The Saints have activated defensive end Will Smith, who was just given a temporary reprieve from his bounty suspension.
The team announced it in a flurry of moves Saturday, setting the stage for him to return to the field tomorrow against the Redskins.
They also have received roster exemptions for linebackers Barrett Ruud and Jonathan Vilma.
The Saints also released wide receiver Adrian Arrington and fullback Korey Hall, and placed rookie offensive tackle Marcel Jones on injured reserve.
Getting Smith back on the field could make a significant defense, as the Saints need all the pass rush they can find up front under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Of course, the emotional lift he’ll bring will be greater for a team that’s felt persecuted throughout this process.