The contract of kicker John Kasay was terminated Friday, one of 22 moves made by the New Orleans Saints as the club reduced its roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.
The 42-year-old Kasay, who set a club record with 147 points last season while filling in for an injured Garrett Hartley, was one of three vested veterans whose contracts were terminated.
The others were wide receiver Greg Camarillo, who was signed when the position was plagued by injuries in the preseason, and tight end Derek Schouman, a late addition to the training camp roster in late July.
Kasay was 2-of-4 in field goals in the preseason with one of his misses from beyond 50 yards, but Hartley was solid in going 6-of-7 with his lone miss coming from 53 yards out.
Two veterans were put on the reserve/suspended list as defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Ramon Humber have been banned for four and three games, respectively, by the NFL.
Smith was banned for his role in the bounty scandal, while Humber will sit out for an unspecified reason.
Four others — cornerback Marquis Johnson, wide receiver Nick Toon, running back Joe Banyard and safety Jose Gumbs — were put on injured reserve.
Johnson has been battling a knee problem, while Toon, the Saints’ fourth-round draft pick this spring, suffered a foot injury one week into training camp that sidelined him for four of the team’s five exhibition games.
The injuries for Banyard and Gumbs were not known.
Among 13 players waived were guard/center Matt Tennant and quarterback Sean Canfield, who were picked in the fifth and seventh rounds of the 2010 draft, respectively, and tight end Michael Higgins, who finished the 2011 season on the active roster.
Also waived were linebackers Ezra Butler, Kadarron Anderson and Lawrence Wilson; wide receiver Andy Tanner; defensive ends Braylon Broughton and Alex Daniels; cornerback Nick Hixson, safety Jerico Nelson, guard DeOnt’ae Pannell; and tackle Aderious Simmons.
Tanner, who’s been a member of the Saints practice squad for parts of the last two seasons, was having a solid training camp and preseason until he suffered a sprained ankle in an Aug. 17 game with Jacksonville.
Canfield, Tanner and some of the other players who were cut could wind up on the Saints practice squad if they aren’t claimed off waivers by another club.
Teams can begin signing players to the practice squad on Saturday.
Among the surprises in the makeup of the roster, which will likely change by the time the Saints play the regular-season opener on Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, were at running back and wide receiver.
The Saints kept five halfbacks — Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet — when they would normally keep no more than four.
Cadet, an undrafted free agent from Appalachian State, impressed the coaching staff from the start of training camp and in preseason. He was the team’s second-leading rusher with 132 yards and led the club in receptions (30) and receiving yards (246).
The Saints also retained two fullbacks for the second year in a row in starter Jed Collins and backup Korey Hall, who excels on special teams.
At wide receiver, the Saints kept six — one more than they would like to keep — with Courtney Roby, Adrian Arrington and Joe Morgan joining the big three of Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.