The New Orleans Saints placed rookie CB Alontae Taylor on injured reserve and elevated rookie CB DaMarcus Fields to the active practice squad roster. Both announcements were made by the team on Saturday ahead of their 0-2 Carolina Panthers game on Sunday.
Taylor was a second-round pick, the 49th selection overall, by the Saints in this spring’s draft from the University of Tennessee. He had four interceptions, 15 broken passes and five tackles for loss during a four-year collegiate career with the Volunteers.
A physical corner at 6 feet and 193 pounds. with excellent covering skills, Taylor had a strong training camp before being limited by an ankle injury at the end of the preseason. The injury sidelined him in Week 1 against Atlanta, but he stopped a pass in 19 action shots against Tampa Bay last Sunday.
Taylor injured his knee in practice earlier this week. His placement on injured reserve means he will be out at least four games.
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Fields is an undrafted Texas Tech corner. He had four interceptions, stopped 41 pitches and was responsible for eight forced or fumble recoveries in five years with the Red Raiders. Fields was added to the practice squad after being among the final cuts for New Orleans this preseason.