Saints place TE Phillips on IR, cut defensive end Jones

Sean Payton speaks at a news conference. (David Goldman/AP)

METAIRIE, La. — Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has placed tight end John Phillips on injured reserve and released defensive end Jason Jones.

Payton has not disclosed Phillips’ injury, which apparently occurred before Phillips was held out of New Orleans’ third preseason game against Houston last Saturday night.

Phillips, a seven-year veteran, was acquired half way through last season.

Jones, a 10-year-veteran who has played with Tennessee, Seattle, Detroit and Miami, was signed by New Orleans as a free agent after training camp, playing in two preseason games and making one tackle.

The moves come after New Orleans traded a 2019 seventh-round draft choice to Philadelphia for veteran long snapper Jon Dorenbos.

Payton says Dorenbos will play in New Orleans’ preseason finale against Baltimore on Thursday night.