NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The New Orleans Saints have claimed wide receiver Ryan Thelwell off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thelwell was originally drafted in the seventh round in 1998 by the San Francisco 49ers. He was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers following his release by San Francisco on the final roster cut.

He was signed to San Diego's practice squad and activated later in the season, playing in six games, starting three.

He finished the season with 16 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown.