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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 snap-count analysis vs. 49ers: In-game injuries forced quick fixes

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints rode a roller-coaster during their Week 14 game with the San Francisco 49ers, not helped by several injuries hitting the deepest position group on the team: the defensive line. Two defensive ends (Marcus Davenport and Trey Hendrickson) and starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins each missed time against San Francisco while dealing with various injuries, creating some atypical snap counts. Here’s our unit-by-unit breakdown.

QB Drew Brees, 68 (94%)
RB Alvin Kamara, 55 (76%)
QB Taysom Hill, 28 (39%)
RB Latavius Murray, 24 (33%)
DT Mario Edwards Jr., 1 (1%)

Short-handed at fullback (starter Zach Line was inactive with a knee injury) the Saints used Edwards in that capacity on one goal-to-go play. Hill got the most run of his NFL career, appearing on a personal-best 28 plays on offense and 31 on special teams. Kamara outsnapped Murray by a wide margin, which is concerning given how much better Murray has played than him in recent weeks. ...

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Of course it's helpful, but do the Saints need home-field advantage in the playoffs?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints took a big hit in the playoff standings in their Week 14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, losing their grip on the first seed in the NFC playoff standings. They fell to third, and can’t fall further thanks to the NFC East’s collective mediocrity. If they win out, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles can each post records as strong as 9-7. The Saints will finish the year at 10-6 at worst, but they’ll be better than that.

It would take a lot of help for the Saints to rise back to the first seed, but the second seed is attainable. Both of the two top seeds guarantee a bye during the Wild Card Round, allowing lesser teams to duke it out in hopes of advancing, But only the first seed carries home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, ensuring that the team that holds it won’t have to travel for any games before Super Bowl LIV. ...

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Marcus Davenport Out for the Year with Foot Injury

  • News source: JR Ella
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The Saints’ 48-46 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers came at an even steeper price than just the loss, as reports have surfaced that second-year defensive end Marcus Davenport is out for the season with a foot injury sustained during Sunday’s game.


Davenport had six sacks on the season (up from 4.5 sacks last year) and had been a mainstay on New Orleans’ defensive line, applying a lot of pressure on opposite quarterbacks.

Trey Hendrickson is the natural replacement...
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Walker: Saints seeking complete game, but not getting help from injury bug that won't quit biting

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Drew Brees has talked about it all season long.

The Saints, he's said time and time again, are striving to put that complete game together.

Somewhere in these final three weeks of the regular season before the playoffs start, they'd like to see that game where they are clicking in all three phases.

Ideally, they'd like to see that offense from Sunday's game against the 49ers, mixed in with that defense from the game against the Dallas Cowboys blended in with the...
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Report: Saints DE Marcus Davenport out for season with foot injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport will need season-ending surgery to repair an injury sustained to his foot, according to an NFL Network report.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport first reported the news Tuesday evening.

Davenport left Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter with a non-contact injury.

Davenport played in a season-low 34% of the defense's snaps on Sunday, totaling one tackle and a tackle for...
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Saints expect Marcus Davenport to miss rest of season

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Saints have lost a significant contributor on their defensive line.

New Orleans defensive end Marcus Davenport suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and is expected to miss the rest of the season, NFL Network reports.

Davenport has started all 13 games this season and played 61 percent of the Saints’ defensive snaps, as well as 21 percent of their special teams snaps. He has six sacks and three forced fumbles this season.

The Saints were so high...
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A mother lost a Saints jersey in the Dome; it was a memento of a dead son

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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It’s an extra-large souvenir Saints jersey, black with a gold collar and No. 9 on the back, just like many, many others. Jennifer Harper, a Saints fan from Mobile, Alabama, said she recalls packing it away before she left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's Section 121, Row 13 after Sunday's game, which ended with a lip-biting loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

But by the time she reached the parking garage it was gone.

The jersey belonged to Jennifer's son Bobby Harper...
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In a losing effort, Drew Brees had one of the best games in NFL history by this metric

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Though it came in a losing effort, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees assembled one of the best statistical games of his career Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers — and according to one metric, it might have been one of the best performances ever.

Football Outsiders, which has been performing statistical analysis of NFL games since 2003, ranked Brees’ performance against San Francisco as the third-best ever in a regular season game per its...
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What Are the Likely Playoff Scenarios for the Saints?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints locked up the NFC South on Thanksgiving with their win over the Atlanta Falcons, but all eyes were on their matchup this past Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in a battle of NFC supremacy.

With the Saints coming up on the losing end of Sunday’s 48-46 nail-biter, what are the playoff implications for New Orleans? Is the #1 seed in the NFC still an option? What’s the worst case scenario for the Saints? What’s the best case? What’s the most...
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'It's real simple:' Focus for Saints' Sean Payton isn't on playoff seeding

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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It's easy for New Orleans Saints fans to look ahead at the rest of the season.

Home against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night. At the Tennessee Titans. At the Carolina Panthers. And it's not just paying attention to their team. It's focusing on the San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers for the battle to the NFC's No. 1 seed.

Saints coach Sean Payton, though, isn't looking at the scoreboard in regard to playoff seeding.

“It's...
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Play of return specialist Deonte Harris one of Saints' few bright spots from 49ers loss

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After watching the film from his team’s 48-46 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton stopped just short of saying he was disappointed with every facet of his team’s performance.

The lone bright spot in the coach’s eyes was the kicking game, particularly the play of return specialist Deonte Harris.

“The return yards were real big, and that helped us,” Payton said.

Harris turned in the best performance of his rookie season, recording...
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Video: Emanuel Zanders at New Orleans QB Club

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Sedrick Ellis to appear Monday night at Saints Hall of Fame Museum

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum Monday evening from 5 p.m.-6:20 p.m., prior to the New Orleans Saints home game with the Indianapolis Colts at 7:15 p.m. to sign autographs and take pictures.

Patrons are limited to one autograph and one picture per person.

A first-round pick out of USC, Ellis played five seasons for the Saints from 2008-12 and was a starter throughout his career in New Orleans...
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What are the likely playoff scenarios for the Saints?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints locked up the NFC South on Thanksgiving with their win over the Atlanta Falcons, but all eyes were on their matchup this past Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in a battle of NFC supremacy.

With the Saints coming up on the losing end of Sunday’s 48-46 nail-biter, what are the playoff implications for New Orleans? Is the #1 seed in the NFC still an option? What’s the worst case scenario for the Saints? What’s the best case? What’s the most...
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