METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- New Orleans special teams leader Courtney Roby, veteran safety Jim Leonard, defensive end Jay Richardson and 18 others were among the Saints' final cuts Saturday as the club trimmed its roster to the regular-season limit of 53.
Offensive guard Elliott Mealer, a former player at Wauseon and the University of Michigan, was among the other players cut by New Orleans on Saturday.
For now, the Saints have elected to retain injured veteran inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who did not play this preseason because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the same knee on which Vilma has had several procedures during the past two years. Also kept was promising but unproven receiver Andy Tanner, who has spent the past two-plus seasons on New Orleans' practice squad.
Richardson, a five-year pro out of Ohio State, seemed to be having a strong preseason, both at end and outside linebacker, registering a pair of sacks and fumble recovery. He had seen a lot of action because of injuries to outside linebackers Junior Galette and Martez Wilson, who are expected to be ready to return as soon as New Orleans' regular-season opener against Atlanta on Sept. 8.
New Orleans' roster now includes 10 rookies, while two players -- Tanner and 2012 fourth-round draft choice Nick Toon -- have not played in a regular season game.
Four of the rookies were drafted: safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round, offensive tackle Terron and defensive tackle John Jenkins in the third round, and wide receiver Kenny Stills in the fifth round.
The six undrafted rookies are running back Khiry Robinson, cornerback Rod Sweeting, defensive end Glenn Foster, inside linebacker Kevin Reddick, tight end Josh Hill, and guard Tim Lelito.
Center Eric Olsen was placed on injured reserve.
Tebow job hunting again
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A person familiar with the situation says Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots.
After being let go by his third team in 18 months -- and with the regular season just five days away -- the quarterback's chances of immediately catching on with another team seem slim. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Patriots had not announced the move.
Tebow's stay with the Patriots lasted just under 12 weeks and could be the end of his NFL career. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback played in just three of New England's four preseason games and was sacked four times in the finale, a 28-20 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night.
The Patriots have carried just two quarterbacks in three of the past four seasons, and with Ryan Mallett entrenched as the backup to Tom Brady, Tebow's challenge was a difficult one, even before the preseason started. Then, he went out and posted a quarterback rating of just 47.2 and threw two touchdown passes to go along with two interceptions and seven sacks.
When New England signed him on June 11, it appeared that coach Bill Belichick might find other positions for the versatile, mobile Tebow to play, but he never worked out with any unit other than the quarterbacks with the Patriots.
Bengals select backup QB
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have picked Josh Johnson as their backup quarterback, waiving John Skelton as they got down to the 53-man roster limit on Saturday.
They placed linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on injured reserve with an injured right shoulder, which he dislocated during the final preseason game against Indianapolis on Thursday night.
Reserve offensive tackle Dennis Roland also was released.
Running back Bernard Scott went on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from knee surgery last season. He's eligible to return to practice after the sixth week of the season if he's cleared medically. Second-round draft pick Giovani Bernard has taken the No. 2 spot at running back behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Lions release Spievey
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have released safety Amari Spievey and 20 other players.
Detroit also put tight end Michael Williams on injured reserve Saturday when they trimmed their roster to 53 by the NFL's deadline.
The Lions also cut offensive guard Rodney Austin, cornerback Ron Bartell, running back Shaun Chapas, punter Blake Clingan, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen wide receiver Corey Fuller, cornerback Chris Greenwood, offensive tackle Kevin Haslam, linebacker Brandon Hepburn, safety Tyrell Johnson, center Darren Keyton, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, safety Martavius Neloms, defensive tackles Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Xavier Proctor, and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, offensive guard Jake Scott, linebacker Chris White and wide receiver Matt Willis.
Detroit drafted Spievey in the third round in 2010 and he started 26 games over three seasons.
Season over for Johnson
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have placed safety Matt Johnson on season-ending injured reserve, deciding to keep their oft-injured fourth-round pick from last year.
Johnson was spared being cut as the Cowboys reduced their roster to 53 players Saturday. He has a left foot injury after spending all of last season on IR.
Quarterback Alex Tanney and rookie free-agent linebacker Brandon Magee, who got a $70,000 signing bonus, were among the cuts.
The other cuts were receivers Anthony Armstrong, Danny Coale and Tim Benford; running back Kendial Lawrence; defensive backs Sterling Moore, Jakar Hamilton, Xavier Brewer and Micah Pellerin; offensive linemen Edawn Coughman, Demetress Bell, Ray Dominguez and Kevin Kowalski; linebackers Taylor Reed, Cameron Lawrence and Caleb McSurdy; and defensive linemen Jerome Long, Jabari Fletcher, Thaddeus Gibson and Jason Vega.
Miller activated, Dwyer gone
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated Heath Miller off the Physically Unable to Perform list, clearing the way for the two-time Pro Bowl right end to play in the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 8.
Miller tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee last December against Cincinnati. He hinted last week he was close to a return, a major boost for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers try to bounce back from an 8-8 season. Miller caught a team-high 71 passes for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
While Miller is back, running back Jonathan Dwyer is gone.
The Steelers made Dwyer one of 22 cuts as the team pared its roster to 53 players. Dwyer led the Steelers with 623 yards rushing last season but struggled with consistency.
Falcons reach roster limit
ATLANTA -- Linebacker Robert James, a fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2008 who never started a game, was among the cuts Saturday as Atlanta reached its 53-man roster limit.
The Falcons also released receivers Darius Johnson, James Rodgers and Martel Moore, fullback Patrick DiMarco, cornerback Jordan Mabin, offensive guards Phillipkeith Manley and Jacques McClendon and defensive tackle Adam Replogle.
James was credited with one tackle in 16 games last season.
McClendon and Rodgers were members of Atlanta's practice squad last year.
On Friday, the Falcons released linebacker Brian Banks. Banks was attempting to make a late start to his NFL career after spending five years in prison on a rape conviction that was later overturned last year.
Ball among Denver cuts
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Veteran backup running back Lance Ball is among the Denver Broncos' early cuts.
Ball had a 69-yard gain on a screen pass in Denver's exhibition finale Thursday, earning a fist bump from coach John Fox.
It wasn't enough to keep Ball on the roster or his $1.323 million salary on the books, however.
The Broncos also cut wide receiver Gerell Robinson, lineman Ben Garland, cornerback Aaron Hester, linebacker Damien Holmes and defensive end John Youboty.
They have to reach their 53-man roster limit Saturday.
Robinson had five catches for 99 yards against Arizona on Thursday night, but it appears fifth-round draft pick Tavarres King will be the Broncos' fifth wide receiver.
The Broncos will likely try to add Robinson to their practice squad Sunday if he clears waivers.
Panthers waive Clausen
HARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers waived former second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen on Saturday, a move that leaves them with two quarterbacks entering the season.
NFL teams had to trim rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by Saturday.
Clausen was waived/injured. He started 10 games as a rookie in 2010 and threw for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in a 2-14 season. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following April.
Derek Anderson is Newton's backup.
Carolina also released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who'd been working as a starter most of preseason, offensive tackle Patrick Brown and linebacker Jason Williams.