METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that receiver Joseph Morgan was placed on the reserve/suspended list and replaced by tight on Tom Crabtree on the 53-man roster. Coach Sean Payton declined to elaborate on the reason, and none has been revealed yet.
It appears as though it may have been a team suspension and not a league suspension, though that has not been confirmed. The move did not appear on the NFL’s transaction wire as of Tuesday.
Morgan, 26, has not played in a game since Week 1 (he’s been inactive five times this season). But when asked why during the course of the season, Morgan always insisted that there wasn’t any disciplinary reason for it. As Morgan has said, the Saints typically only use four receivers on game days, and the Saints had him below Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem in the pecking order.
Morgan has had a rocky two-year stretch since his mini-breakout in 2012, when he caught 10 passes for 379 yards (a staggering 37.9-yard average) and three touchdowns. During the 2013 offseason, he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. Then he suffered a major knee injury that included a torn ACL during 2013 training camp.
The Saints re-signed Morgan this year after he became a restricted free agent, and he played heavily in Week 1 while Stills was out with an injury. But he didn’t catch a pass while being targeted three times and hasn’t played again since Stills returned.