A day after Saints cornerback Jabari Greer suffered what his coach called a “significant” knee injury, New Orleans agreed to sign cornerback Trevin Wade, a 2012 seventh-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Wade and his agent said Monday on Twitter.
There were no official Saints transactions on the NFL wire, and the team hasn’t confirmed anything. But the player’s agent, Michael Hoffman, confirmed to The Advocate in an e-mail that Wade had been signed to the 53-man active roster.
Hoffman first broke the news Monday when he wrote on Twitter, “Congrats to (Wade), the newest member of the Saints.”
Saints fans then flooded the player’s Twitter account, @TwoStarWade, with messages welcoming him to New Orleans. Wade subsequently tweeted, in part, “Really appreciate all the love ... Ready to play my role and add to the team success.”
Wade, who played in college at Arizona, suited up in 13 games for Cleveland and recorded 17 tackles as a rookie. The Browns added two cornerbacks during the offseason, and Wade was waived in August after hurting his shoulder. Coincidentally, the Browns waived Wade to make room for rookie linebacker Eric Martin, whom the Saints had cut.
Greer was injured while defending a deep, third-down pass to San Francisco receiver Jon Baldwin midway through the first quarter of the Saints’ 23-20 victory Sunday that lifted them to 8-2. Greer leapt and stretched out to bat the pass away with his left hand, and he landed with all of his weight on his left leg.
Greer apparently hyperextended the knee and then rolled his ankle after hitting the turf. He immediately fell and clutched at his left knee.
Trainers immobilized Greer’s leg with an air cast and helped him onto the back of a cart. As he was driven away from the field, Greer pointed a finger at his teammates and waved at the crowd of more than 73,000 people in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The scene was faintly reminiscent of the one cornerback Patrick Robinson experienced when he hurt his knee and was carted off in a Week 2 win at Tampa Bay. The Saints placed Robinson on season-ending injured reserve three days later. Coach Sean Payton on Monday morning declined to say what his plan for Greer is.
Greer has been a fixture in the New Orleans secondary since joining the Saints in 2009 after spending his first six NFL seasons with Buffalo. He has appeared in 63 regular-season games for the Saints and started all but three of them, breaking up 69 passes, intercepting nine and helping the team win Super Bowl XLIV.
He has missed 11 games for the Saints: two in 2012 (concussion, sports hernia), two in ’10 (shoulder) and seven in ’09 (groin). This season, Greer leads the team with 12 pass breakups, and he had an interception in the Week 4 win at home against Miami.
The cornerbacks on the Saints depth chart under Greer and fellow starter Keenan Lewis are second-year man Corey White, nine-year veteran Chris Carr and undrafted rookie cornerback Rod Sweeting.
White and Carr have rotated in on defense and played on special teams. Sweeting, who was inactive in seven contests, has only played on special teams.
Although they didn’t practice, the Saints were required to release an injury report Monday ahead of Thursday’s visit to Atlanta (2-8). Greer, Sweeting (hip), Carr (hip/back/hamstring), running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle), safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) and tight end Ben Watson (concussion) were among those listed.
Sweeting, Vaccaro and Watson sat out Sunday’s game. Sproles left for a portion of the game to have his ankle taped but continued playing. Carr played in the last defensive series.
Others on the injury report: defensive end Cameron Jordan (ankle), guard Ben Grubbs (neck), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (back), defensive end Tyrunn Walker (knee), linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring/ankle), tight end Jimmy Graham (elbow/foot) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle).
Atlanta practiced Monday night; tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe) and defensive end Malliciah Goodman (calf) sat out.