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DE Grant Placed on IR; Team Brings Back Thomas

The season is over for Saints starting defensive end Charles Grant, who was placed on IR Monday with a triceps injury. The team moved quickly to replace Grant, by re-signing veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.

“Charles has played a key role for our team since we drafted him six years ago,” GM Mickey Loomis said. “This is obviously a loss for our defense, but injuries are a part of our league and it presents an opportunity for other players to step up and answer the call.”

The 30-year-old Grant had led the team with three sacks through the first eight games this season, and he had recorded 33 tackles, 27 solo and six assists. Thomas started 26 games for the Saints during the past two seasons. Thomas tore his right triceps in preseason and was released after reaching an injury settlement with the Saints, making him a free agent.

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