I agree with the beat writer in this instance. If you have a guy who is on injured reserve, you have to ask the question whether he can recover and help the team.
If the player on IR makes a ton of money, the question is asked again.
IR, ton of money, and long in the tooth, then the question is asked with a lot more urgency.
IR, ton of money, long in the tooth, and very serious legal problems off the field, the kind that can make the whole franchise look bad, then some in New Orleans believe that the question has been answered.