Ellis was inactive Saturday night against Dallas.|||||||
The defensive tackle sat out practice with a sore left knee. It's unclear when he'll return. He also missed time earlier in the season with a knee issue.
Ellis returned to the field in Monday night's game against visiting New England.|||||||
Ellis sprained his right knee in Miami in Week 7 and has not played the past four games. He is back at practice this week and was not listed on the team's official injury report.
Ellis is out for up to a month following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.|||||||
Ellis, the Saints' top draft pick in 2008, left a practice on Oct. 2 after hearing what he said was "kind of a click" in his knee. Ellis has started all four games in his rookie season.
Ellis left practice on Thursday to have his right knee examined.|||||||
"He felt it kind of click on him, so we sent him in to have it looked at," Saints coach Sean Payton said following practice. "Hopefully, it's nothing serious." If Ellis cannot play against Minnesota on Monday night, it would be a blow to a defense expecting to be tested by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Ellis was picked seventh overall in this year's NFL draft and has started New Orleans' first four games.
Ellis, the Saints' top draft pick last spring, ended his holdout Tuesday.|||||||
A team spokesman says Ellis, a defensive tackle picked seventh overall out of Southern California, agreed to a five-year deal Tuesday. Coaches said Ellis impressed them in rookie camp and minicamp. However, he'll have some catching up to do after missing the first 12 practices of training camp. Bensel said Ellis is expected to arrive Wednesday, when the Saints have only one practice scheduled in the late afternoon.