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Saints Place First-Round DT Sheldon Rankins On I.R.

The New Orleans Saints placed first-round DT Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve Monday, according to Nick Underhill.

Rankins will be a candidate to be activated off of injured reserve later in the season.

This move was expected, considering that Rankins wound up undergoing surgery for a broken fibula close to a month ago.

Rankins, 22, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Saints. Rankins was brought in to bolster the Saints interior defensive line depth and offer them some pass-rush ability from the middle of their defense.

According to OverTheCap.com, Rankins receives 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.