Saints place right tackle Harris on season-ending IR

METAIRIE (AP) — Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says the club has placed rookie right tackle Bryce Harris on injured

reserve, ending his season.

Harris made his first start against San Francisco on Sunday, but left in the first quarter with a broken bone in his right

leg.

He played because regular starter Zach Strief was not ready to return from his left groin injury, and Strief's primary backup,

Charles Brown, hurt his right knee a week earlier. Vitt declined to say whether Strief would return at Atlanta on Thursday

night, saying only that the possibility "looks good."

Strief practiced on a limited basis on Tuesday, as he did last week. If he cannot play, William Robinson, who was signed last

week and stepped in from Harris against the 49ers, would start.

"Our right tackle situation is going to fine

in this game," Vitt said. "There are a lot of ways that we can help

that position.

There are a lot of ways that we do help that position. We have the

next-man-up theory that we have always gone to. There is

not going to be any built-in excuse for us not to try to play our

best football."

The Saints filled the open roster spot with tight end Michael Higgins from their practice squad. He could fill in for David

Thomas, who was limited with a knee injury.

Those missing Tuesday's practice included

Brown, defensive tackle Tom Johnson with a sore back, defensive end

Junior Galette

with a left ankle injury, kick returner and receiver Courtney Roby

with shoulder and ankle injuries and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.

Cornerback Corey White returned to practice on a limited basis from his left knee injury.