The Saints plan to use Harper in a part-time role, where he will be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage as a blitzer and open-field tackler, reports ESPN.com. Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.
Harper was signed by the Saints on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Harper, who was drafted by the Saints and spent eight seasons in New Orleans, returns to provide veteran depth behind free safety Jairus Byrd. In 16 games with the Panthers last season, Harper racked up 73 tackles, five passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries.
Harper wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Chrlotte Observer reports. Harper missed the entire second half of the NFC championship game due to a swollen eye. However, his lack of presence on the first Super Bowl injury report confirms that he'll be able to handle his normal duties at strong safety against the Broncos.
Harper (eye) expects to be ready for the Super Bowl, ESPN's David Newton reports. Harper was unable to play in the second half of Sunday's win over the Cardinals, likely because a swollen eye had a major impact on his vision. It's an issue that should clear up before the Super Bowl, but if not, Tre Boston will start alongside Kurt Coleman against the Broncos.
Harper left Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to an eye injury and will not return to the contest, NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports. With Harper ruled out for the rest of the evening, Tre Boston and/or Colin Jones will fill in alongside Kurt Coleman at safety.