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