Biggs: Saints get their kicks with two kickers
With the luxury of a mostly healthy roster heading to Week 6, the New Orleans Saints are going to carry two kickers for the time being.
Quarterback Chase Daniel was placed on waivers Monday to make room for kicker Garrett Hartley, who joined Todd Sauerbrun in the rare club of kickers/punters who have been suspended for violation of the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Hartley is back from his four-game vacation, but New Orleans is going to keep 45-year-old veteran John Carney. Hartley said he tested positive for Adderall, which he claims he took in order to stay awake on a drive from Dallas to New Orleans. Arizona tight end Ben Patrick was also reportedly suspended for using the same drug.
It makes complete sense to stick with Carney for the time being. Hartley made all 13 field goals after being signed last October, ending a two-year stretch where the Saints went through four kickers. But he struggled in preseason hitting just 2-of-4 field goals, and missing a 20-yarder, and the last thing an undefeated team with playoff aspirations needs right now is a shaky and rusty kicker. Carney has made six of seven field goal tries with the lone miss being a block in Week 1 against Detroit.
If some injuries pile up, an extra kicker will probably be the first thing to go in New Orleans, though.
It is believed the Saints will re-sign Daniel to the practice squad provided he clears waivers later this afternoon. Daniel was promoted when the team’s emergency third quarterback, wide receiver Lance Moore, was out injured.
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