The New Orleans Saints released kicker Garrett Hartley two days after he had one field goal blocked and hooked another wide in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis.

Hartley has been with the Saints since the middle of the 2008 season and made several crucial kicks during the Saints' 2009-10 run to a Super Bowl championship.

However, his career has been up-and-down since, and he has been particularly erratic this season, missing eight of 29 kicks inside 50 yards.

The Saints have not announced the move or released a statement, but the move was posted on the NFL's transaction wire Tuesday afternoon. There was no transaction or announcement indicating who would replace Hartley for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Steelers: Linebacker LaMarr Woodley was placed on injured reserve with a strained right calf, ending his season. Pittsburgh signed journeyman linebacker Jamaal Westerman to take Woodley's spot on the 53-man roster. Jason Worilds will start in Woodley's place against Green Bay on Sunday.

Hernandez sued: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been sued by the family of a man he's accused of killing. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Monday in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., according to The Herald-News, based in nearby Fall River.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.


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Reggie Rogers death: The King County Medical Examiner's Office in Seattle said former first-round draft pick Reggie Rogers' death in October was due to a combination of cocaine and alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was accidental. Rogers played at the University of Washington and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1987. His NFL career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash that killed three teenagers. Rogers' older brother, Don Rogers, played two seasons with Cleveland and died of a heart attack linked to drug use in 1986.