NEW ORLEANS -- Running back Antonio Pittman, the Saints' fourth-round draft choice, was among 12 players cut by New Orleans on Saturday.
Quarterback Tyler Palko was also cut, although he appeared to be a strong candidate for the team's practice squad should he clear waivers.
Also waived by the Saints were: safety Curry Burns; guard Tim Duckworth; fullback Kevin Dudley; defensive end Willie Evans; wide receiver Tramain Hall; cornerback and fifth-round draft choice David Jones; linebacker Marvin Mitchell; cornerback Anwar Phillips; safety Chris Reis; and guard Dave Yovanovits.
Once those players clear waivers, the Saints may sign up to eight of them back onto their practice squad. Palko is a likely candidate, given that New Orleans has only two quarterbacks on its active roster.
Palko was the Saints' third quarterback until the final day of the preseason, but turned in a dismal performance, including mishandling three snaps, during the second half of New Orleans' final preseason game -- a 7-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night.
The Saints also terminated the contract of defensive end Anton Palepoi, making him an immediate free agent.
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