The Saints on Tuesday signed former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster after the St. Louis Rams reportedly tried to poach him off their practice squad.
The Rams lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending ACL injury in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers and were in need of backup help for veteran Kellen Clemens, who is expected to take over as the starter.
Griffin, an undrafted free agent who had a strong spring and summer, has been on the Saints’ practice squad for the past seven weeks after being waived on the final cuts on Aug. 31.
The 6-foot-5, 206-pound Griffin completed 32 of 59 pass attempts for 380 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the preseason, but impressed the coaching staff in training camp.
Griffin, of course, will serve as the third-string quarterback behind Drew Brees and Luke McCown. The Saints haven’t carried a third quarterback on the active roster for several years, but had to in this case to protect Griffin.
The Saints waived outside linebacker Martez Wilson to make room on the roster for Griffin. Wilson has played in just 33 regular-season games with one start since being selected in the third round of the 2011 draft.
JENKINS GETS REPRIEVE: Free safety Malcom Jenkins tweeted on Tuesday that the NFL rescinded the fine it levied against him for a hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins during their Oct. 13 game.
Jenkins was fined $15,750 last week. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness when he hit Thompkins as he ran across the middle while trying catch a pass from Tom Brady.
Jenkins lowered his head on the play, but TV replays showed he led with his shoulder and jarred the ball from Thompkins’ grasp.