NEW YORK - Charles Grant's season ended on Monday when the New Orleans Saints starting defensive end was placed on injured reserve.
The 30-year-old former University of Georgia standout, a first-round draft pick in 2002, has been sidelined with a triceps injury.
In a related move, New Orleans re-signed veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.
"Charles has played a key role for our team since we drafted him six years ago," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement.
"This is obviously a loss for our defense but injuries are a part of our league and it presents an opportunity for other players to step up and answer the call."
Grant has anchored the left side of the Saints defensive line since taking over as a starter in 2003. In 102 career regular season games, he has recorded 41 sacks, 452 tackles and 13 forced fumbles.