Cornerback Delvin Breaux will remain on injured reserve this year, Saints coach Sean Payton tells reporters. This was the expected news after Breaux suffered an undisclosed setback in practice last week.
In October, the Saints designated Breaux to return from IR. He began practicing on Oct. 20, triggering a three-week window for the team to place him on the 53-man roster. His new issue will reportedly require an extra 3-6 weeks of recovery, so the Saints simply could not have him tie up a roster spot for that long.
Breaux was stellar in 2015, grading out as a high-end starter per Pro Football Focus’ metrics. Although he could not deliver an encore in 2016, the Saints were very much looking forward to getting him back on the field to see what he could contribute.
Breaux’s three-year UDFA contract with the Saints will expire after the season. The former CFL standout was hoping to to use this season as a platform year to cash in, but he’ll have to prove himself in workouts instead.
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