August 30, 2010

Saints re-sign now-healthy DT Clancy

As reported by his agent two weeks ago, veteran defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy is healthy and ready to contribute after a 2009 knee injury all but erased his season.

The Saints placed Clancy on injured reserve in early November 2009 after his knee injury didn't progress well.  A training camp back injury combined with the knee injury combined to limit his playing time in 2009 to two games and two tackles.

The absence of Clancy, a sturdy but unremarkable force against the run, was a major factor why Gregg Williams decided to employ a number of three down linemen looks throughout the season.

Clancy suffered the knee injury early in the season and tried to return to practice in October, but he aggravated the injury against the Falcons as the Saints went to 7-0.

Clancy's void on the starting lineup was filled by Remi Ayodele, who played well at times. Clancy's departure to injured reserve last season opened the door for former draft pick DeMario Pressley to be activated from the practice squad.

With Sedrick Ellis firmly entrenched as a starter, the Saints are looking to improve the rotational depth at defensive tackle.  Ayodele, undersized Anthony Hargrove, Pressley, underwhelming fourth round pick Al Woods from LSU and undrafted rookie Jay Ross round out the depth chart.

Since releasing five players before the third preseason game to get down to 75, the Saints have now added two more players in Clancy and LB K.C. Asiodu, and will need to release two players to get down to the 75 man roster limit by tomorrow.

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