The New Orleans Saints are going to re-sign cornerback Chris Carr, the player’s agent said Tuesday on his Twitter account.
Carr’s agent, Buddy Baker, tweeted, “Super excited that my friend and client (Carr) is signing back with the @Saints. will make an impact, always does.”
Carr, who has eight years of NFL experience, spent training camp with New Orleans (2-0) but was released Aug. 31. His return will come after Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson injured a leg in the 16-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) on Sunday.
The Saints have not given an update on Robinson’s status nor announced Carr’s signing. The team will have to make a corresponding roster move to clear room for Carr.
Carr began his career as a back-up in Oakland in 2005, when the defensive coordinator there was Rob Ryan, now with the Saints.
Carr left Oakland for Tennessee in 2008 and then was in Baltimore from 2009 until 2011. He had his best year in Baltimore in 2010, when he was a full-time starter and posted career highs in tackles (67), forced fumbles (three) and passes broken up (eight).
Carr pulled a hamstring muscle in the 2011 preseason, hurt it again after returning to action too soon and dealt with a back problem, limiting him to nine games.
Carr was subsequently cut. In 2012, he signed with Minnesota, was cut and joined San Diego in the middle of the season, though he didn’t play much.
He reunited with Ryan in New Orleans in June and competed for a roster spot behind Jabari Greer, Keenan Lewis and Robinson, the Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2010. Corey White, a fifth-round draft selection for New Orleans in 2012, and undrafted rookie Rod Sweeting beat Carr out at the conclusion of the preseason.
For his career, Carr has 207 tackles (166 of them solo), six interceptions (one of which he returned 100 yards for a touchdown), and 32 pass break-ups.
Saints fans flooded Carr’s Twitter account with words of congratulations on Tuesday. He then tweeted, “Thanks for all the kind words. Thrilled to be back!”
Meanwhile, Robinson was hurt early in the second half Sunday, on a handoff to Doug Martin on a second-and-3 from Tampa Bay’s 27. As Martin ran toward the right of the line of scrimmage, Bucs receiver Mike Williams blocked Robinson near the left sideline and pushed him backward.
Robinson’s left foot was forward as he lost his balance, and his weight fell on his right knee, which bent under him. He immediately clutched at his knee as he flipped over.
The medical staff placed an inflatable cast around the nickelback’s leg, and he was carted off the field as he wept.
Robinson hurt his foot during the 23-17 Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) on Sept. 8 and left that game early as well. He played 18 snaps of defense against Atlanta and four against the Bucs, and he lined up on special teams, too.
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