The New Orleans Saints filed a series of roster moves on the daily NFL transaction line on Wednesday, shuffling a few players to and from the injured reserve list while replenishing the 53-man roster and practice squad. Here’s what you need to know about each new arrival, departure and injury situation:
RB Eno Benjamin claimed the waiver wire
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Benjamin, 23, played in two games with the Houston Texans after being pealed out by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this season. Now he’s in New Orleans hoping to stay with his third team in four weeks. A good athlete for the position and bringing some benefits as a receiver, Benjamin looks like a nice compliment to Alvin Kamara on paper. But something must account for two different teams deciding to part ways with him in the last month. Hopefully he can show the Saints some pop in the next four games.
RB Mark Ingram II placed on injured reserve
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This move ends Ingram’s season and requires him to be sidelined for the next four weeks. He could theoretically return from injured reserve if the Saints make the playoffs, but they would need to lead the table and win their next four games while also enlisting help from a few other teams to make that happen. Don’t count on it. The knee injury Ingram is struggling with could also end his career – he’s 32 and has a free hand in the offseason. He’s won every Saints rushing record and could retire with plenty of wins.
C Erik McCoy is set to return from injured reserve
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Here’s a big boost for the offensive line. McCoy was out of action with a calf injury and the Saints struggled to replace him in the lineup. They tried out veteran backup Josh Andrews first, but he was benched for their last game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in favor of Cesar Ruiz – who switched from right guard, with Calvin Throckmorton stepping in at that point. Ruiz has played well this year but he has been his best right-back. If McCoy can return to pivot soon, it will put everyone in the best position to make a play.
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LB Chase Hansen is scheduled to return from injured reserve
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Hansen has been a nice player on special teams for the Saints and he will have another opportunity to make his case after returning from a knee injury. He hasn’t seen many snaps on defense over the years, so look for him to make an impact in the kicking game. He’s also a spring free agent, so he needs to film positive plays to earn more opportunities in the NFL — with the Saints or other teams.
OL Josh Andrews signed with Saints Practice Squad
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Andrews filled in for McCoy at center for a few weeks, and he also has NFL experience as a guard, so bringing him back to the practice squad makes sense. He’s a good deep player to keep in hand. He will join Yasir Durant and Derrick Kelly as backup offensive linemen on the practice team.
Story originally appeared on Saints Wire