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More Pain for Saints: Another Officiating Error and an Injury to Drew Brees

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By Ben Shpgel | New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Sean Payton coped by quarantining himself for three days. He binged Netflix programming (“Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and “You”) and scarfed Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. He could excavate his grief, compartmentalizing but not forgetting — really, you can’t forget an injustice like that — because the officiating debacle that most likely denied his New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl berth occurred in their final game of the season.

Yet Payton, the Saints’ head coach, watched another blown call benefit the Los Angeles Rams and infuriate his team again on Sunday, nullifying a go-ahead touchdown in the first half. This time, he and the Saints did not have an off-season to work through their emotions. More than two quarters remained, and the Saints’ star quarterback, Drew Brees, loitered on the sideline, out with a hand injury.

As it did in the teams’ last matchup eight months ago, New Orleans lost to the Rams, and at this stage all the Saints want is a game officiated fairly, without human error contributing to their demise.

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Officials have another major error in Saints-Rams game, Twitter explodes as refs take TD away from New Orleans

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints were affected by an officials call in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Stop if you heard that one before. This time, a touchdown was taken away from the Saints in a game devoid of them. The Rams were driving deep in Saints territory midway through the second quarter when Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff fumbled the football on a 3rd-and-7 at the New Orleans 11 yard line. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan recovered the fumble and returned it 87 yards for the touchdown, but the play was ruled dead after Jordan recovered the fumble.

The initial ruling by the officials was incomplete pass by Goff, giving the Rams a 4th-and-7 at the 11. The officials reviewed the play after Saints head coach Sean Payton challenged the incomplete pass. The play was reversed, but the Saints were not ruled with a touchdown since the play was ruled dead via the whistle.


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Drew Brees to meet with specialist about thumb, says injury felt 'a bit more significant'

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LOS ANGELES -- Drew Brees says he had X-rays done on thumb injured during the Saints' loss to the Los Angeles Rams and is waiting to meet with a hand specialist in Los Angeles for further evaluation.

Midway through the first quarter on the Saints' second offensive series, Brees injured his thumb on his throwing hand when it collided with Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald's hand on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook.

"You're hitting your hands on stuff all the time...
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Drew Brees: I’m concerned, will see hand specialist

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with reporters after Sunday’s 27-9 loss to the Rams and discussed the injury to his right thumb that knocked him out of the game in the first quarter.

Brees said that he has gone for X-rays on his thumb. He said he didn’t know at this point how severely he’s injured and that he’ll be meeting with a hand specialist soon.

“I’m concerned. I hope it’s not significant,” Brees said, via Garland Gillen of FOX 8.

Teddy Bridgewater...
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Drew Brees Exits with Right Thumb Injury, Saints Fall to Rams 27-9

  • News source: JR Ella
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After escaping the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a last minute 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans last Monday night, the New Orleans Saints were faced with an even more daunting challenge, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in L.A. in week two of the NFL season.

A low-scoring affair early, the biggest storyline of the game is that quarterback Drew Brees exited the field with a right thumb injury just after two series. He was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater, who showed...
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Extent of Drew Brees' injured thumb unknown; Sean Payton says update to come

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Drew Brees will go through the full medical procedure to evaluate the thumb on his throwing hand after injuring it, Saints coach Sean Payton said after New Orleans' 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.

Payton gave few specifics about Brees' injury during his postgame news conference — brushing off questions about if the 19-year quarterback had an MRI or x-ray done after the injury happened during the game.

"It was a thumb (injury)," Payton said...
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Walker: Drew Brees' injury and another blown call ... misery for Saints and their in loss to Rams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — If you thought it couldn't happen again, you were wrong.

If you thought Sunday was the day you'd get to finally move past the no-call in January and throw away the striped shirts you went out and bought after the NFC championship game, think again.

The refs blew a call again, putting an asterisk on a Saints vs. Rams game for the second time in nine months.

A game that was supposed to make everyone forget about the debacle in January all of a sudden...
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Saints will have Drew Brees update when time is right

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Head coach Sean Payton has a new five-year contract with the Saints, but Sunday didn’t offer much of a chance for Payton to celebrate.

