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Saints Reduce Roster To 53 Active Players

Places two on PUP, parts ways with 19

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Saturday that the team has parted ways with 19 players, placed linebacker Clint Ingram and safety Darren Sharper on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and placed linebacker Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve to reach the league-maximum 53 player-limit for the regular season.

The Saints terminated the contracts of running back Ladell Betts, defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, offensive linemen Nick Leckey and Terrence Metcalf, defensive end Bobby McCray, fullback Jason McKie and quarterback Patrick Ramsey and waived wide receiver Montez Billings, offensive linemen Brandon Carter, Na'Shan Goddard and Jermey Parnell, linebacker Harry Coleman, cornerback Reggie Jones, fullback Zak Keasey,*tight endTyler Lorenzen, defensive linemenDeMario Pressley,Jay RossandAl Woodsand safetyChip Vaughn*.

  • Ingram, a fifth-year veteran who signed with the Saints as a free agent in the offseason, and Sharper, a 14th-year veteran, both are recovering from knee injuries that have prevented them from getting on the practice field this summer and they will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
  • Casillas is a second-year player who made the roster as a rookie free agent last season and played in 11 games as a rookie, starting two, and made 20 tackles on defense while adding five more on special teams. The former University of Wisconsin linebacker played in all three postseason games and recorded one tackle on defense and two more on special teams. He tallied 18 tackles with a sack this preseason before suffering a season-ending foot injury in the preseason finale at Tennessee on Thursday.
  • Betts was signed mid-way through training camp and played in two games during the preseason. The veteran running back gained 53 yards on nine carries this summer along with catching five passes for 24 yards.
  • Clancy first signed with the Saints during the 2007 offseason and played in 30 games for the club, making 85 tackles with 2½  sacks before being limited to just two games in 2009 due to a leg injury. The veteran defensive tackle was re-signed earlier in the week and played in the preseason finale.
  • Leckey signed with the Saints as a free agent prior to the 2009 season. The seventh-year veteran offensive lineman played in eight games – primarily on special teams – during the '09 campaign. He played in all four preseason games this summer.

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  • McCray first signed with the team in the 2008 offseason and played in 32 games over two seasons with 59 tackles and 7½ sacks. He also started three postseason games, making nine tackles. The seventh-year veteran defensive end made two solo tackles in four preseason games this summer.

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  • McKie was signed by the Saints in late May before being released just prior to training camp and re-signed mid-way through the preseason. The veteran fullback played in three preseason games for the Saints and caught two passes for 10 yards.
  • Metcalf is an eighth-year offensive lineman who signed with the Saints as a free agent in June. The veteran guard played in all four preseason games this summer.

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  • Ramsey, a ninth-year veteran quarterback, signed with the Saints just before training camp. The former Tulane signal-caller played in three games this summer, completing 28 of 45 passes for 400 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

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  • Billings signed with the club as an undrafted free agent after competing in the team's rookie minicamp in May as a tryout player. The rookie receiver from Auburn caught two passes for 14 yards in three games played this preseason while also averaging 19.6 yards on five kickoff returns.
  • Carter was signed as a rookie free agent in early May. The former Texas Tech guard played in four preseason games for the Saints this summer.
  • Coleman was first signed as an undrafted free agent in May before being waived prior to training camp but was re-signed in mid-August. The former LSU linebacker played in three games this preseason, making seven tackles with a pass defense and also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
  • Goddard joined the Saints' practice squad during the 2009 postseason. The second-year offensive lineman played in all four preseason games.
  • Jones signed as a rookie free agent out of Portland State in 2009 but missed the entire '09 season due to an Achilles injury suffered in training camp. The cornerback played in all four games this preseason and made seven solo tackles with three pass defenses.
  • Keasey was signed by the Saints as a free agent in February. The third-year fullback played in all four preseason games this summer, catching two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown and added five tackles on special teams.
  • Lorenzen was signed to the Saints' practice squad early in the 2009 season and spent the remainder of the season there. The college quarterback who has converted to tight end played in all four preseason games this summer, catching three passes for 38 yards.
  • Parnell was signed as a rookie free agent in the spring of 2009 and spent the '09 season on the team's practice squad. The former college basketball player at Ole Miss turned offensive tackle saw action in all four preseason games this summer.
  • Pressley was drafted by the Saints in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and played in seven games for the team in two seasons, making 25 tackles. In four games this preseason, the defensive lineman registered seven tackles and a sack.
  • Ross was signed as an undrafted free agent in May out of East Carolina. The rookie defensive tackle played in two games this preseason, making one tackle and recording three pass defenses.

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  • Vaughn was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft but spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after injuring his knee in training camp. The former Wake Forest safety played in all four games this preseason, making eight tackles on defense and four more on special teams.
  • Woods was a fourth-round draft pick of the Saints in April out of LSU. The rookie defensive tackle played in all four preseason games, making four tackles and recovering a fumble.
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