Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. The Saints have released veteran middle linebacker Barrett Ruud and re-signed cornerback Elbert Mack.

Ruud, 29, came to the Saints late in preseason when the team was short on linebackers with Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne and Chris Chamberlain out with injuries.

But Lofton and Hawthorne returned by the season opener and Ruud was never used in defensive situations, seeing the field only on special teams the past three weeks.

The Saints traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 20.

Mack, meanwhile, has been on and off the Saints roster throughout the season. He was in camp with New Orleans before being a casualty of final cuts.

He re-signed with New Orleans on Sept. 18. He then was released on Oct. 3 after the team re-signed receiver Greg Camarillo.

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