Saints cut 6 including Hamilton
Sean Payton said it was a most difficult cut.

The Saints coach cut veteran running back Lynell Hamilton. Hamilton was making a comeback after knee surgery. He tore his ACL in practice last August at New England.

Payton said of Hamilton, " "He's what we point to as the kind of player we are looking for. It was becoming more difficult with these young running backs. It was one we made. I think the world of him."

Hamilton played his first game as a Saint in 2008.

The other cuts were all street free agents. They were tight end Harry Flaherty, offensive tackle Mike Smith, offensive tackle Coy Beilby, quarterback Ryan Colburn, and running back C.J. Gable.

The Saints also signed veteran free agent cornerback Trumaine McBride.

Earlier Thursday, NFL players ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. That ratification allowed veteran free agents who had signed new contracts to practice for the first time.

Among Saints working for the first time Thursday were wide receiver Lance Moore and running back Darren Sproles.

The new collective bargaining agreement allows the league to test players for human growth hormone.