Free-agent fullback Michael Zordich Jr. has agreed to sign with the Saints’ practice squad, his handlers at Tier 1 Sports Management announced via Twitter on Monday.
Zordich played 51 games at Penn State in college mostly at fullback and joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie in 2013. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while covering on the Panthers’ very first kickoff of their preseason last year and spent the 2013 campaign on injured reserve.
Zordich — who stuck with Penn State through the Jerry Sandusky scandal — returned to Carolina for the 2014 preseason but was waived in August. He will occupy a vacant spot on the Saints’ 10-man practice squad whenever the move becomes official (it had not been processed by the NFL on Monday).
Zordich reached terms with the Saints after team fullback Austin Johnson was sidelined for a win at Carolina on Thursday night with a knee injury. Erik Lorig shouldered the workload at fullback for the Saints against the Panthers.
Zordich’s father played for Penn State, too; and he was in the NFL from 1987 through 1998 with the Jets, Cardinals and Eagles. Michael Zordich Sr. has also coached in the NFL, overseeing the Eagles’ safeties in 2011 and 2012.
The Saints (4-4) host the 49ers (4-4) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.