Saints suddenly thin at safety

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints just suffered what could be a big blow.

Pierson Prioleau, who was starting in place of the injured Roman Harper at strong safety, just went down with an injury and left the field. We don’t know exactly what the injury is yet or whether there’s any chance of Prioleau returning.

But the Saints suddenly are very thin at safety. They’ve put Chris Reis, who generally plays only on special teams, in at strong safety. Malcolm Jenkins is the free safety and Usama Young is the only other healthy safety who is active today.

Moments after Prioleau left the game, Carolina tied the game, 7-7, on a long pass from Jimmy Clausen to Jonathan Stewart. Not sure exactly what happened, but Stewart was wide open in an area where there should have been some safety help.