New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams due to an eye injury.
Sitting out a regular-season game is a rare occurrence for Jordan. The only other NFL game that he had missed in his career was in Week 14 of the 2021 season after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Also on Friday, the Saints (3-7) ruled out the following players against the Rams (3-6): cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen), running back Mark Ingram (knee), offensive tackle James Hurst (concussion), linebacker Pete Werner (ankle), defensive end Marcus Davenport (calf) and safety J.T. Gray (hamstring).
Guard Andrus Peat (triceps) was listed as questionable after being limited in practice on Friday.
Jordan, 33, has 5.5 sacks and 42 tackles in 10 games (all starts) this season.
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Jordan has 112.5 sacks and 615 tackles in 186 career games (185 starts) since being selected by the Saints with the 24th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
As for the Rams, their makeshift offensive line took another hit as coach Sean McVay said center Brian Allen (thumb) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game.
–Field Level Media
The New Orleans Saints placed defensive end Cameron Jordan on the COVID-19 reserve list Monday following a positive test, according to multiple media reports.
In addition, the team will be without wide receiver Deonte Harris for nearly a month, as Harris was suspended three games by the NFL for a summer DWI arrest.
Jordan, one of the Saints’ longtime defensive leaders, has yet to miss a game in 11 NFL seasons, all in New Orleans. The 32-year-old six-time Pro Bowler has posted four sacks, a forced fumble and 38 tackles in 2021, a noticeable downturn in statistics from recent seasons.
He’ll have the opportunity to register two negative tests prior to the team’s road game with the New York Jets on Sunday to keep his playing streak (now 172 straight games) intact.
Harris, 24, registered a blood-alcohol level of .246 when he was arrested in July, more than three times the legal limit, per reporting from NOLA.com.
He is the team’s second-leading receiver in terms of receptions (31) and the team’s leader in yards (523) while notching three touchdown receptions.
Harris is also the team’s primary return man, having fielded 17 of the team’s 21 punt returns and 25 of the Saints’ 31 kick returns.
In addition to the Jets game, Harris will also miss a road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 19 and a home game with the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 27 for the Saints (5-7).
–Field Level Media
The New Orleans Saints made more moves on Saturday in their ongoing effort to try to create salary cap space and also re-signed running back Ty Montgomery.
The team restructured the contracts of linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Cameron Jordan. As a result, they created $13.44 million of cap room, NFL Network reported.
The Saints have the worst salary cap situation in the NFL and are still about $48 million over the $180 million cap floor, according to Over The Cap.
This comes after a series of moves made to open cap space, which included renegotiating quarterback Drew Brees’ deal; releasing tight ends Jared Cook and Josh Hill and punter Thomas Morstead; and restructuring the contracts of defensive tackle David Onyemata and kicker Wil Lutz.
The team said Montgomery’s deal is for one year, but financial terms were not announced. Multiple reports pegged it at a veteran minimum salary of $990,000 with a $137,500 bonus.
Montgomery has appeared in 64 career games with 17 starts for Green Bay (2015-18), Baltimore (2018), the New York Jets (2019) and the Saints, carrying the ball 243 times for 1,136 yards with seven touchdowns. He added 123 receptions for 1,009 yards with three touchdowns and returned 55 kickoffs for 1,215 yards.
Last season, he gained 128 yards from scrimmage in six games with the Saints.
–Field Level Media