New Orleans coach Sean Payton stressed his team's satisfaction with its current running back corps and denied that the organization had any interest in signing reinstated running back Ray Rice, according to a report.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton stressed his team's satisfaction with its current running corps and denied the organization had any interest in signing reinstated running back Ray Rice, ESPN's Mike Triplett reported on Monday morning.
"We like our running back depth," Payton said. "And if you do a little research, Khiry's coming back next week."
In Robinson's absence, New Orleans' ground attack has been led by Mark Ingram, whose four 100-yard games -- including 122 yards in a 35-32 victory over the Steelers on Sunday -- have helped the Saints to a 3-3 record over that period.
Ingram has 645 yards and six touchdowns on 149 carries in eight games this season.
Prior to his injury, Robinson, 24, rushed 64 times for 330 yards and two touchdowns in six games. He also tallied 245 total yards during Weeks 3 through 5, when Ingram was out with a hand injury.
The Saints' backfield also includes Pierre Thomas, who in eight games this year has rushed 38 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He has also posted one touchdown and 257 yards on 34 receptions.
New Orleans is 5-7 and tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the lead in the NFC South. The Saints play the Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) in New Orleans on Sunday.