Saints release Greg Jones

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --New Saints acquisition FB Greg Jones participates in drills during Saints samp Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --New Saints acquisition FB Greg Jones participates in drills during Saints samp Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

The New Orleans Saints have begun chopping down their roster to 53 men.

The team released fullback Greg Jones in the first known move, according to a league source.

The 11-year veteran was signed by the Saints in early August after Erik Lorig suffered a leg injury. However, Austin Johnson has been working with the first-team offense in recent preseason games.

Jones spent the first nine years of his career in Jacksonville blocking for Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. He spent last year with the Houston Texans.