METAIRIE, La. ― The Saints put cornerback Randall Gay on injured reserve after the veteran defensive back continued to suffer from symptoms associated with a concussion.
Gay first suffered the head injury on Sept. 20 in San Francisco.
“A lot of involved revolved around the symptoms and frequency of the concussions he had this year,” Head Coach Sean Payton said. “When the symptoms came back from his concussion in San Francisco, they were pretty significant.”
He missed the Week 3 game against Atlanta before returning to play Carolina and Arizona. But by last week, Gay began suffering post-concussion symptoms that included continual dizziness and issues with sunlight.
“We spent a lot of time on that decision and visited with no only our in-house doctors but also the outside specialist and we felt like it certainly was in the best interest of the player. It’s disappointing when it happens this early in the season, but it’s something that was I’m sure a concern not only for the player and his family, but for us and we made the decision.”
But Payton said he wouldn’t term the concussion career-threatening.
“I think more than anything else it was just the symptoms lasting as long as they did and it being multiple times within a certain time frame,” Payton said.
The move somewhat tempered the return of safety Darren Sharper, who returned to the practice field for the first time since playing in New Orleans’ Feb. 7 Super Bowl victory over Indianapolis. Offseason left knee surgery kept the free agent from getting looked at by other teams and he eventually re-signed with the Saints.
“It was good to be out there,” Sharper said. “I felt like I was part of the team playing again, moving around and getting back into football, what I was brought here to do and hopefully I can help contribute this weekend.”
But while Sharper returned, cornerback Jabari Greer did not practice.
Greer injured his shoulder at the end of the third quarter of New Orleans’ win over Tampa Bay on Sunday while Gay continues to suffer from repercussions from a concussion he suffered on Sept. 26 against Atlanta.
Additionally, linebacker Scott Shanle (hamstring) did not practice while Reggie Bush (fibula) and Pierre Thomas (ankle) remained out along with cornerback Tracy Porter (knee).
Limited on Wednesday were guard Jahri Evans (hamstring), safety Roman Harper (hamstring), running back Julius Jones (shoulder), cornerback Patrick Robinson (knee), tight end Jeremy Shockey (flu) and defensive end Will Smith (groin)