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Saints Place CB Alontae Taylor on IR

After injuring his knee in practice on Thursday, the Saints’ second-round rookie Alontae Taylor has been placed on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell. The severity of the injury has yet to be revealed, but it was apparently serious enough to warrant a four-week rest.

Taylor was a four-year starter for the Volunteers before entering last year’s draft, racking up 15 defensive passes and four interceptions during his career, including a 56-yard pick last year in a win. on Kentucky, 18th rank. He was the Saints’ top defensive draft pick, brought in to provide prime depth at the cornerback position.

After playing only on special teams in Week 1, Taylor was asked to step in at a crucial time last week when Paulson Adebo left the game with an ankle injury and Marshon Lattimore was ejected. Taylor responded well to the pressure to close out the game, but this most recent injury will unfortunately set back the rookie’s development, immediately after receiving his first professional defensive shots.

Adebo and Lattimore should continue to start, and the Saints have decent depth behind them still at veterans Bradley Roby and PJ Williams. With Taylor’s absence thinning the depth chart a bit, Saints called up practice squad cornerback DaMarcus Fields. Fields, an undrafted rookie, was a standout defenseman for Texas Tech in college and had significant playing time for the Saints in the preseason.

IR return rules only determine that a player must be out for four games, so Taylor should be eligible to return in time for the Saints’ trip to Arizona despite Thursday night’s game being less than four full weeks.