Nick Underhill reports that the New Orleans Saints are activating rookie DL Sheldon Rankins from injured reserve.
Rankins wound up undergoing surgery for a broken fibula close a few months ago and was later placed on injured reserve.
Rankins, 22, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Saints. He signed a four-year contract worth $12,801,646 to go along with a signing bonus of $7,510,288. The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.
During his four years at Louisville, Rankins recorded 133 tackles, 31.5 tackles for a loss, 18 sacks, two forced fumbles, two recoveries, two interceptions and four pass defenses.