September 3, 2011

Saints Drop Ax: Down to 53

The Saints have reduced their roster from 80 to the regular season limit 53 players.  When eligible players clear waivers, the team will form a practice squad.

Chase Daniel wrote Friday morning, "Very nerve-racking day around the #NFL today...praying my friends on the bubble make their respective teams! Good luck today."

Saint Tracy Porter posted Friday on Twitter, "By far the hardest part in fball is when u have to cut guys that are good players. But I'm blessed to make it thru another camp."

The Saints placed RB Patrick Cobbs, WR Joe Morgan, S Paul Oliver and CB Fabian Washington on injured reserve.

The Saints made the tough call to end preseason star Morgan's rookie season before it began, but by doing so they assure themselves he'll be around in 2012 to push to make the team.  Washington missed most of his short stint with the Saints because of a hamstring injury anyway.  Washington picked up the injury shortly after joining the Saints.

The Saints added DE Greg Romeus to the injured reserve non-football list, because his injuries happened before his time with the Saints and were not related to NFL football.

Saints special teams captain Pierson Prioleau was among the cuts.  A long-time Gregg Williams player, who had followed him from team to team, has been edged out by younger players who fit the role of special teams and the occasional snaps on defense.  The arrival of Jonathon Amaya and the move of Leigh Torrence from CB to S likely aided that move.  Fellow special teams ace Chris Reis, who technically played safety, was also cut.

Also cut were: T Jordan Black, S Quincy Butler, OT George Foster, TE Tory Humphrey, LB Clint Ingram, CB Trumaine McBride, RB Chris Taylor.

Cut but subject to waivers are: TE Tyler Lorenzen, WR Montez Billings, LB Dwight Roberson, DT Dexter Larimore, QB Sean Canfield, WR Andy Tanner, CB Terrail Lambert, LS Kyle Nelson, LB Nate Bussey, C Cecil Newton, WR Jarred Fayson, DT Swanson Miller and TE Michael Higgins.

As expected, RB Chris Ivory was placed on the PUP and will be available six weeks into the season.

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