Saints place wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr on injured reserve

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (19) against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who has been struggling with knee soreness, on injured reserve.

Ginn has played in four games this season, catching 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, but has regularly appeared on New Orleans’ official injury report since early in Week 2.

Ginn’s production had largely dipped since Week 2 and he did not have a reception in Week 4 before sitting out a Week 5 triumph over Washington.

The move could mean more opportunities for rookie Tre’Quan Smith, whom the Saints selected in the third round of last spring’s draft. Like Ginn, Smith has exceptional speed. New Orleans’ previous game was Smith’s best one yet; he had touchdown catches of 62 and 35 yards.

With Ginn removed from the active roster, New Orleans added a player, re-signing offensive tackle Michael Ola.

The Saints visit Baltimore on Sunday.