NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints are sending wide receiver Cameron Meredith to injured reserve, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Schefter’s report also states that Meredith undergo an arthroscopic knee procedure, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Meredith was only available for New Orleans to sign away from the Chicago Bears because of a catastrophic knee injury he suffered in the 2017 preseason, tearing his ACL fully while also damaging the MCL in the same knee. That presented a difficult rehab that lingered into the Saints’ 2018 training camp, though Meredith pushed through it to catch 9 of 10 passes thrown his way for 114 yards and a touchdown. His ability is still there, it’s just going to take longer than the Saints expected for him to get right. He was listed as limited on every Wednesday injury report prior to this week’s, where he was not a participant.
Dez Bryant’s arrival is well-timed. He and Meredith figured to see similar reps from the slot, where Meredith had run on about 80 percent of his routes. So this removes an element of competition while allowing the Saints to probably upgrade the position, and giving Meredith time to finish his recovery. He agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints, so this isn’t the last we’ll see of him.