NFL teams are allowed to bring back up to two players who are placed on injured reserve during the season. But they can’t practice for a minimum of six weeks and can’t play for a minimum of eight weeks. The Saints have a bye in Week 5.
The Saints re-signed veteran offensive tackle Bryce Harris to fill Breaux’s roster spot.
Saints coach Sean Payton suggested last week that this move would be coming with Breaux. Although the projected timetable for his recovery was six weeks when he had surgery on Aug. 17, this will give Breaux ample time to recover for the final nine games -- and open up a roster spot in the meantime.
Rookie first-round draft pick Marshon Lattimore and second-year pro P.J. Williams are expected to start for the Saints at cornerback in Week 1 at the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, with veteran Sterling Moore and second-year pros Ken Crawley and De’Vante Harris also in the mix.
Losing Breaux definitely hurts a Saints defense that ranked last in the NFL in passing yards allowed last season. But unfortunately, the Saints have gotten used to being without him. He also broke his fibula in a different spot during Week 1 last season and played only six games because of the fibula and a shoulder injury late in the year.
Harris, a sixth-year veteran, has bounced around with the Atlanta Falcons, Saints, back to the Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and back to the Saints -- playing a total of 35 games with four starts. He’ll add depth while starting left tackle Terron Armstead recovers from shoulder surgery.
Parry (6-foot-2, 317 pounds) was a fifth-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2015, and he started every game over the past two years, with a total of 78 tackles and four sacks. But the Colts added two veteran tackles in free agency and another in the fourth round of the draft. Parry also dealt with an alcohol-related arrest in February.