed free agent journeyman safety Terrance Holt, who has played with the Lions, Cardinals in six seasons. He was released by the Panthers after preseason this past September and was a member of the Bears for 21 days ending last month. Holt, 6'2", 204, 28, has eight career interceptions and started all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2007. He hasn't appeared in a game in 2008 but has 43 career starts, most with Detroit. Holt is the younger brother of star Rams WR Torry Holt and the two operate a charitable organization together called the Holt Foundation.

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