Saints release safety Kenny Phillips

The New Orleans Saints have released veteran safety Kenny Phillips, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Phillips, who started three games for the Saints this season, is likely being released to make room for punter Brandon Fields, who will fill in for an injured Thomas Morstead.

Morstead strained his quad against the Cowboys, according to coach Sean Payton. If the injury isn't long-term, the Saints will likely keep two punters on the roster until he is healthy.

Phillips' release is also good news for safety Jairus Byrd, who returned in a limited capacity against the Cowboys after being out a year with a knee injury. It's a sign that Byrd is likely ready to resume his full role this weekend against the Eagles.

Phillips was released following training camp while the Saints played an numbers game with their roster, but returned Week 2 after starting free safety Rafael Bush went on injured reserve. Phillips filled in as the starter until Byrd was ready to return in Week 4. 

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