With Reggie Bush still recovering from knee surgery and Deuce McAllister facing a possible 4 game suspension the team reportedly signed two running backs.
The Saints also reportedly signed a full back because Mike Karney is banged up.
***Mike Bell: 6’1, 225
In college, Bell played football for the University of Arizona, where he rushed for 3,163 yards and 17 touchdowns in four years, three as the starter. In his senior year, he rushed for 153 yards in sixteen attempts in a surprising 52-14 rout of the then-undefeated UCLA Bruins. Bell is third all time in the college’s history in rushing yards.
During week 8 of the 2006 season, in which the Denver Broncos played the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, Tatum Bell was taken out with a turf toe. Mike Bell was put in and ran for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns in just 1 half, averaging 9 yards per carry. He started week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only gained 28 yards on 17 attempts. He was made inactive by Coach Mike Shanahan in week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Although being signed as an undrafted free agent, Bell led the Broncos with eight rushing scores.
On July 21, 2008 he was released by the Broncos.
***Lavarus Giles: 6’1, 220
Giles has also been a member of the St. Louis Rams.
***FB Darian Barnes: 6′, 255
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Hampton University by the New York Giants, Barnes has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004), Miami Dolphins (2005-2006) and New York Jets (2007). On November 28, 2007 the Jets released him.