Taking over as Saints' kicker
The Saints signed Johnson off the Bears' practice squad Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Because he was poached from another organization's practice squad, Johnson must remain on the Saints' active roster for at least three games. With that in mind, New Orleans -- which is on bye Week 6 -- presumably plans on having Johnson serve as its kicker through at least the Week 9 game against the Falcons. Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, played for the Bears during the preseason and knocked down both of his field-goal attempts, including one from 54 yards. He could end up holding down the Saints' kicking job until the team is confident top option Wil Lutz is ready to return from injured reserve after having been sidelined all season while recovering from core-muscle surgery. Cody Parkey, who will be placed on IR on Tuesday, could also be an option to kick for the Saints later in the season if he returns before Lutz and if Johnson doesn't impress.
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Harris (hamstring) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Hill (concussion) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
The Saints designated Smith (hamstring) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
The Saints designated Lutz (abdomen) for a return from injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Thomas (ankle) still is multiple weeks away from a return, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hogan was targeted once but did not catch a pass during Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.
Mongtomery logged one tackle on special teams during Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.
Ozigbo logged seven snaps on offense during Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.
Washington logged two offensive snaps during Sunday's 33-22 win over the Football Team.
Johnson saw one target but did not record a catch during Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.