The Saints played most of Sunday’s game without quarterback Drew Brees and there was no immediate word after the 27-9 loss to the Rams about how much longer they’ll be without him.

Brees hurt his right thumb when he banged it into Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald while throwing a pass in the first quarter of the game.

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Rams roll over Drew Brees-less Saints

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Rams have a 2-0 record and the Saints have some worrying to do about their quarterback.

The Rams broke open a 6-6 game with three second half touchdowns to get a 27-9 win over the Saints on Sunday afternoon. The icing on the cake came when wide receiver Cooper Kupp ran through, over and around several Saints defenders for a 66-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Jared Goff snuck the ball in one play later and the Rams were in cruise control from there...
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Brutal day in L.A. leads to Brees injury, 27-9 loss for Saints

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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So much for the theory of how good teams make their own breaks and get the calls.

The New Orleans Saints, thought by everyone not named Collin Cowherd to be a good team, suffered a terrible break and another terrible call Sunday in Los Angeles.

Everyone involved with the Saints wanted the talk about the NOLA No-Call to end, to go away. So much for that!

The day started with Sean Payton signing a five-year contract extension through 2024.

Marcus Peters ripped off...
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Saints lose game, QB Drew Brees in injury-riddled contest against Rams

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped back to pass like he has done thousands of times before.

But on third-and-8 midway through the first quarter Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Brees' intended pass for tight end Jared Cook went uncharacteristically off the mark. And on that play, formidable Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Aaron Donald caught Brees' throwing hand.

Brees injured his thumb and didn't return to the game, which...
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Saints suffer another officiating error vs. Rams

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LOS ANGELES -- Believe it or not, the New Orleans Saints were victims of yet another officiating error in their Week 2 rematch against the Los Angeles Rams. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan appeared to return a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter Sunday. But officials initially ruled the play as an incomplete pass by Jared Goff, so they whistled the play dead.

The Saints challenged the call, and replay showed that Goff indeed fumbled the...
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Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith injured after big play in fourth quarter vs. Rams

  • News source: Staff report
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith is being checked out in the team's medical tent in the fourth quarter vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith was injured after making a big catch for the Saints while trailing by two touchdowns — catching a 28 yard pass before he was brought down awkwardly by Rams safety Eric Weddle.

Smith was seen heading to the locker room after the injury.

More to come.
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Saints LB A.J. Klein back in play vs. Rams after heading to locker room for injury evaluation

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Saints linebacker A.J. Klein momentarily left Sunday's clash vs. the Los Angeles Rams with an injury but has since returned to action.

Klein went down late in the third quarter and trainers were seen checking out his right knee. He was then helped off the field and went straight to the team's locker room.

He later returned to play in the fourth quarter. Klein was replaced by the newly-acquired Kiko Alonso while he was being evaluated.

Alonso came to New Orleans...
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As Saints face off against Rams, here's what Steve Gleason, New Orleans police say about reffing

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The Saints played a long-anticipated rematch against the Rams Sunday, but the game was quickly marked by injuries and contested calls.

After the now-infamous NFC championship game in January, Saints fans regularly wear referee shirts in protest of a game-changing call by the refs.

A blown call — this time on a fumble recovery ran back for a touchdown — ended up costing the Saints a chance to take a 7-point lead vs. the Rams.

New Orleans fans took to social media...
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Rams extend lead to 14 points before end of third quarter

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Rams and Saints were playing a defensive slugfest for most of the first three quarters, but the Rams opened up a sizable lead over the final minutes of the third quarter.

Jared Goff found Brandin Cooks for a two-yard touchdown less than five minutes after Todd Gurley‘s four-yard touchdown run broke a 6-6 tie. That puts the Rams up 20-6 at the end of three quarters against a Saints team that’s playing without quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees left the game with a...
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Tyler Higbee, Andrus Peat, Austin Blythe leave with injuries in L.A.

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Defensive tackle Aaron Donald returned to Sunday’s game against the Saints, but the Rams have seen a couple of other starters knocked out of action.

Right guard Austin Blythe needed the help of a cart to get to the locker room after injuring his ankle at the end of the first half. Jamil Demby replaced him and remains in the game in the second half.

The team also announced that tight end Tyler Higbee is out for the rest of the day with a chest injury. He had two...
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