Saints bring WR Andy Tanner back to practice squad

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Andy Tanner (14) makes a 15-yard touchdown reception against the Houston Texans during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Show caption
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Andy Tanner (14) makes a 15-yard touchdown reception against the Houston Texans during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

After the New Orleans Saints waived him for the 17th time recently, the team re-signed wide receiver Andy Tanner to its practice squad on Tuesday, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.

Tanner initially landed on the 53-man roster the Saints (2-0) unveiled Aug. 31, but he was inactive for the 23-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) in Week 1. The Saints on Sept. 12 announced they had cut him to make room for defensive end/outside linebacker Jay Richardson, signed to bolster a defensive front that has been affected by numerous injuries.

Tanner, who played his collegiate ball at Division II’s Midwestern State, has been on and off the Saints practice squad since 2010. He caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason before beating out Courtney Roby and Preston Parker for the Saints’ No. 5 wide receiver spot, behind Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon.

Tanner’s spot on the 53-man roster became tenuous when the Saints repatriated wideout Robert Meachem on Sept. 3. San Diego three days earlier released Meachem, who signed a contract guaranteeing him $14 million to join the Chargers in 2012 after spending his first five years in the NFL with New Orleans.

The Saints cut fullback Austin Johnson from the practice squad to clear up a spot for Tanner, whose soft hands and clean route-running make him a fan favorite each training camp he spends with New Orleans.