The New Orleans Saints interim general manager Ryan Pace had his hands full right off the bat when the announcement came that the suspensions for defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma had been overturned temporarily.
The club was given a roster exemption for linebacker Barrett Ruud but since Smith and Vilma were going to come back for this Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, one player had to be released.
Fullback Korey Hall was deemed the sacrificial lamb for the Saints and was released not long after the announcement came out about the player suspensions being overturned.
Hall was mainly a special teams player who had been brought in last season to compete with fellow fullback Jed Collins for the starting job. Collins won the spot hands down and frankly it was a surprise that Hall made the final roster this season since it’s rare for many teams to keep two fullbacks.
This makes the second fullback the Saints had recently that endured a nasty surprise cut. Former fullback Mike Karney was famously released the night of his rehearsal dinner prior to getting married in March 2009.
Ironically, Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who at that time was head coach of the St. Louis Rams, signed Karney to the team less than a week later. Karney is also alleged by the NFL to be one of the Saints bounty targets when they faced off against the Rams during the 2009-2010 season.