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Saints release veteran CB McKenzie, who has struggled with injuries

  • By Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have cut cornerback Mike McKenzie, the team announced Thursday.

Mike McKenzie , CB

2008 Statistics
Games/Starts: 7/6
Tackles: 22
Interceptions: 1

McKenzie, 32, played five seasons with the Saints after they acquired him in a 2004 trade with the Green Bay Packers. The 11-year NFL veteran started 62 of his 63 games with New Orleans, recording 186 tackles, 41 passes defensed, 12 interceptions and one forced fumble.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement released by the team that the decision to release McKenzie was difficult.

"Mike has been a standout performer for the Saints both on and off the field during his career with the Saints," Loomis said. "We wish him well in his future."

The past two seasons were tough for McKenzie, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the 2007 season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. He returned for the 2008 season, playing seven games, before suffering a fractured right patella while making a tackle during a November game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

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