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Saints Will Release LB James Laurinaitis From I.R. This Week If He’s Healthy

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Saints veteran LB¬†James Laurinaitis will see a doctor this week and determine if he’s healthy enough to play.

  • According to Garafolo, if Laurinaitis is considered healthy enough to play football, the Saints will be released him from the injured reserve list and allow him to sign elsewhere.
  • Garafolo mentions that with a number of teams dealing with injuries at linebacker, a veteran like Laurinaitis could be a big addition for a contender.

Laurinaitis, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Rams back in 2009. After seven years with the Rams, Laurinaitis signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Saints back in March. He stands to make a base salary of $900,000 for the 2016 season.

The Saints placed Laurinaitis on injured reserve a few weeks ago with a quad injury.

This year, Laurinaitis has appeared in five games for the Saints and recorded 17 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 87 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Laurinaitis as the news is available.