After having surgery on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans was placed on injured reserve. And the team soon found a replacement- they signed fullback Kyle Eckel to add versatility on the field.
Evans suffered the season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in last Sunday’s comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins after nearly scoring on 9-yard reception out of the backfield in the fourth quarter. He was forced out of bounds by Akin Ayodele, a linebacker wearing Dolphins jersey, at the 2, setting up quarterback Drew Brees’ sneak for the go-ahead score.
Eckel arrived in New Orleans Thursday and took part in the team’s practice in time. But if he is comparable to Evans to be a key blocker in the Saints’ running game, it remains unsure until Monday night when the Saints play against the Atlanta Falcons.