The New Orleans Saints have released reserve linebacker Stanley Arnoux and terminated the contract long snapper Jason Kyle, announced the team on the opening day of training camp practices. Both players failed physicals.
Arnoux, a fourth-round pick out of Wake Forest, suffered a ruptured Achillesâ€™ tendon during his first day of rookie minicamp in May 2009 and spent the Saints Super Bowl season on injured reserve.
After a decent preseason in 2010, Arnoux ended this season in November, placed on the injured reserve list for the second straight season.
A middle linebacker in college, Arnoux tried to make the transition to outside linebacker.
Competition at the outside spots is loaded with quantity in Saints camp. The team drafted Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson in the third round this past April and added former Seattle linebacker Will Herring this week via free agency. Plus, veterans Scott Shanle, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Danny Clark were re-signed.
Injuries took a toll, and time ran out for the 24-year old in New Orleans.
The biggest news Arnoux, 24, made as a professional came off the field on Memorial Day weekend when he reported the theft of his Super Bowl XLIV ring in Miami Beach, Fla. The ring, which he inexplicably left in his vehicle with valet parking when he entered a nightclub, was returned to him soon.
Kyle, 39, was the snapper in all 25 Saints games in which he played after signing with the team in 2009. The Saints played Kyle on injured reserve in November last season due to a shoulder injury.
The 6-3, 242-pound former college linebacker at Arizona State made it as a pro specialist playing in over 200 NFL games as a snapper.
A 16-year NFL veteran, Kyle joined the Saints after eight season with the Carolina Panthers.
Justin Drescher, who finished the 2010 season in place of Kyle, and rookie Kyle Nelson from New Mexico State are the remaining deep snappers in camp.
INJURY REPORT -- The following players failed their physicals and did not practice Friday:
Tracy Porter (knee; recovering from surgery)
Greg Romeus (knee)
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