The New Orleans Saints placed starting rookie receiver Brandin Cooks on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his season.
Cooks' agent said on Monday that the Saints' second-leading receiver had surgery on his right thumb on Monday and was expected to be out four to six weeks. Cooks, a first-round draft choice last spring, has assumed a prominent role in the offense and also has been New Orleans' primary punt returner.
He's second on the Saints in both catches with 53 and yards receiving with 550, to go with three touchdown receptions this season. He has also rushed seven times for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Cooks must have been closer to the six-week timetable, which would have brought him back into the playoffs. Kenny Stills could see an increase in work and may be worth a pickup off your wire if you're looking for depth at WR. Keep in mind the Saint receivers are often inconsistent because of TE Jimmy Graham and the pass-catching RBs.