Ted Lewis: Too bad Saints' Junior Galette was no-show for interviews Thursday; he could've addressed January arrest _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette practices at the Saints training facility in Metairie on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Before releasing Junior Galette on Friday, the pass rusher says the Saints attempted to place him on injured reserve.

The move wouldn’t have been to stash Galette for a season. Instead, the Saints wanted to place Galette on injured reserve and then release him once healthy.

“Mickey called me and wanted me to come in, I didn’t feel like going in because I kind of – why do I need to speak to the general manager? I never to speak to Mickey,” Gallette said. “Instead of coming out, what do you have to say to me on the phone.

“And he told me I would be put on IR until I was able to be cleared to play and I would be released. I said, “No, I’ve been healthy for about two weeks now. You don’t need to be putting me on IR.”

Galette said he declined the request because he wants to take be able to take advantage of the situation and give his shoulder as much time as possible to build strength.

The pass rusher also sent a video of him going through a recent workout, swinging his arms at full strength. Asked again if he’s fully healthy, he responded, “Yep.”

Galette will need to pass a physical before he can officially be released. That examination is expected to take place this weekend.