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 (quadriceps) is scheduled to visit with a doctor this week and if ruled healthy, will be released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.
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.
Laurinaitis (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Laurinaitis had been held out of the Saints' previous game in Week 4 against the Chargers, but the team's open date in the schedule last week came at a convenient time for him, as he's now been cleared to play Sunday. Expect Laurinaitis to take back his starting role at middle linebacker and challenge for the team lead in tackles.
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
With Laurinaitis unable to play, Michael Mauti is next in line to get the start at middle linebacker for the Saints.
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) is questionable to play in Week 4 against the Chargers.
Laurinaitis was a new addition to the injury report this week. If he's unable to play, Michael Mauti projects to fill in at middle linebacker.
Laurinaitis had seven tackles (five solo) in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.
The Falcons ran the ball 31 times, compared to only 30 passes, which gave the veteran middle linebacker plenty of opportunities to make stops. In his first three games, Laurinaitis now has 17 total tackles, including seven tackles each in Weeks 1 and 3. Playing at the heart of the Saints' defense, Laurinaitis should continue to be a solid IDP option.
Laurinaitis made seven tackles (three solo) and played all 73 defensive snaps in the Saints' season opener against the Raiders, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Laurinaitis, who signed with the Saints this offseason, started at middle linebacker in Week 1, pushing last year's rookie starter Stephone Anthony to outside linebacker. Laurinaitis averaged nearly 130 tackles per year during his first four seasons in the league, and though his numbers have slipped some over the last few years, he still managed 109 tackles each of the last two season. Entering his eighth season, the former Ohio State Buckeye has never missed a game in his career and should continue to be a solid source of tackles at the heart of the New Orleans defense.
Laurinaitis has agreed to a deal with the Saints, Rand Getlin of NFL.com reports.
Laurinaitis recorded at least 100 tackles in three of his first four seasons, but he hasn't managed above 85 since 2013, and he set a career low with 60 tackles in 16 starts in 2015 for the Rams. He's not the dynamic linebacker he was when he came into the league, but the Saints have been weak at the position in recent years and Laurinaitis will likely get a chance to start.
Laurinaitis is slated to visit with the Falcons on Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Laurinaitis, who was recently let go by the Rams, has also visited the Saints, so it doesn't look like it will be too long before the durable linebacker, who didn't miss a start in seven seasons with St. Louis, catches on with a new team. This past season, Laurinaitis racked up 109 tackles for the second year in a row.
Laurinaitis was released by the Rams on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Laurinaitis experienced a drop in production over the past three seasons, and the Rams appear ready to move on from many of their veterans, cutting three players Friday. The move will save the team some extra money, while the veteran middle linebacker will now pursue other opportunities. Laurinaitis is a poster boy of durability, playing every game over his seven NFL seasons, and he hasn't recorded less than 100 tackles in a single campaign thus far. While the Rams may be done with him, there will likely be multiple teams interested in his services.
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis hyperextended his elbow Sunday against the Browns and is expected to have an MRI on Monday, per Rand Getlin of the NFL Network.
Laurinaitis managed to play through discomfort and finished with eight tackle. While that production suggests his elbow didn't impede him much, the results of the MRI should help sort out his future availability.
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis became the first player to pick off Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field in three years in a 24-10 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.
Laurinaitis also picked up eight tackles in the defeat. He now has 37 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception on the season.
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis picked up a sack and five tackles Sunday as St. Louis took out Arizona 24-22.
Laurinaitis isn't having a monster season with 29 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble through four games. However, with fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree out for the season, Laurinaitis may have to pick up the slack and remains in line for another triple-digit tackle season
The Rams will have nearly all of their probable players Week 15 against the Cardinals.
Kenny Britt and James Laurinaitis are two of the bigger names on the list. Britt was listed on the injury report, though his issue was not injury related. Laurinaitis is dealing with an ankle injury.
The team will also have Cory Harkey, Will Herring, Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells. All four players came into the contest listed as probable.
Rams defensive end Chris Long was listed as questionable to play Thursday on the team's final injury report for Week 15's matchup with the Cardinals.
"He was OK," Rams coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after practice. "We'll see how he is in the warmups tomorrow, but we're very optimistic about it."
The rest of the Rams' injured players were listed as probable after participating fully in practice Wednesday. That list includes center Scott Wells (elbow), guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder), linebacker James Laurinaitis (ankle), defensive tackle Alex Carrington (thigh), linebacker Will Herring (foot), tight end Cory Harkey (knee) and receiver Kenny Britt (not injury related).
The Rams placed only probables on their Week 14 injury report - and all have been given the thumbs-up for their game at Washington aside from cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle), who was a full-go in every practice this week and should be considered a healthy scratch.
The others include wide receiver Tavon Austin (back), linebackers James Laurinaitis (ankle) and Will Herring (foot), defensive end Chris Long (ankle) and tackle Rodger Saffold (shoulder).
Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin was a late addition to the Rams’ Week 14 injury report. Austin practiced in full Wednesday and Thursday, but was a limited participant Friday with a back injury.
Along with Austin, the Rams also listed the following players as probable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins: William Hayes, James Laurinaitis, Chris Long, Rodger Saffold, Scott Wells, Will Herring, Marcus Roberson and Davin Joseph.