The Saints lost another backup tight end to a leave of absence.
Vander Laan signed to the Saints’ practice squad Oct. 23 as an insurance policy while Jared Cook was out with an ankle injury. He earned a promotion to the 53-player roster Nov. 25.
Vander Laan played two games with one start, returning one kickoff for 8 yards. He played 21 offensive snaps and 21 on special teams before going on injured reserve with a head injury.
He also has spent time with the Jets, Colts, Panthers and Patriots.