Saints release WR Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall's playoff drought likely will continue this season.

Marshall, who has played 178 regular-season games without having appeared in the playoffs during his 13-season career, was waived by the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, the team announced.

Marshall's playoff drought, the ninth-longest in NFL history, appeared likely to end this season with New Orleans (11-2) having clinched the NFC South title.

The veteran wide receiver, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, didn't appear in a game with the Saints. He signed with the team last month after Dez Bryant suffered a season-ending Achilles injury.

The Saints apparently didn't see enough from Marshall to activate him, despite the lack of production they have been getting from their receiving corps behind standout Michael Thomas. Rookies Tre'Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood, second-year pro Austin Carr and third-year pro Tommylee Lewis have combined for a total of seven catches over the past three games.

It's possible the Saints could get veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr. back from injured reserve in time for the playoffs. Coach Sean Payton said this week that Ginn's rehab from a knee injury has been going well.

"We feel like he is close to coming back," Payton said Thursday.

Marshall began this season with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in six games and catching 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown before he was released Nov. 1.

The Saints were Marshall's fourth team in three years and the seventh of his career. The 34-year-old veteran is 16th on the all-time list with 970 receptions and 22nd in receiving yards with 12,351. He also has 83 career touchdown catches and his six seasons of 100-plus receptions are the most in NFL history.

Payton said the Saints "still might be in a position" to bring Marshall back at some point, but needed the roster spot now to claim tight end Erik Swoope off waivers after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.

Swoope, 26, had eight catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns in seven games played for the Colts this year.

The 6-foot-5, 257-pounder was a basketball player at the University of Miami (Florida) before switching to football -- just like former Saints great Jimmy Graham. Swoope joined the Colts as an undrafted rookie in 2014, but he didn't catch his first NFL pass until 2016.

ESPN's Mike Triplett contributed to this report.