Saints acquire Seahawks LB Ruud for draft pick

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club

has traded an undisclosed draft choice to Seattle for veteran

linebacker Barrett Ruud.

The acquisition of Ruud, who is heading into his eighth NFL

season, comes on the heels of injuries to three of the Saints’ top

linebackers.

Saints starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton has a high ankle

sprain and starting weak side linebacker David Hawthorne underwent

arthroscopic surgery on Monday to repair his meniscus, which he

apparently tore during Friday night’s preseason game against

Jacksonville. Also injured against Jacksonville was top reserve

linebacker Chris Chamberlain, who is out for the season with a torn

left knee ligament.

Ruud played six seasons in Tampa Bay and one in Tennessee before

signing with Seattle last April.