The Saints lost a key component in their quest to successfully defend their Super Bowl title, placing starting WLB Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve Saturday.
Casillas, who joined New Orleans last year as an undrafted free agent, injured his foot in the team's final preseason game at Tennessee Thursday night. Now, instead of beginning the year as the starter on the weak side, he'll have to sit out the entire season. Now the Saints will have to find a replacement with their season opener against Minnesota only five days away.
The Saints also placed FS Darren Sharper and LB Clint Ingram on the physically-unable-to-perform list, meaning they'll have to sit out at least the first six games of the season before being activated. Both players underwent microfracture surgery on their left knees during the offseason.
Some of the notable players released in the final cutdown were DE Bobby McCray, DT Kendrick Clancy, C Nick Leckey, RB Ladell Betts and QB Patrick Ramsey.
Other cuts included O-linemen Terrence Metcalf, Brandon Carter, Na'Shan Goddard and Jermey Parnell; FBs Jason McKie and Zak Keasey; WR Montez Billings; LB Harry Coleman; CB Reggie Jones; TE Tyler Lorenzen; D-linemen DeMario Pressley, Jay Ross and Al Woods; and S Chip Vaughn.
The release of Ramsey indicates that the Saints will keep only two quarterbacks on their roster — Drew Brees and Chase Daniel.
Another sidelight to the final cutdown is that the Saints kept two undrafted rookies from Division II programs — DE Junior Galette from Stillman and RB Chris Ivory from Tiffin.
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