Report: Saints to release LB James Laurinaitis off IR if healthy

Well, the James Laurinaitis experiment did not go as planned in New Orleans.

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Laurinaitis, who had never missed a game in his first seven seasons in the league with the Rams, was signed by the Saints in the offseason to be a steady, consistent defensive anchor in the middle of the field. Things did not work out that way however, as Laurinaitis suffered a quad injury in Week 3 and was subsequently placed on the IR list two weeks ago.

Now, Laurinaitis is expected to be released by the Saints when deemed healthy to come off of the IR list, according to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

"It's definitely frustrating," Laurinaitis said after initially being placed on the IR list. "You want to be out there and contribute with the guys any way possible. But I think my mindset now is just mentally staying engaged and just helping in any way, shape or form in the locker room."

Laurinaitis, 29, signed a three-year, $8.25 million dollar deal with the Saints in March, although there were no guarantees beyond $3.25 million for the 2016 season. If - and when - released, Laurinaitis will look to continue his NFL career elsewhere.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain covers the NBA for CBS Sports. He has covered the league in some capacity since 2009 for a variety of outlets including Philly.com, ESPN 97.3, and 247 Sports. Michael hails from... Full Bio

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