Saints bring back veteran DT Clancy

METAIRIE, La. -- The Saints have brought back veteran defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, who spent the past three seasons with New Orleans but missed most of last season with an injury.

The 32-year-old practiced for the first time with the Saints on Monday afternoon.

Clancy entered 2009 as a projected starter but hurt his right knee in the season opener. He then lost his job to Remi Ayodele and later was placed on injured reserve.

The *Times-Picayune* reports that Clancy began talking with teams earlier this month once he was healthy enough to pass a physical, which he passed on Saturday, according to Clancy's agent.

The 10-year veteran spent the first five seasons of his career with the Steelers and also played for the Giants and Cardinals before joining the Saints in 2007.

The addition of the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Clancy, who had a solid reputation as a run defender, will place pressure on 2008 fifth-round draft pick DeMario Pressley and rookie fourth-round choice Al Woods.

The Saints' roster stood at 77 on Monday. It must be down to 75 by Tuesday afternoon and 53 by Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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