December 30, 2010

Saints sent Roby to IR; promote Arrington

Despite listing him as full go in a practice that never happened on Wednesday, the Saints decided to sent kick returner Courtney Roby to the season-ending injured reserve list.  He will be unavailable for the regular season finale and the playoffs.

Roby hasn't played since losing a fumble, being knocked out and spending two days in the hospital with a concussion on a kick return against the Rams on December 12. He has been replaced at kick returner by Pierre Thomas since.

A talented kick returner, Roby averaged 23.8 yards on 33 returns this year.  That was a big drop-off from last year's 27.5 yard average, good for fifth in the NFL among qualified returners.  Roby is still excellent on coverage teams and an expert at downing punts near the goal line.

In his place the Saints signed Adrian Arrington off their practice squad.  A seventh round pick of the team in 2008, Arrington has been a practice squad player since, despite a wildly successful preseason outing in 2010.  Arrington was on the Saints' 53-man roster but was inactive for the 2009-10 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLIV.

At a lanky 6'3, 192 pounds, Arrington, 25, is experienced on coverage teams and unlike Roby could be expected to contribute on offense. 

Arrington was on the Saints' 53-man roster for the first three games of the season but was not activated.  He was waived by the Saints to make room for John Carney on September 29.  Arrington joined the Saints' practice squad after that. 

In preseason 2010, Arrington had 11 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.  But his preseasons in 2008 and 2009 were cut short by injury, as has been a bad trend for the talented but rangy former Michigan Wolverine.  A turf toe injury ended his rookie season and a hamstring injury killed his chances in 2009.

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