Saints WR Cameron Meredith placed on IR

The New Orleans Saints are placing wide receiver Cameron Meredith on injured reserve as he awaits arthroscopic knee surgery, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The roster move accompanies the team’s announcement of the signing of free-agent receiver Dez Bryant on Wednesday.

Meredith signed with the Saints as a free agent this offseason after missing all of last year with a torn ACL. The Saints signed him to a two-year, $10 million offer sheet in April, and the Bears declined to match it.

Meredith, 26, had been healthy for most of this season. But his knee was obviously a big enough concern this past offseason for the Chicago Bears to let him get away as a restricted free agent.

Meredith did not play the first two weeks of the season, but has seen action in the last six games. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in his first three appearances and has not caught a pass in the last three weeks.

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Meredith saw action on 126 snaps in his six appearances. Some of that work could be headed Bryant’s way over the second half of the season.

Saints coach Sean Payton as recently as Wednesday said “nothing’s holding (Meredith) back.”

“Oftentimes it’s the progression. Sometimes he didn’t play as many snaps in Minnesota based on our personnel,” Payton said. “He had some big plays against Washington, so a lot of it‘s just the progression of what we’re doing.”

Before the injury, Meredith led the Bears with 66 receptions, 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He remains under contract with the Saints through 2019.

Meredith is the second Saints wide receiver to go on injured reserve in the past month. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. went on IR on Oct. 18 with a knee injury.

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