Saints reach injury settlement with G Eric Olsen, waive him

New Orleans Saints' Eric Olsen (69) warms up with teammates before a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
New Orleans Saints' Eric Olsen (69) warms up with teammates before a preseason NFL football game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The New Orleans Saints on Monday reached an injury settlement with guard/center Eric Olsen and waived him, and he cleared waivers on Tuesday.

The Saints had placed Olsen on injured reserve on Aug. 31, ending his season in New Orleans. The team didn’t disclose the nature of Olsen’s injury.

The Denver Broncos selected Olsen in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, but he played in just one game and was waived. Olsen spent part of 2011 with Washington’s practice squad, and New Orleans signed him to its active roster for the postseason.

He appeared in all 16 games for the Saints in 2012 and had four starts as an extra blocker.

Just before being waived, Olsen was one of six Saints players on season-ending IR. The others are wide receiver Joe Morgan (knee), wide receiver Chris Givens (shoulder), cornerback A.J. Davis (undisclosed), outside linebacker Will Smith (knee) and defensive end Kenyon Coleman (pectoral muscle).

The Saints on Sept. 3 placed inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he must miss six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games prior to coming back.