With an important showdown looming this weekend against the Chicago Bears, the New Orleans Saints have decided to part ways with Stephone Anthony. This will end his second stint with the team.
New Orleans signed Anthony to fill in for Kaden Elliss, who tore his ACL in Week 3 against Seattle.
Anthony was brought in to play a role on special teams. His time as a three-down linebacker in the NFL appears to be over for now.
Despite not adding another linebacker to take his place, the Saints have released Anthony.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero is reporting that Anthony could rejoin the Saints in the near future.
Since New Orleans waited until Wednesday to release the former first-round pick, he’ll get paid for this week.
The #Saints are releasing veteran LB Stephone Anthony, source said, but they’ll likely re-sign him in the coming weeks. Made it to Wednesday before the roster move so he gets paid this week.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 16, 2019
The Saints have signed running back Zach Zenner, who will take Anthony’s spot on the roster. He’ll serve as an insurance policy just in case Alvin Kamara cannot play this weekend.
Now that Anthony isn’t a member of the Saints any longer, the team’s linebacker corps consists of A.J. Klein, Demario Davis, Craig Robertson, Kiko Alonso and Ray-Ray Armstrong.
It’s possible that New Orleans isn’t done making moves to its roster just yet as the trade deadline is only two weeks away.