December 18, 2012

Rookie CB White to IR; WR Hakim Signed

Rookie fifth round pick CB Corey White has been placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.  White has played in only one of the last five games, but started four games this season with the Saints in pass-heavy formations.

White earned reps ahead of second-year Johnny Patrick and veteran free agent Elbert Mack earlier in the season, and had some highlights amid massive struggles.  He collected his first career interception on a long pass by Matt Ryan, when White outpositioned WR Harry Douglas for a third quarter turnover.  Minutes later, White appeared to injure his knee covering WR Roddy White.

The 162nd pick in April's draft out of small-time program Samford, White should improve with an offseason of training and be in the mix for nickel back next season.

Replacing White on the roster is WR Saalim Hakim, who was promoted from the practice squad.  Hakim is the younger brother of former Rams and Saints WR Az-Zahir Hakim, who played a huge role in what was the biggest play in Saints history at that point, when he muffed a punt that was recovered by FB Brian Milne to seal the Saints' first ever playoff victory in January 2001.  Hakim later played with the Saints in 2005, catching 34 passes for 489 yards and two touchdowns and also returning punts during his one season in black and gold.

Saalim Hakim, 5'11, 188, 22, played soccer until his senior year of high school, and then tried his luck at football, playing at Palomar College then Tarleton State.  He emerged professionally in the United Football League with the Las Vegas team in 2011.  Hakim spent some time on the practice squads of the Rams and Cowboys this season, and now will get his first shot on a 53-man roster with the Saints.

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