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February 15, 2017 11:20 AM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Underwhelms as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger had 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Saints last year. He also had one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.

October 23, 2016 01:02 PM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Cleared to play in Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger (back) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against the Chiefs, BJ Kissel of reports.

The Saints had listed Kruger as questionable for the contest while he fought a back issue during practice, but after sitting out last week's game against the Panthers, he'll be cleared to return to action. The 30-year-old, who posted double-digit sacks for the Browns in 2014, has yet to regain his pass-rushing form through four games with the Saints this season and has only registered a lone half-sack.

October 22, 2016 11:20 AM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Deemed questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Saints have listed Kruger (back) as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs.

Kruger missed his first game of the season in last week's win over the Panthers. He appears to be trending toward a true game-time decision Sunday. Kasim Edbali and Darryl Tapp will presumably see an increased workload if Kruger cannot suit up.

October 16, 2016 12:14 PM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Held out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger (back) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kruger picked up the back injury in the Saints' Week 4 win over the Chargers, and the bye week apparently didn't provide him with enough time to recover. With Kruger out, the Saints will look to Kasim Edebali and Darryl Tapp to provide some pass rushing from the defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan.

October 2, 2016 06:44 PM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Questionable to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger is questionable to return to Sunday's game against San Diego after suffering a back injury, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune reports.

Kruger injured his back in the middle of the second half on Sunday. If he's unable to return look for Kasim Edebali to see some extra reps.

August 31, 2016 03:30 PM
Saints' Paul Kruger: Expected to sign with Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger is in line to sign with the Saints, reports

The 30-year-old Kruger was released by the Browns this week after three seasons. While he had 15.5 sacks his first two seasons in Cleveland, he managed just 2.5 sacks and 27 tackles last season. With head coach Sean Payton admitting that the Saints' pass rush has been less than impressive this preseason, the team clearly hopes that Kruger can add another dynamic playmaker alongside Cameron Jordan. Though he will not be simply handed a starting job, Kruger should see significant snaps for the Saints. If can can recapture some of his 2014 form, when he notched 53 tackles and 11 sacks, he could be an option in deeper IDP leagues.

August 29, 2016 09:26 PM
Paul Kruger: Cut by Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kruger was cut by the Browns on Monday, reports.

Kruger signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with the Browns in 2013, but after posting 15.5 sacks through his first two seasons in Cleveland, he managed just 2.5 sacks among 27 tackles last year. The 30-year-old also fell short of expectations during the preseason, so the Browns have opted to provide younger players like Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib and Joe Schobert more opportunities by releasing the veteran Kruger.

June 2, 2015 04:57 AM
Probables get green lighted by Browns for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

June 2, 2015 04:59 AM
TE Gary Barnidge among Browns players ruled out for Week 14
by Igor Mello |

The Browns have ruled out tight end Gary Barnidge (rib), defensive back Tashaun Gipson (knee) and defensive back Robert Nelson (hamstring) for Week 14 against Indianapolis. 

Running back Isaiah Crowell (hip), Jordan Cameron (concussion), linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, linebacker Paul Kruger (illness), center Nick McDonald (ankle, knee), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and wide receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring) were all designated as probable.

June 2, 2015 05:50 AM
Browns OLB Paul Krugers enjoys three-sack Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who was a disappointment in 2013 with just 4 1/2 sacks, exceeded that number for the season Sunday with three sacks against Oakland to give him five on the year.

Kruger added two more tackles and a pass defensed.

June 2, 2015 05:59 AM
Desmond Bryant, Paul Kruger set to play Sunday for Browns
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns front seven standouts Desmond Bryant (wrist) and Paul Kruger (back) have been cleared to play in Week 7 at Jacksonville. Both were listed as probable.

