METAIRIE, La. – Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown was undergoing testing and evaluation Monday on his right knee, which he injured Sunday in New Orleans’ 38-17 win over Oakland.
Acting head coach Joe Vitt said a decision won’t be made on whether to bring in players from outside the program to fill in for Brown until his knee is completely evaluated and the severity of the injury is known.
“We usually bring people in Tuesday and look at a group of athletes anyway that we think can help our football team,” Vitt said. “But we’ll wait for the evaluation to see where that is.”
Brown was starting in place of Zach Strief, who injured his groin against Philadelphia on Nov. 5. Strief is expected to be out at least another week, if not longer.
Rookie Bryce Harris filled in for Brown and Vitt said his initial game went well.
“Harris played pretty good for us yesterday, so we’ll continue evaluate him,” Vitt said.
The Saints signed Harris off of the Falcons’ practice squad as the season began when New Orleans lost Marcel Jones to a season-ending injury. He was a healthy scratch in each of the Saints’ first seven games. Harris played for the first time this season in the Saints’ game against Atlanta.
Harris likely represents the best option for the Saints, however. He has practiced with the team since the first week of the season and knows the offense. Should he need help, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer have in the past made adjustments, helping whoever is in that position with aid from the tight end or a tackle eligible.
Other options on the roster include Eric Olsen, who is a combo guard/center but has played this year in the tackle eligible role. But Vitt said Olsen’s shorter arms may not make him the right fit for the position.