After it was learned their leading rusher had a broken hand, the Saints both signed a running back to their practice squad and from it cut a cornerback on Tuesday.
Running back Edwin Baker arrives after Mark Ingram (143 yards and three touchdowns off 24 carries this year) emerged from the Saints’ defeat Sunday at Cleveland with a fractured hand. To make room for Baker on the practice squad, the Saints released cornerback Trevin Wade, who joined the Saints in November of 2013 and appeared in four games, two of which were in the playoffs.
The 5-foot-8, 204-pound Baker — out of Michigan State — was a seventh-round draft selection for San Diego in 2012; but he failed to make the team. Houston eventually acquired him for their practice squad; and in December, Cleveland signed him away from the Texans and onto its 53-man roster.
Baker played in three games for Cleveland last year, rushing for 171 yards on 43 carries and scoring two touchdowns. He also tallied eight receptions for 57 yards.
He returned to the Browns this preseason but was waived in August.
The Saints are 0-2 and host the 1-1 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Aside from Ingram, the Saints’ running backs are veteran Pierre Thomas, second-year man Khiry Robinson and third-season pro Travaris Cadet.
Robinson has the second-most production on the ground under Ingram for the Saints so far in 2014 with 59 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.