Two days after Saints linebacker Parys Haralson hurt his chest and cornerback Keenan Lewis suffered a head injury, a free-agent safety who intercepted Peyton Manning earlier this season got on Twitter and said New Orleans agreed to sign him Monday.
Jordan Pugh, a safety with four years of NFL experience, published on his verified Twitter account, “It’s official I’m a saint ... !!!”
“#WhoDat nation let’s get it!” the player, whose handle is @JordanPugh29, said.
Pugh’s agent, Steve Weinberg, confirmed the signing. He didn’t know what the corresponding roster move was.
The Saints didn’t make any official transactions Monday, according to the NFL. But there have been reports that Haralson tore a pectoral muscle in the Saints’ 26-24 wild-card playoff win at Philadelphia on Saturday night and that Lewis suffered a concussion.
Haralson left the game late in the first half, and Lewis was hurt in the third quarter. Neither returned. The Saints visit top-seed Seattle on Saturday for a divisional playoff game.
Carolina drafted the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Pugh out of Texas A&M in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. He appeared in 44 games for the Panthers (2010-11) and Washington (2012-13).
One of his appearances came in Washington’s loss at home to Seattle in the wild-card round last season.
Pugh has 34 tackles, six pass break-ups, a forced fumble and two interceptions for his career. He picked Manning off in a 45-21 Washington loss at Denver in Week 8.
Pugh made Washington’s 53-man roster at the start of the year, but the team released him on Oct. 15. Washington re-signed him the following week when Brandon Meriweather was suspended after doling out a couple of helmet-to-helmet hits in a Week 7 game against Chicago.
Pugh was released again when Meriweather returned after the Broncos game.
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