WIll the New Orleans Saints Have a Spot for Lance Moore When He Returns?

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IDecember 16, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 04:  Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints runs during their game against the New York Jets at the Louisana Superdome on October 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore had a breakout season last year when he led the team with 79 catches, 928 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

And now?

The Saints may not have a spot for him on the active game day roster.

Moore has played in just six games this season. He had offseason shoulder surgery and has also suffered through ankle and hamstring injuries.

Even though it appears as if he is now healthy enough to return, he may not be in that number when the Saints go marching into the Superdome Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.

While Moore is on the Saints' 53-man roster, teams are only allowed to dress 45 players for a game (46, counting the emergency quarterback).

At this point of the season, I can't imagine Moore jumping ahead of any of the Saints' top three receivers.

Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, and Devery Henderson have all been huge contributors this year.

Courtney Roby, currently the Saints' fourth receiver, is one of the top kickoff returners in the NFL. No way Roby loses that job.

Other than as a backup punt returner, Moore has no value on special teams. Not only does Roby return kicks well, but he also has 10 special teams tackles.

The Saints also have quality receivers at tight end and running back.

Tight ends Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas and running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush each have been an integral part of the Saints' passing attack.

There is no use for a fifth active wide receiver for this offense.

With the way New Orleans' defenders have been dropping like flies, it is important to have as many quality defenders on hand as possible.

New Orleans had nine defenders listed on the injured list last week and have six more on injured reserve.

An extra defensive lineman that also plays special teams (such as Jeff Charleston) is far more valuable than a wide receiver that may catch two passes, especially when the Saints are having an increasingly difficult time putting pressure on the quarterback.

With all the talent at wide receiver and the Saints' need for healthy bodies on defense, it looks like Lance Moore is going to get lost in a numbers crunch.