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Associated Press file photo by ANN HEISENFELT -- Minnesota Vikings inside linebacker Michael Mauti looks at the scoreboard against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 22, 2013, in Minneapolis.

The Saints are already tinkering with their roster.

After claiming two players on waivers earlier Sunday, the team let go of safety Kenny Phillips, according to a source.

Phillips had been out of football since 2012 because of knee injuries. He initially survived the first two cuts from 90 to 75 players and then 75 to 53.

The Saints also waived undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to a source. He will be eligible to return to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

New Orleans claimed linebacker Michael Mauti, who was previously with the Minnesota Vikings, and defensive end Obum Gwacham, who was with the Seahawks.

The Saints currently have Jairus Byrd and Rafael Bush at free safety. They have Kenny Vaccaro and Jamarca Sanford at strong safety.

Byrd spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list but was added to the active roster Saturday.

The timeline for his return is still not known, but the fact that he’s off the physically unable to perform list suggests New Orleans expects him back sooner than later.

If Byrd had remained on the list, he would have had to miss the first six weeks of the season.

If Byrd is unable to play this week, Bush will likely start at free safety against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Saints also released linebacker Ronald Powell from injured reserve.

Baptiste gets a look

Former second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste has found a place to continue his career.

Released by the Saints Saturday, the cornerback signed to the Lions’ practice squad Sunday. He will be eligible to sign to any team’s 53-man roster.

Jean-Baptiste played only eight snaps with the Saints last season, which coincidentally came against Detroit. He was inactive on most game days.

He started playing well early in training camp but faded as the preseason wore on, which led to his release.

Griffin claimed

It didn’t take Ryan Griffin long to find a new team.

Let go by the Saints as part of the effort to trim to roster to 53 players Saturday, the quarterback was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers. He was the first player selected off the waiver wire, according to a source.

Griffin spent the past two seasons in New Orleans. He spent most of his time serving on the practice squad but spent some time on the active roster after garnering interest from the St. Louis Rams as a rookie.

Griffin battled with Luke McCown for the backup quarterback job but ultimately lost. It became clear the loser of that battle would likely have to find a different team after the Saints selected Garrett Grayson in the third round of the draft.

In Tampa Bay, Griffin will serve as the backup to rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.

Griffin completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 264 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the preseason. McCown completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 323 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Former Saints offensive tackle Bryce Harris was claimed by the Atlanta Falcons.

Practice squad takes shape

According to various sources, the Saints have signed seven people to their practice squad: wide receivers Seantavius Jones and R.J. Harris, fullback Toben Opurum, guards Sean Hickey and Cyril Lemon, cornerback Sammy Seamster and tight end Chris Manhertz.

The team can add three more players to the practice squad.

Jones received interest from other teams but decided to return to the Saints because he likes his fit with the team and the potential for moving up to the 53-man roster, according to a source.

-- Advocate sportswriter Joel A. Erickson contributed to this report