Greg Romeus entered this offseason as a bit of a wildcard, a player the coaching staff looked at as an extra selection in the draft despite not being a first-year player.
The experiment ended Friday when the Saints waived/injured Romeus after he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during offseason workouts.
The Saints signed linebacker Donavan Robinson to take fill the roster.
Romeus came to New Orleans as a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 but with physical question marks. He spent much of the 2011 offseason and regular season rehabbing from a right knee injury he suffered his senior year at Pittsburgh.
Acting head coach Joe Vitt and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo were complimentary of Romeus’ progress this offseason.
On the final day of organized team activities, Vitt said the team would help Romeus in his recovery.
“This kid has really worked hard,” Vitt said. “The whole team feels bad for him, the coaching staff feels bad for him. It’s part of the game. This kid has put in the time, he has put in the effort and he has to go through the whole process all over again. So we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to support him.”
Robinson (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) signed with the New York Jets in May as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Jackson State, where he started 31 games. He finished with 181 tackles and 30 sacks.