Saints place Betts on IR

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints placed running back Ladell Betts on injured reserve Wednesday and signed linebacker Kawika Mitchell.

Betts has been dealing with a neck injury and concussion sustained in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. He has not played in the Saints' last two games, on the road in Dallas and Cincinnati.

The 31-year-old Iowa product missed the first three games of 2010 after the Saints cut him prior to the season-opener against Minnesota. Betts had yet to fully recover from a serious knee injury that prematurely ended his 2009 season with the Washington Redskins.

In seven games this year, Betts posted 45 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns, adding 23 receptions for 141 yards.

Mitchell has yet to play in 2010, but was limited to five games a season ago with the Buffalo Bills during which he compiled 27 tackles and one forced fumble.


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