Saints release Brandon Coleman with failed physical designation

Brandon Coleman is no longer a member of the Saints.

New Orleans cut the 26-year-old wide receiver Sunday, according to ESPN. Coleman was released with a failed physical designation, the report says.

Coleman, who suffered a neck injury in the playoffs last season, opened the season on the physically unable to perform list, and although he had been spotted on the sidelines working with trainers, the Saints apparently decided to release him.

Undrafted out of Rutgers, the 6-foot-6 Coleman spent a year on the New Orleans practice squad in 2014, then ascended to the active roster in 2015 and carved out a spot in the wide receiver rotation.

A big body and a willing blocker, Coleman caught 79 passes for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons, and a year ago, he finished second among Saints wide receivers by playing 650 snaps.

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After a couple of seasons of turnover at the position, Coleman was the longest-tenured wide receiver on the roster, but he faced a long road to the 53-man roster this season due to a glut of additions.

New Orleans lured Cameron Meredith away from the Bears in free agency, drafted Tre’Quan Smith in the third round and picked up veterans like Michael Floyd and Josh Huff on minimal contracts. With Coleman unable to get on the field, he faced an uphill climb if he was able to get healthy.

Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters after Sunday night’s practice that Coleman is dealing with hip and neck injuries, and he suggested that the door would stay open for a return down the road.

“I would anticipate it’s not the last time you will see him,” Payton said.

The Saints re-signed veteran tight end John Phillips and safety Rickey Jefferson to fill the roster spots.

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