Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:53

New Orleans Saints v. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hartley, Kasay, Injuries, Gleason

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The Saints placed kicker Garrett Hartley on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his season. They also cut DT Mitch King.

Hartley suffered a hip injury (hip flexor) in the preseason and it was believed to be a two-months injury.  He suffered a rehabilitation setback attempting to return too quickly. Surgery will not be required.

John Kasay, 41, has hit all six of his field goal attempts this season which made it  easier to place Hartley on IR

The Saints also signed linebacker Ramon Humber and offensive tackle Pat McQuistan on Tuesday.

Humber, 5-11, 232 pounds, played in three games with the Saints last season after spending all of 2009 and part of 2010 with the Colts.

McQuistan is in his sixth NFL season and is 6-6, 319 pounds. He last was a member of the Titans roster,but played with the Cowboys for four seasons (2006-09) and the Dolphins last season.

The Saints were down to three linebackers against the Texans and lost two offensive starters in offensive tackle Zach Strief (right knee) and center Olin Freutz (leg) during the game with injuries. The extent  of the injuries will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville,  rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert told the Times Union "Trust me, we'll get better. Whenever you play a football game, and you know you messed up, you want to learn from it right there. Sucks waiting around."

Jags defensive end Matt Roth said his neck is improving and he hopes to practice on Wednesday. Roth missed last Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Jags defensive coordinator Mel Tucker suffered a torn quadriceps last week and will have surgery  on Sunday.

The Jaguars defense entered last week's game against the Panthers as the NFL's fifth-best defense in yards allowed and left it ranked fourth. Jacksonville's run defense ranks first in the AFC and its pass defense ranks sixth best in the conferenceI hope you are reading

Jeff Duncan's sad, inspiring/sad pieces in The Times-Picayune about the man who made the most famous block in Saints history five years ago in the team's first game back post-Katrina, Steve Gleason. Drew Brees said that was the biggest play in Saints history. It was an emotional night for almost everyone. Saints play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson said he had color analyst Hokie Gajan riding with him to the game and bother had tears in their eyes. I barely remember calling the game," said Henderson...Brees on the win over the Texans: "The defense holding the Texans to field goals was the difference in the game."...Brees on his contract extension talks with the Saints: When it happens, it happens."...

Steve Gleason Gave New OrleansSaints Spark, Gives ALS His Life's Work by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of

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