The Saints have knocked their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players Saturday. Among the offense players let go are center Matt Armstrong, wide receivers Seantavius Jones , Brandon Coleman and Charles Hawkins, tight end Nic Jacobs, guards Jason Weaver and Marcel Jones, tackles Tavon Rooks and Thomas Welch and running backs Greg Jones and Derrick Strozier. The defenders cut loose are cornerbacks Trevin Wade, Terrence Frederick and Derrius Brooks, linebackers Keyunta Dawson and Todd Davis, tackle Lawrence Virgil, safety Pierre Warren. Placekickers Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke are also out.
Veteran linebacker Keyunta Dawson, who has not played extensively in the NFL since 2010, has been waived by the Saints. Dawson has participated in just 13 games over the last four seasons combined.
The Saints and linebackey Keyunta Dawson have agreed to a one-year deal, a source told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The Saints have ruled the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game at Philadelphia: Pierre Thomas, Ryan Griffin, Terrence Frederick, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Keyunta Dawson, Tyrunn Walker and Nick Toon.
Saints S Rafael Bush and LB Keyunta Dawson are listed on the team's injury report. Bush is dealing with an ankle injury, and is probable. He was a full participant in practice Friday. Dawson has a calf injury, and did not practice Friday.