Laurinaitis announced his retirement via his personal Twitter on Tuesday.
The linebacker played eight seasons in the NFL, the first seven with the Rams and last year with the Saints. Laurinaitis totaled 869 tackles (663 solo), 16.5 sacks and 10 interceptions through 117 games in his career and was the hallmark of the Rams defense for several years.
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) was released by the Saints on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
The move was expected as the Saints told the linebacker of their intentions to release him earlier in the week. Laurinaitis was placed on injured reserve about two weeks ago, but will now get a chance to sign on with a different team. In just five games with the Saints, he logged 17 tackles (nine solo) and one pass deflection. If Laurinaitis can prove he is healthy, the veteran could be a major boost for a team looking to strengthen their linebacking corp.
Laurinaitis was placed on injured reserve a week and half ago after dealing with a reoccurring quadriceps ailment throughout the season. In his first season with the Saints, the linebacker recorded 17 tackles in five games, but if all goes well, will now look to join another squad in need of linebacker depth.
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) has been placed on the injured reserve, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Laurinaitis has been dealing with a quadriceps injury since late September, and clearly it is fairly significant, as the IR designation will end the linebacker's season. Michael Mauti will assume middle linebacker duties for the Saints, but the New Orleans run defense takes a big hit losing a player with the caliber of Laurinaitis.
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) will not play Sunday against the 49ers.
Laurinaitis presumably sustained the injury last week against the Seahawks. He missed every practice this week and will consequently cede starting duties to Michael Mauti.
|1||9/11/17||@ MIN||7:10 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIA||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/17||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|