The New Orleans Saints have signed kicker Blair Walsh to their practice squad according to a report from the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The #Saints are signing veteran kicker Blair Walsh to their practice squad, source said.
Never know when a COVID issue might arise during the playoffs, so they'll keep Walsh in testing protocols as a contingency plan.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 11, 2021
Pelissero mentioned the signing could be a COVID-19 contingency plan. But the move comes just a day after Saints kicker Wil Lutz missed a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter of the Saints 21-9 playoff win against the Bears.
Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game that he expected Lutz to bounce back from the miss.
“I think, believe it or not, we are fortunate to win a game; and, yet, we feel like there’s a lot of things that we can do better,” Payton said. “That’s what we will get ready to get started on as soon as practices begin. I think that he will answer the bell.”