The New Orleans Saints announced on Thursday that they have reached a settlement with injured defensive tackle Hollis Thomas that would allow him to resign with the Saints at a later time rather than be lost for the season on injured reserve.
Thomas was injured in the second week of the preseason when he tore his triceps during a joint practice with the Houston Texans. Thomas had surgery the next day to repair the muscle and was expected to be out for up to two months.
Thomas was waived with an injury settlement which would allow the Saints, or any other team, to sign him later in the season. If placed on injured reserve, Thomas would not be able to play this season but he would still be under contract with New Orleans through 2009. Thomas received an undisclosed sum in exchange for the settlement.
Hollis Thomas is a 13-year veteran who previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the team. Thomas has been with the Saints for the past two years, starting in 26 games. Last season, he had 58 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
This week, the Saints signed 8-year veteran DT Alvin McKinley who played in 15 games last year for Denver.