With Robinson likely sidelined, N.O. opts to bring back veteran defensive back
The New Orleans Saints are going to re-sign veteran cornerback Chris Carr, the player’s agent said Tuesday on his Twitter account.
Carr’s agent, Buddy Baker, tweeted, “Super excited that my friend and client (Carr) is signing back with the (Saints). (He) will make an impact, always does.”
Carr, who has eight years of NFL experience, spent training camp with New Orleans (2-0) but was released Aug. 31. His return will come after Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson injured a leg in the 16-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) on Sunday.
The Saints did not give an update on Robinson’s status nor announce Carr’s signing Tuesday. The team must make a corresponding roster move to clear room for Carr.
Carr began his career as a back-up in Oakland in 2005, when the defensive coordinator there was Rob Ryan, now with the Saints.
Carr left Oakland for Tennessee in 2008 and then was in Baltimore from 2009 until 2011. He had his best year in Baltimore in 2010, when he was a full-time starter and posted career highs in tackles (67), forced fumbles (three) and passes broken up (eight).
Carr pulled a hamstring muscle in the 2011 preseason, hurt it again after returning to action too soon and dealt with a back problem, limiting him to nine games.
Carr was subsequently cut. In 2012, he signed with Minnesota, was released and joined San Diego in the middle of the season, though he didn’t play much.
He reunited with Ryan in New Orleans in June and competed for a roster spot behind Jabari Greer, Keenan Lewis and Robinson, the Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2010. Corey White, a fifth-round draft selection for New Orleans in 2012, and undrafted rookie Rod Sweeting beat Carr out at the conclusion of the preseason.
Meanwhile, Robinson was hurt early in the second half Sunday, on a handoff to Doug Martin on a second-and-3 from Tampa Bay’s 27. As Martin ran toward the right of the line of scrimmage, Bucs receiver Mike Williams blocked Robinson near the left sideline and pushed him backward.
Robinson’s left foot was forward as he lost his balance, and his weight fell on his right knee, which bent under him. He immediately clutched at his knee as he flipped over.
The medical staff placed an inflatable cast around Robinson’s leg, and he was carted off the field as he wept.
Saints sign Tanner
The Saints on Tuesday signed wide receiver Andy Tanner to the practice squad. They cut fullback Austin Johnson from the practice squad to make a spot for Tanner, who was on the 53-man roster unveiled Aug. 31 but was waived last week when the Saints signed defensive end/outside linebacker Jay Richardson.