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Reports: Saints believe Eli Apple hyperextended his knee

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Disaster nearly struck the New Orleans Saints late in their game against the Chicago Bears when starting cornerback Eli Apple slipped on a piece of the turf at Soldier Field, injuring his knee. He immediately limped to the Saints locker room flanked by team medical staff, and while Apple expressed optimism in the locker room after the game, he wouldn’t go into specifics on his condition.

John Hendrix of SB Nation first reported that the Saints initially believed Apple simply hyperextended his knee, escaping major injury. Nick Underhill of The Athletic also reported the same diagnosis.

However, it’s too soon to know for sure what Apple’s experiencing. He’ll be returning with his teammates to New Orleans late Sunday night, and should undergo further evaluation from Saints team doctors on Monday to get a better idea of his status. He has until Tuesday to begin practicing, so keep an eye on the injury report.

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Transcript: Coach Sean Payton weekly conference call - October 21, 2019

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How did you think the offensive line played yesterday?
“I thought last night was one of their better games against a good front and I thought and I mentioned afterwards, I felt like we did a good job of neutralizing the pass rush to some extent and it's obviously a difficult team to do that against. I thought we ran the ball pretty efficiently, I was encouraged, I thought that was going to be an important part of winning that game.”

How much does that speak to how well they've adapted to the way games are being officiated now?
“I think there are a handful of things. I think that is part of it and then I would also say, when you insert a new center and you are starting off the season and playing a new quarterback that can impact not only the center and the quarterback position, but that can impact the other four guys in the front, relative to your cadence, relative to what you are wanting to do with your, scheme run or pass. I just know each series finishes and you can sense a confidence in how they are playing. I think we have tremendous leadership there with Terron (Armstead), Larry (Warford), Ryan (Ramczyk) and Andrus (Peat). Those guys have all are experienced, good players and I think that I just felt that during the game yesterday.” ...

NFL Power Rankings: Sorry 49ers, but Saints are the NFC's best team

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By Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

Admit it: You thought the New Orleans Saints would fade without Drew Brees.

It’s fine. That’s the normal reaction when a team loses an all-time great quarterback. Those teams just hang on and hope for the best. And usually, they collapse.

It’s very rare to see a team go on a winning streak with a Hall of Fame quarterback out, but that’s what the Saints have done. And in the process, Saints coach Sean Payton has solidified his legacy and it’s pretty clear New Orleans is a Super Bowl contender. They’ve strengthened that position without Brees, which nobody expected.

This isn’t a situation in which a quarterback controversy has emerged. The Saints are 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater starting, and he has done his job managing games and contributing to wins. Yet, everyone knows Brees will make the Saints better. That’s a little scary.

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Latavius Murray leads punishing second-half run game for New Orleans Saints against Bears

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Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears is what Latavius Murray was built for.

“I just think with my size and my style of play, those are the kinds of games that a big back like myself should be able to make an impact,” he said.

And the 36-25 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field had his fingerprints all over it.

Murray (6 feet 3, 230 pounds) and the Saints’ offensive line hammered Chicago’s defense in the second half, as New Orleans (6-1) won its fifth straight game and remained in first place in the NFC South Division.

There was no actual waving of a white flag. But in the second half, especially, it was clear which team controlled the imposition of will, and which team was forced to accept it. ...

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Saints working out free agent cornerback Kayvon Webster

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints secondary suffered a series of hits on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Reserve safety and special teams ace J.T. Gray exited the game early with a lower-leg injury, and veteran backup cornerback Patrick Robinson followed him to the trainers’ table minutes later after hurting his hamstring. To top it off, starting cornerback Eli Apple didn’t finish the game after injuring his knee; the Saints reportedly believed it to be a minor hyperextension, but he’s undergoing further evaluations on Monday.

Additionally, starting nickel corner P.J. Williams is suspended another week for an offseason DUI charge, leaving them with just a handful of defensive backs on the roster, and just two experienced cornerbacks: Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley. That’s not ideal. So it’s clear that the Saints could use some help on the back end. ...

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Patriots vs. Jets: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New York Jets host the New England Patriots tonight in the Garden State. While the Jets are coming off a surprising win last week, the Pats are coming off winning, well, every week. Will the Pats let the home team hang in this one for a while? Can the Jets make this game interesting? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!
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Saints' FB-to-QB option had its roots in Dallas ... and in Zach Line's high school resumé

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Not everyone gets to relive their high school glory days, but the New Orleans Saints gave fullback Zach Line that chance in a big moment Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

It was the latest example of coach Sean Payton getting creative to create an explosive play opportunity for an offense that was missing a couple explosive players: In the third quarter, facing a third-and-1 from the Bears 44, Payton dialed up an option with Line serving as the pitch man and backup...
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'Tremendous' Saints defense limiting teams to historic lows through Week 7

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears tried running the football.

On the first play of the game, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky handed the ball to running back Tarik Cohen, but New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson stopped Cohen after he gained 1 yard.

