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Saints' P.J. Williams suspended 2 games for violating substance abuse policy

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will be without their top nickel cornerback, P.J. Williams, for the next two weeks. He was suspended two games for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse, stemming from a January arrest.

Williams was initially charged with driving while intoxicated. But the case was resolved in August when he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Williams, 26, has played more than 80% of the Saints' snaps this year, with two passes defensed and a sack while starting five of their six games. However, the Saints have good depth in their secondary behind him. ...

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Biggest Week 7 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: The return of Barkley, Singletary and Trubisky?

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Some fantasy-relevant players -- including Saquon Barkley, Devin Singletary and Mitchell Trubisky -- could be suiting up again in Week 7.

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Trade targets for all 32 NFL teams: Who could get dealt at the deadline?

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With the Oct. 29 trade deadline looming, we asked our 32 NFL Nation reporters to pick potential trade targets for every team. That means veterans who can't get on the field, players who have overstayed their welcomes and guys who just need a change of scenery.

A few of the names mentioned? Patrick Peterson, Leonard Williams and Trent Williams. Here are 32 viable candidates -- one for every team -- who could be dealt before the deadline:

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Saints at Bears Wednesday Injury Report: Jared Cook DNP

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Not practicing for the Saints were QB Drew Brees (Right Thumb), WR Tre’Quan Smith (Ankle), RB Alvin Kamara (Knee/Ankle), and TE Jared Cook (Ankle).

DE Trey Hendrickson (Neck) was limited.

Bears DT Akiem Hicks was placed on IR this week.

For the Bears LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Hamstring) and OL Ted Larsen (Knee) were limited.

WR Taylor Gabriel (Concussion), DT Bilal Nichols (Hand), and QB Mitchell Trubisky (Left Shoulder) were all full.
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No practice for Alvin Kamara due to ankle, knee injuries

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints running back Alvin Kamara reportedly was expected to be limited in practice this week with a “high-ankle-type issue.” As it turns out, he didn’t practice at all on Wednesday, due to an ankle injury and something else.

Kamara missed practice with both ankle and knee injuries, according to the team’s official report.

He played on Sunday against the Saints despite being questionable with the ankle injury. He had fewer than 60 yards from scrimmage in the 13-6...
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Saints reaping the benefits of their investment in a deep and talented defensive line

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are a lot of ways to boil down the successes of the New Orleans Saints defensive line through six games, but start with this simple explanation from the guy who has been preparing for that unit this week.

“There’s guys coming from everywhere, and it doesn’t matter who’s out there,” said Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Eight Saints defensive linemen have played at least 23 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, and just about all of them have...
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C.J. Gardner-Johnson ready to step up in P.J. Williams' absence

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson says he's ready to see the field even more in the coming weeks, as he's approaching these next two weeks like he's the New Orleans Saints' starting nickelback.

P.J. Williams, the Saints' starting nickelback, is suspended for the next two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arrested three days after the NFC Championship game for driving while intoxicated and a few other offenses. He pleaded guilty in...
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Mitchell Trubisky has a full practice Wednesday

  • News source: Charean Williams
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He’s back.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears were “cautiously optimistic” they will have Mitchell Trubisky back under center Sunday. After Wednesday’s practice, they should feel even better about it.

The team’s starting quarterback had a full practice, putting him on track to return against the Saints.

He has missed most of the past two games after dislocating his left shoulder on the opening drive of the Sept. 29 game against the Vikings.

“It’s been tough,” Trubisky...
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Saints RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Cook among players not at practice due to injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook both missed practice due to injuries, according to Wednesday's injury report.

Kamara is dealing with two ailments, one to an ankle and one to a knee. Cook missed practice to to an ankle injury.

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged Kamara's injuries after the Jacksonville game, saying Kamara's ankle was swollen before the game and that he tweaked the knee during the game.

Additionally, wide...
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Saints, LSU and Tulane collectively are in their greatest era ever

  • News source: Les East
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NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints are in sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

The LSU Tigers are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country.

The Tulane Green Wave are 5-1, ranked No. 26 in the country and tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference West Division.

These are unprecedented times for the three football teams of most interest to the Crescent City.

This all started last season when the Saints went 13-3 in the regular season...
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Saints sign RB Zach Zenner, release LB Stephone Anthony

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The New Orleans Saints signed running back Zach Zenner and released linebacker Stephone Anthony, NFL Network reported Wednesday.


The 5-foot-11, 221-pound Zenner, who played in 36 games over four seasons with the Detroit Lions, was signed as Alvin Kamara deals with knee and ankle injuries. Zenner has 685 yards and eight touchdowns plus 27 catches for 263 yards in his career.

Anthony, the former Saints first round pick, played the past three games on special teams...
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Watch: Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. clears 20 mph vs. Jaguars, among NFL's fastest in Week 6

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Ted Ginn Jr. is known to confidently challenge younger NFL players to big-money footraces -- and that includes former college sprinters.

He showed why, at 34 years old, he's as confident as ever in the Saints' win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ginn was tracked as one of the five-fasted players across all the NFL's Week 6 games, according to a post from the NFL's NextGenStats, which tracks advanced statistics around the league.

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Saints to sign running back Zach Zenner

  • News source: BobRose
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According to multiple sources and first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the New Orleans Saints have signed running back Zach Zenner Wednesday afternoon. The signing came after the team had reportedly worked out former Saint back Travaris Cadet. To make room for Zenner, the Saints released linebacker Stephone Anthony. Zenner's signing is to give the team depth at the position, with the status of Alvin Kamara perhaps in doubt with knee and ankle injuries...
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Saints sign RB Zach Zenner ahead of Bears game; LB Stephone Anthony released: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints signed running back Zach Zenner and released linebacker Stephone Anthony Wednesday, according to separate NFL Network reports.

The team is expected to announce one more transaction Wednesday to fill the roster spot vacated by defensive back P.J. Williams while he serves a two-game suspension.

Zenner provides the team some insurance in case running back Alvin Kamara is required to miss any time with an ankle injury. He played his first four...
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Saints cutting Stephone Anthony, signing Zach Zenner

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints must have a positional need to fill, and they’ve found a guy to help them clear a spot.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Saints are releasing linebacker Stephone Anthony.

There’s apparently a clear sense they’ll bring him back at some point, so this looks like short-term cover. They’re a little undermanned in the backfield at the moment, with running back Alvin Kamara dealing with some degree of ankle injury.

The Saints drafted Anthony in...
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Bears “cautiously optimistic” Mitchell Trubisky will play this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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It looks like Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is going to be back in the starting lineup this week.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said at his Wednesday press conference that the team is “cautiously optimistic” that Trubisky’s left shoulder injury has recovered to the point that he’ll play against the Saints. Trubisky was injured in Week Four and did not play in the team’s Week Five loss to the Raiders.

For his part, Trubisky said that he feels “close” to 100...
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