A day after acquiring veteran outside linebacker Parys Haralson from the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints made a flurry of moves Tuesday to get their training camp roster to 75 in accordance with NFL rules.
Haralson, who reportedly was acquired by the Saints for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, did not practice Tuesday with his new team. Coach Sean Payton said Haralson is not expected to play Thursday night in their exhibition finale against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
In other moves Tuesday:
- The Saints placed three players on season-ending injured reserve, including 10-year veteran Will Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s 31-23 victory against the Houston Texans. Wide receiver Joseph Morgan and linebacker Chris Chamberlain also were placed on IR.
- Veteran outside linebacker Victor Butler was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. But the door remains open for his possible return later this season. Butler underwent reconstructive knee surgery in June after tearing an ACL during Organized Team Activities.
- The team waived three players: outside linebacker Eric Martin, wide receiver Tim Toone and safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
- And finally, the Saints claimed undrafted rookie cornerback Jumal Rolle off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.
Saints officials acted quickly Monday to find a veteran replacement for Smith, who was making the transition from a defensive end in the 4-3 to an outside linebacker in first-year coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.
Haralson, 29, missed the 2012 season in San Francisco because of a torn triceps tendon. After having his 2013 base salary slashed from $2.57 million to $1.3 million, 49ers’ officials apparently deemed him expendable after the emergence of Pro Bowl outside linebacker Aldon Smith and other young linebackers.
Haralson , 6-feet and 255 pounds, has recorded 21.5 sacks in six seasons with his best season coming in 2008 when he had eight.
“He’s had a lot of experience as a starter there,’’ Payton said of Haralson, a fifth-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2006. “He’s strong at the point of attack. He’s experienced in this (3-4) system and he’s had success with a very good defense. Those are some things that you see on film (and) his character and football I.Q. are outstanding.’’
Saints claim cornerback
Rolle, 6-feet, 185 pounds, played for Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he had 16 career interceptions and blocked five kicks his senior season.
He returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown in the Bills’ 44-20 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 10. In two games, Rolle was credited with four tackles and two pass breakups.
Roll was waived Monday. He did not play in the Bills’ most recent exhibition, a 44-10 loss at Washington on Saturday night.
“He was a guy who we had good grades on,’’ Payton said. “I think we’re pretty deep at the position, yet here’s a guy who has good size, good ball skills and transitions well. He’s an interesting prospect, a rookie, so we’ll take a peek.’’
Quarterback Drew Brees is not expected to play Thursday night, thus leaving all the snaps to back-up quarterback Luke McCown and undrafted rookie Ryan Griffin.
Payton said McCown will start against the Dolphins and probably play through the first quarter, then turn the ball over to Griffin for the remainder of the game.
Three players did not practice Tuesday: OLB Junior Galette (knee), ILB Jonathan Vilma (knee) and RG Jahri Evans (undisclosed). FB Jed Collins (undisclosed), LB Will Herring (undisclosed) and WR Marques Colston (foot) returned to practice after missing Sunday night’s game against Houston.
Payton said the Saints will spend the bulk of Wednesday in meetings and a walk-through in preparation to play the Dolphins before flying to Miami. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. Thursday (CST/Fox 8).
He said it
“It’s disappointing and I know he’s frustrated because he’s put a lot of work in this offseason to get his weight where he wants it and the position change, and he’s handled all that well. I’m disappointed for him.’’
— Payton on injured OLB Will Smith.