FILE PHOTO: Sep 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Alex Anzalone (47) gestures after a tackle against the Houston Texans in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints placed middle linebacker Alex Anzalone on injured reserve Monday due to an unspecified injury.
The Saints filled the roster vacancy by activating undrafted rookie defensive end Carl Granderson. He was recently released from jail following a 43-day stay related to a sexual battery case.
Anzalone played in all 16 games (seven starts) last season with 59 tackles (45 solo), two sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. As a rookie in 2017, he was limited to four games (all starts) due to a shoulder injury. During his college career at Florida, he was plagued by shoulder ailments.
The Saints previously had been granted a roster exemption for Granderson. As part of the exemption, which was lifted Monday, the Saints had a two-week window to decide whether to keep Granderson on the roster. The 22-year-old was able to attend meetings and practice during that period.
Granderson had been charged with touching two women while they slept at his apartment in 2018 when he was a senior at Wyoming.
He reached a plea deal in July, accepting lesser charges of sexual battery and unlawful contact, that he thought would allow him to avoid jail time. However, the deal was rejected by a district judge, who sentenced Granderson to six months in jail.
Another district judge subsequently allowed Granderson to be freed from jail early, suspending the remainder of the sentence and placing him on supervised probation.
—Field Level Media