METAIRIE, La. -- Eric Olsen was admittedly frustrated when the New Orleans Saints released him last season after he suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in the summer that sidelined him for about two months. But the journeyman guard/center said he understood the "business side" of the decision.
Olsen said Wednesday that he felt even better about it when the Saints brought him back this week when they needed depth in the wake of starting center Jonathan Goodwin's knee injury.
"I always had the feeling they still liked me here, and it was an injury-related thing that ended up happening. And it was good to know that I wasn't just imagining that, and that they still know what I can do and still feel comfortable enough to bring me back," said Olsen, who spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans over the past year, but didn’t crack the active rosters.
The Saints have not offered any updates on the severity of Goodwin’s injury, which he suffered during last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. But it appears to be a good sign that the Saints haven’t placed Goodwin on injured reserve. In the meantime, they trust second-year pro Tim Lelito as his replacement. Lelito, who lost a close battle to Goodwin for the starting job this summer, has played well in three appearances this season after Goodwin went down with three separate injuries.
In another roster move Wednesday, the Saints brought back rookie linebacker Todd Davis to their practice squad. Davis was activated for one game, but was released after he made his NFL debut as a backup and special teamer last Sunday.