Sources: Nick Toon, Terrence Frederick among Saints players cut before deadline _lowres

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to players on the sideline in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Houston Texans in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

The first round of roster cuts has arrived.

Per NFL rules, the New Orleans Saints must cut the roster down to 75 players by 3 p.m. today.

And the day got started early. New Orleans traded return man Jalen Saunders to the New England Patriots on Tuesday morning, the first in a series of moves that must be done an hour before the Saints practice.

With so many moves expected, The Advocate will keep a running blog of the roster moves as the day advances. Keep an eye on the page.

Saints Transactions

  • Traded Jalen Saunders to New England, per source
  • Placed defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer on injured reserve, per source
  • Release wide receiver Nick Toon, per source
  • Released outside linebacker Ronald Powell, per source
  • Released cornerback Terrence Frederick, per source
  • Released fullback Erik Lorig
  • Released wide receiver R.J. Harris, per source
  • Released offensive tackle Antonio Johnson, per source
  • Released linebacker Chris Young, per source
  • Released wide receiver Lance Lewis, per source
  • Released defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster, per source
  • Released defensive tackle David Hunter, per source
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