Saints place LB Parys Haralson on IR, bump up Rufus Johnson

Saints place LB Parys Haralson on IR, bump up Rufus Johnson

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by Parys Haralson #98 of the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans won the game 49-17. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. — The Saints have placed Parys Haralson on injured reserve, ending the linebackers season before Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game at Seattle.

Haralson tore a pectoral muscle late in the first half when he tackled Eagles receiver Jason Avant. Once he got to the sideline, he threw his helmet down in frustration and carefully held his arm in place.

A member of the Saints staff escorted him to the locker room before halftime and he didn’t return.

Coach Sean Payton said Haralson had surgery Tuesday, the second time in two seasons his season has ended with a torn muscle. A torn triceps finished his time in San Francisco in 2012.

Haralson came to New Orleans in a preseason trade after the Saints lost Will Smith to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He started eight games this season, finishing with 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He had eight quarterback hits and one pass defensed.

New Orleans bumped up Rufus Johnson, a sixth-round pick by the Saints in the 2013 draft, to the active roster from the practice squad.

Meanwhile, Payton formally announced the addition of safety Jordan Pugh to the roster, waiving Isa Abdul-Quddus to make room for the fourth-year player.

The Saints also added linebacker Vic So’oto to the practice squad.

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