New Orleans Saints release wide receiver Adrian Arrington


May 31, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Adrian Arrington (87) during organized team activities at the team

In a surprise move the New Orleans Saints have waived wide receiver Adrian Arrington today in the wake of the reinstatement of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith.

Arrington has been with the Saints since becoming a seventh round draft choice during the 2008 NFL draft. The Saints traded a 2009 sixth round pick to get back into the seventh and select him.

Injuries have plagued Arrington through out his time in New Orleans, and he has primarily been on the practice squad but has enjoyed stints on the regular roster.

His most significant game action came in 2010 when he appeared in the last game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and caught seven passes for a team-high 79 yards.

After the departure of Robert Meachem in free agency to the San Diego Chargers this year, Arrington was the favorite to secure the fourth receiver spot behind Marques Colston, Lance Moore, and Devery Henderson.

Arrington performed exceptionally well during training camp, but suffered a torn meniscus that required surgery and kept him out of all five preseason matches.

He made the final roster regardless, and had been listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with knee soreness.

New Orleans also waived full back Korey Hall yesterday to clear room for defensive end Will Smith, who is expected to play tomorrow.

The Saints may not yet be done with Arrington, and he could return to the team at a later date.