Saints cut Ramsey, McCray

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, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

METAIRIE, LA - Quarterback Patrick Ramsey and defensive end Bobby McCray were among the highest-profile players released by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, as the defending Super Bowl champions reduced their roster to the NFL maximum of 53.

Ramsey, who was signed in July, had been widely expected to assume the No. 2 quarterback role behind starter Drew Brees. But the former Tulane star, who completed 28-of-45 passes for 400 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the preseason, was beaten out by ex-Missouri standout Chase Daniel.

McCray, who appeared in every game with New Orleans over the last two years and won a ring with the 2009 team, was released by the Saints for the second time this year. The team initially released the six-year veteran in June before bringing him back in July, only to cut McCray again following the preseason.

McCray has 29.5 sacks since breaking into the league as a seventh-round pick in 2004.

Also released on Saturday were running back Ladell Betts, wide receiver Montez Billings, offensive lineman Brandon Carter, defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, linebacker Harry Coleman, offensive lineman Na'Shan Goddard, cornerback Reggie Jones, fullback Zak Keasey, offensive lineman Nick Leckey, tight end Tyler Lorenzen, fullback Jason McKie, offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf, offensive lineman Jermey Parnell, defensive lineman DeMario Pressley, defensive lineman Jay Ross, safety Chip Vaughn and defensive lineman Al Woods.

Notables among that group include Betts, an eight-year veteran with the Redskins (2002-09); Clancy, Leckey and Pressley, all of whom appeared in games with New Orleans a year ago; and Woods, the team's fourth-round 2010 pick out of LSU.

Additionally, the Saints announced Saturday they have placed linebacker Clint Ingram and safety Darren Sharper on the physically unable to perform list, and placed linebacker Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve.

New Orleans will open its 2010 regular season slate on Thursday night, when it hosts the Minnesota Vikings in a NFC Championship rematch to kick off the NFL season.


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