Sean Payton: Keenan Lewis’ release by Saints came down to ‘availability’

Based on Sean Payton’s comments Saturday night, it was apparent that he and the New Orleans Saints had grown weary of waiting for cornerback Keenan Lewis to get back on the practice field with a lingering hip/sports-hernia injury.

Payton said the decision to release Lewis ultimately came down to “availability.”

“You know, he’s 52 weeks post-surgery,” Payton said — a reference to Lewis’ original surgery around this time last year. “We wish him well. I think ultimately it was just trying to get him on the field. It’s just been … it seems like a long time.”

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