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New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) covers New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20) during training camp Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Sports Performance Center in Metairie.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

The New Orleans Saints can still bring back one more player from injured reserve, according to the new NFL rules in place this year.

The problem is that the Saints don't have any more candidates whose recovery time matches the timetable after veteran tackle Zach Strief underwent surgery to repair his ACL and MCL two weeks ago.

A player who returns from injured reserve must miss six weeks of practice entirely, then practice for two weeks before returning to game action. 

"No, Zach was the only guy," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

New Orleans initially tried to bring back cornerback Delvin Breaux, but Breaux suffered a setback during the two mandated weeks of practice before returning to game action and was never activated off of injured reserve. Because Breaux wasn't activated in the initial window, he's not eligible to return. 

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