June 2, 2015 06:01 AM
Quartet ruled out by Browns for Sunday game
by Marty Gitlin |

A lengthy Browns injury report issued Friday features four players ruled out for the Week 7 game in Jacksonville. Included are cornerback K'Waun Williams (concussion), wideout Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive linemen Phil Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad).

Listed as questionable are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and free safety Tashaun Gipson (thigh). The probables are defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), linebackers Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (back) and featured back Ben Tate (finger).

June 2, 2015 06:01 AM
Three Browns defenders receive red light for Week 7 game
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns will continue to be missing several key defensive pieces Sunday in Jacksonville. Cornerback K'Waun Williams (concussion) and defensive linemen Phil Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad) have all been ruled out.

A nagging back ailment might also sideline outside linebacker Paul Kruger while interior lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) is considered questionable as well.

June 2, 2015 06:08 AM
Browns OLB Paul Kruger gets thumbs-up for Sunday action
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger is set to play Sunday against Pittsburgh despite a back problem that kept him out of practice Thursday and Friday. He had been designated as questionable.

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Browns unveil lengthy injury report for Week 6
by Igor Mello |

The Browns unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 6 against Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive lineman Phillip Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad) have been officially ruled out for the game.

Deemed questionable were star cornerback Joe Haden (hip), linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle).

Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder), defensive back Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), offensive lineman John Greco (knee), linebacker Eric Martin (personal), defensive back Buster Skrine (thumb), running back Ben Tate (finger) and offensive lineman Joe Thomas (rest) have been all ruled probable for Sunday.

June 2, 2015 06:11 AM
Report: Browns OLB Paul Kruger out with back ailment
by Marty Gitlin |

A back injury prevented Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger from practicing Thursday, per The Associated Press, which adds that its severity remains unknown.

Kruger has been among the most effective defenders so far this season for Cleveland after suffering through a disappointing 2013.

June 2, 2015 06:11 AM
Browns OLB Paul Kruger unseen early in Thursday session
by Marty Gitlin |

Outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who has rebounded from a poor first season with the Browns to forge a strong start to 2014, was not on the field for the media availability portion of Thursday practice. The reason for his absence remain unknown.

June 2, 2015 06:48 AM
Paul Kruger gets off to promising start with two sacks
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns defensive end Paul Kruger is coming off a disappointing season in which he managed just 4 1/2 sacks after signing a free agent contract. He has already begun making up for it.

Kruger registered two of his team's four sacks and added two more solo tackles in the tight loss Sunday in Pittsburgh. His first sack ended a promising first drive of the game for the Steelers, forcing them to kick a field goal.

June 1, 2015 09:46 PM
Browns need more out of Paul Kruger
by Larry Hartstein |

Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger managed 4.5 sacks last season, nine fewer than he posted in 2012 for the Ravens. He ranked second on the Browns with 11 tackles for loss.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said getting more out of Kruger is a priority.

"(Kruger) had a special year in Baltimore when they won the Super Bowl," Pettine said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "A lot of people think he took a step backward last year. We’re looking forward to getting with Paul and seeing what makes him tick and seeing if we can get him going."

June 2, 2015 03:50 PM
Browns place eight probables on Friday injury report
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back <span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="396170" data-text="Willis McGahee" data-canon="Willis McGahee" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0"> (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2009Baltimore Ravens9114.07012626.02603
2010Baltimore Ravens1111.001000.0002
2011Baltimore Ravens161512.035.5000.0002
2012Baltimore Ravens154230.0129100.0006
2013Cleveland Browns164726.0214.5000.0005
2014Cleveland Browns165336.01711000.0004
2015Cleveland Browns162716.0112.5000.0000
2016New Orleans Saints152519.061.5000.0001
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2009Baltimore Ravens900000000
2010Baltimore Ravens1100000000
2011Baltimore Ravens1600002020
2012Baltimore Ravens1500101910
2013Cleveland Browns1600200000
2014Cleveland Browns1600401010
2015Cleveland Browns1600000000
2016New Orleans Saints1500102120

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