Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/14/14

Earlier this week, the New Orleans Saints waived QB Sean Canfield from the active roster while signing TE Tory Humphrey to the active roster because of the slew of injuries to their three active tight ends (Jimmy Graham – ankle, David Thomas – concussion, John Gilmore – neck) on Wednesday, October 26. Today, on Saturday, October 29, they waived TE Tory Humphrey, just 3 days after signing him, and activated RB Chris Ivory from Reserve/PUP to the active roster.

Apparently, Graham, Thomas and Gilmore must now be collectively healthy enough as the Saints’ current group of active tight ends to make Humphrey’s visit to the locker room a very short one after only 3 days.

With Mark Ingram rehabbing a bruised right heel while sitting out this weekend’s game in St Louis against the Rams, Ivory coming back fully healthy from his recovery from foot surgery in the offseason and hernia surgery this offseason from the PUP list and ready to contribute in any way necessary couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Saints will enter this game against an 0-6 Rams team, ranked dead last in the NFL against the run on defense, with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles as their Thunder and Lightning coming out of the backfield. Chris Ivory will most likely be used as little more than an insurance policy to keep the bench warm unless he’s actually called upon due to injury or ineffectiveness from either of the other two backs. Then again, Payton may have seen enough from Ivory this week in practice to try him out on a handful of third-down and/or short yardage plays to help work him back into “football” shape after his lengthy rehab from the end of last season.

The most interesting thing in all of this is probably the extended timeline of transactions involving Sean Canfield and Tory Humphrey, mostly Canfield of course, ever since the big cut-down day to the so-called “final” 53 on September 3, 2011:

09/03/2011 Saints released TE Tory Humphrey.
09/03/2011 Saints waived QB Sean Canfield.
09/04/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
09/05/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
09/08/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
09/14/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
09/19/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
09/21/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
09/26/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
10/03/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
10/10/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
10/11/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
10/15/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
10/17/2011 Saints released QB Sean Canfield from the practice squad.
10/21/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the practice squad.
10/22/2011 Saints signed QB Sean Canfield to the active roster.
10/26/2011 Saints waived QB Sean Canfield from the active roster.

Wow! Sean Payton obviously sees something in this Canfield kid to have not only drafted him with the 239th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, but to also keep bringing him back, in one form or another, that many times already this season.

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