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Report: Week 16 Game With New Orleans Now a Flex Option

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By David Boclair | Sports Illustrated

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans might have played themselves back into primetime.

Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reported Tuesday that the Titans and New Orleans Saints have agreed to allow additional time for league and television officials to consider whether to “flex” their Week 16 matchup at Nissan Stadium to the Sunday night game. The decision now can be made as few as six days out, a window typically reserved only for Week 17.

As of now, the contest is scheduled for noon (CST), Dec. 22 and will air on Fox.

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Saints ranked No. 3 in NFL after loss to 49ers

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“You can't ask for much more from Drew Brees against a tough San Francisco defense, but the Saints couldn't stop the 49ers when it counted,” Kaufman said.

By Simmi Buttar - AP | WWL-TV

NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens just keep on soaring.

The Ravens clinched a playoff spot last week after they held off the Buffalo Bills 24-17 for their ninth consecutive victory.

And the Ravens are again the unanimous choice as the top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll.

For the second consecutive week, the Ravens earned all 12 first-place votes for 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

“The road to the AFC championship goes through Baltimore, as the Ravens win a slugfest over the Bills to maintain control of the No. 1 seed. Lamar Jackson to the Super Bowl in Year 2? Could be,” said Newsday’s Bob Glauber.

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NFL delaying decision to flex Saints-Titans, per report

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL’s schedule is largely written in stone, but the ability to flex certain games into more prominent time slots is one of its more intuitive features. Per a report from The Atheltic’s Katherine Terrell, the NFL’s Week 16 kickoff between the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans is under consideration for a move into the limelight. But a decision won’t be made just yet.

Per NFL rules, the corporations under contract to broadcast games are allowed a 12-day window with which to decide whether a game will get flexed into a different time slot — except in Week 17, when that decision is made in just 6 days. However, in this case all parties involved (the NFL and the relevant broadcast partners) agreed to reach a decision in 6 days rather than the full 12-day allotment. That’s obviously not great for fans who have to adjust their travel plans on such short notice, but that’s showbiz. ...

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Report: Marcus Davenport's year is over with foot injury

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Disaster struck the New Orleans Saints defense on Tuesday, with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reporting that starting defensive end Marcus Davenport is expected to go under the knife to repair a ‘significant’ foot injury that will end his season. Davenport suffered the injury in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. An earlier report from The Athletic’s Nick Underhill confirmed Davenport was dealing with a foot injury, but the severity was unclear at the time.

It’s a huge loss for the Saints, who invested two first-round draft picks in Davenport last season. He was really coming along in his second year with the team and currently ranks second-best in both sacks (6) and quarterback hits (16), with three sacks in his last three games. He had played 534 snaps on defense and made 76 appearances on special teams in 2019.

Foot issues have been a problem for Davenport early in his NFL career. He suffered a grade three turf toe injury last year, which cost him three games and required corrective surgery after the season ended. The nature and exact significance of his current injury is unknown, and it could be a day or two before the Saints release any new information. Saints coach Sean Payton is notoriously tight-lipped with player medical details. ...

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Saints place Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve

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The New Orleans Saints have placed both defensive end Marcus Davenport and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve, according to Wednesday's transactions report.

Both Davenport and Rankins went down with injuries on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Davenport had an apparent foot injury in the fourth quarter, while Rankins had an ankle injury in the first quarter. Rankins' injury is not related to the Achilles tendon injury he sustained last...
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Rich McKay acknowledges “angst” with pass interference rule

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Expanded replay for pass interference was supposed to fix a problem. But while trying to right the wrong from the NFC Championship Game last January, the NFL arguably made things worse not better.

Sunday offered another week, another controversy. Or two. Or three.

Al Riveron, the NFL’s officiating supervisor, dropped a flag against the Dolphins after an automatic booth review late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Jets to kick the game-winning field goal...
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Sheldon Rankins out for year, Noah Spence in for depth

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With news already breaking that Marcus Davenport would likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season and postseason due to a foot injury insured last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it appears the hits keep on coming.

Former fellow first round pick Sheldon Rankins - he of the only one first round pick used to acquire him - is now set to miss the remainder of the year as well due to an injured ankle.

The Saints acted quickly yesterday, likely anticipating these...
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Reports: Saints lose Sheldon Rankins to ankle injury, add Noah Spence to depleted defensive line

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The losses keep coming for the Saints defensive after the heart-breaking defeat in a shootout against the 49ers.

News broke Tuesday that starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had been lost for the year due to a Lisfranc fracture. A day later, it appears defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins may have a season-ending ankle injury.

Both defensive linemen were injured in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

To help replace the depth, New Orleans had reportedly...
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Saints sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After seeing multiple players along the defensive line sustain serious injuries last week, the New Orleans Saints addressed the position by signing one of the top available players, Noah Spence, according to an NFL Network report.

The signing figures to bolster the Saints at defensive end in particular, after second-year player Marcus Davenport was lost for the season with a foot injury.

Spence most recently played in a reserve role for the Washington Redskins...
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Source: Saints D takes a hit with Davenport loss

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' last-second loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday proved even costlier than it seemed.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport will have season-ending foot surgery after being injured in the second half, and starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins also suffered an ankle injury in the 48-46 defeat, a source confirmed Wednesday.

The Saints will sign veteran defensive end Noah Spence as a replacement for Davenport, a source...
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Saints may lose Davenport for rest of season with foot injury

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Fresh off their worst defensive outing of the season, the Saints received unfortunate news.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport suffered a significant foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, per sources informed of the situation.

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Saints signing former Buc Noah Spence

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The Saints need some reinforcements on defense, and they signed a former division foe to help fill in.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Saints are signing defensive end Noah Spence.

The former Buccaneers second-rounder was with Washington earlier this year but was released in November.

He once showed great promise as a pass-rusher, with 5.5 sacks as a rookie in 2016. He has two since then.

The Saints can’t be too picky at the moment, after losing...
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Saints unchanged despite loss in Week 15 Power Rankings

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Week 15 of the NFL regular season is almost upon us. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (change from last week’s ranking is in parentheses)
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Sheldon Rankins could miss the remainder of the season with a right ankle injury: source

  • News source: By LUKE JOHNSON | Staff Writer
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Though Sheldon Rankins has not officially made a decision on how to proceed, there is a possibility the New Orleans Saints defensive tackle's season came to a premature end Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Rankins, who played just nine defensive snaps Sunday and did not emerge from the locker room after halftime, is still evaluating his options according to a league source.

This comes a day after it was reported defensive end Marcus Davenport needs...
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Report: Sheldon Rankins has “significant” ankle injury

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The Saints defensive line may be down two players for the rest of the season.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport is set to miss the rest of the year after hurting his foot last Sunday and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins may be set for the same fate.

Rankins hurt his ankle in the loss to the 49ers and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it is a “significant” injury. He adds that it doesn’t look like Rankins will be able to make it back on the field this year.

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NFL MVP stock watch: Jackson's historic campaign, and who is still in the race

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The NFL's MVP race is in a full-on sprint toward the finish line with the final quarter of the 2019 season underway.

Not a whole lot has changed since we last looked at the field of candidates, especially among the front-runners. Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson spent the past month jockeying for positioning as the recurring favorites, but the second-year Ravens star has undeniably taken a leap ahead of his competition as the most dynamic quarterback...
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