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Saints promote Cameron Tom to active roster, report says

It appears the Saints needed to promote Cameron Tom to the 53-man roster after outside interest from the Redskins.

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Per The Advocate’s Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Saints are promoting center Cameron Tom from the practice squad to the team’s active roster. Multiple reporters have since confirmed the news.

His Wednesday afternoon reported stated that the Washington Redskins tried to poach Tom last week, and got a huge raise because of it. The undrafted rookie from Southern Miss went from making $7,200 per week to just over $27,000 weekly. Now he’s on the 53-man roster.

The Saints are already without guard Larry Warford due to an abdominal strain from Sunday’s Week 7 victory over the Packers, which likely leaves the offense turning to Senio Kelemete at right guard. Josh LeRibeus, John Greco, and Tom should provide depth for the team, as the exact timetable for Warford is uncertain.

Taking Tom’s place on the practice squad is another offensive lineman, Wayne State’s Nate Theaker. Some notes from his combine profile:

Theaker was an All-State pick in Michigan, but couldn't get more than passing glances from MAC schools. He took the scholarship offer from WSU, and hasn't looked back. He redshirted in 2011, then played in 10 games (starting one) at right tackle the following season. Theaker played in all 11 games as a sophomore, starting two at right tackle, before sliding over to the starting spot at right guard in nine of 10 games in 2013 (with one start at RT). He was a first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection as a junior, starting five games at right guard and then moving to right tackle because of injuries along the line. Theaker missed the 2015 season after having back surgery, but bounced back as the team's new starting left tackle last fall. He was named to the Associated Press' Little All-American squad after the season, while also receiving first-team all-conference and GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year awards.