Jahri Evans to miss game with Panthers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints G Jahri Evans (73), center, battles with DT Kevin Willianms (93), right, in drills during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Saturday in White Sulphur Springs, WV. It was the the first practice day in pads in this camp.

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The Saints released the following statements on Jahri Evans. The guard was released last week following a decade of service with the team.

From general manager Mickey Loomis:

“Since we drafted Jahri 10 years ago as a fourth round draft pick from Bloomsburg, he was an immediate contributor and integral part of the football team. Jahri was a mainstay on the offensive line and became one of the best guards in the National Football League as being named to six consecutive Pro Bowls indicates. We would like to thank Jahri for all his contributions both on and off the field to the Saints and the New Orleans community and wish him the best of luck going forward.”

From coach Sean Payton:

“Jahri has been a fantastic player for our team and an integral part of our success over the last 10 years. He’s one of the toughest and smartest players I have ever been around in coaching and that coupled with his unselfishness and dependability made him one of the most respected players in our locker room. When we arrived in 2006, he was a part of our first draft class, which became the foundation for our 2009 championship team.”

Evans played in 153 games at right tackle, ending his tenure with the Saints as 10th on the all-time games played list. He played in 11 games during 2015. He made six Pro Bowls during his time in New Orleans.