Chicago's next three rushes, no gain, then 2 yards and then 1 yard before safety Vonn Bell forced and recovered a fumble.

After that, the Bears rushed the ball just three more times, totaling just 17 yards rushing...
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The MVP race remains wide open

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Not long ago, the candidates for the 2019 NFL MVP award consisted of Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson. Now, Mahomes’ injury could make his own chance at winning the award a much more difficult proposition.

So with seven weeks in the bag, let’s look at the candidates as of right now. It’s a snapshot that we’ll take, perhaps every week, in order to figure out who really is in the running for this award.

The Leading Contenders...
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Reggie Bush and Marques Colston to appear Sunday morning at Saints Hall of Fame Museum

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Former New Orleans Saints greats Reggie Bush and Marques Colston will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum this Sunday, October 27 from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

The signing will end promptly at 11:15 a.m. so those who would like to get autographs are strongly encouraged to show up early.

Bush and Colston are being formally inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame Saturday evening, prior to the Sunday appearance.

The second overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Saints...
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Saints working out cornerback Kayvon Webster

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints may have lost a cornerback late in last night’s win over the Bears, so they’re already looking at potential replacements.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints are bringing in veteran cornerback Kayvon Webster for a visit today.

Webster was in camp with them this summer, so he’s at least a known commodity. He spent last year with the Texans, and has also played for the Rams and Broncos.

Eli Apple suffered a knee injury late in the game, and it’s...
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Week 7 snap counts: Latavius Murray, C.J. Gardner-Johnson step up

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — Rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson said on Wednesday that he was ready to step up to the occasion after starting cornerback P.J. Williams was suspended.

On Sunday, the Florida product played on 59 of the Saints' defensive snaps and 20 special teams plays, racking up more playing time than any other New Orleans player.

Gardner-Johnson officially got the start as well, lining up with cornerback Marshon Lattimore, cornerback Eli Apple, safety Vonn Bell and...
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Game balls from the Saints 36-25 pummeling of the Bears

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The New Orleans Saints won their fifth game in a row, moving their record to 6-1 with a 36-25 pounding on the road of the Chicago Bears. The Saints were in firm control of the game from the opening moments, and delivered dominating performances on both sides of the ball. They administered this beating not only without Drew Brees once again, but also without injured offensive stars Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook. New Orleans got their day started by forcing the Bears...
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3 Ups and 1 Down from yesterday’s win over the Bears

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The final score does not do justice for this game. The Saints dominated throughout.

It was still a roller coast of a game, though, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way, though. Here are a few that stood out:

Up: Coaching

The New Orleans Saints had no business winning this game on paper. They were without their Hall of Fame quarterback, one of the most electric running backs in the game, their top receiving tight end (coming off back-to-back weeks with a...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: “Teddy Two Gloves” Tames the Bears

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Good morning Y’all

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start...
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Mitchell Trubisky: We’re just searching offensively

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The Bears had quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back in the lineup on Sunday, but his return from a left shoulder injury didn’t result in an offensive spark against the Saints.

New Orleans won 36-25 and that’s a bit deceiving as the Bears had just 10 points and 120 offensive yards when there were just over four minutes left to play in the game. Trubisky was 34-of-54 for 251 yards and head coach Matt Nagy said after the game that he might have been a little rusty after...
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Brees set to resume practice, eyes Week 8 return

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CHICAGO -- Drew Brees said he plans to return to practice this week and hopes to be able to play as early as next Sunday's Week 8 home date with the Arizona Cardinals.

"We'll see how it goes. I'd love to [play]. It's a goal," Brees told ESPN after the New Orleans Saints won their fifth straight game without him on Sunday at Chicago.

When asked if he considers it a realistic goal, based on the medical evaluations of his thumb injury and how he has felt throwing the...
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Breakdown of duties for NFL game officials

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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Much like many NFL and college football fanatics, you worry about the quality of officiating. It’s all contingent on human decisions. There is a push to make officials on the NFL level full time. Will that solve all the problems? The human error scenario will always enter into it.

For those ardent fans watching the action, I thought that this may be an opportune time to give you a little history of NFL officiating and explain what their responsibilities entail...
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Drew Brees planning to practice this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints moved to 6-1 with Sunday’s 36-25 win in Chicago and they have gotten the last five of those wins without quarterback Drew Brees in the lineup.

That record is a testament to how well Bridgewater has done in Brees’s absence. That absence appears to be nearing its end, however.

Brees’s recovery from a right thumb injury progressed to working with a regulation-sized football this week and he told Mike Triplett of that he plans to practice this week...
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Rod Walker: Let's just give Sean Payton the Coach of the Year award now after big win vs. Bears

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — Just go ahead and start etching Sean Payton's name onto the Coach of the Year award already.

Even if Bill Belichick's New England Patriots or Kyle Shanahan's San Francisco 49ers finish the regular season undefeated, give it to Payton.

Nothing Belichick and Shanahan have done or will do this season will trump what Payton has somehow been able to pull off these past five weeks.

Just when you thought the New Orleans Saints had done the unthinkable by...
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