Update: The NFL has cleared the Saints of any wrongdoing. Here's the full release from the league, per ProFootballTalk.com:
“The Saints have been in compliance with league rules with regard to this situation.”
The Saints lost to the Bengals on Saturday, 27-10.
The NFL is investigating whether the New Orleans Saints stashed rookie linebacker Todd Davis in their practice facility on Thursday to thwart a waiver claim by the Denver Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
According to Schefter, the Saints waived Davis this week but planned to sign him back to their practice squad, which he has bounced on and off from throughout the season. The Saints allegedly kept Davis in team meetings at their training facility throughout the day on Thursday, the same day the Broncos claimed him. The Broncos wanted to fly Davis out to Denver so he could practice on Friday, but were unable to reach him while he was in meetings with the Saints.
Davis reportedly did meet with the Broncos on Saturday, but the NFL had already begun investigating the Saints, per Schefter's report. A Saints official denied any impropriety on Sunday morning. According to Schefter, the Saints could face a "stiff" fine if the NFL finds evidence of any wrongdoing.
Davis signed with the Saints in June after going undrafted in May's draft out of Sacramento State. He recorded three tackles for the Saints this season, playing mainly on special teams.
New Orleans (4-5) hosts the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1) Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
- Mike Fiammetta