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Saints coach Sean Payton says WR Michael Thomas' discipline is over

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Michael Thomas' discipline is over.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters in a conference call Wednesday morning that he wouldn't get into the team discipline of the wideout, but noted the punishment is over and the team is moving on.

Thomas was scratched from the Week 5 win over the Los Angeles Chargers after he punched teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during a fight in practice, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Coming out of the Saints' bye, Payton said he does believe the star receiver is past the ankle injury that caused him to miss three games.

"We'll see," the ever-noncommittal Payton said of Thomas' availability this week. "I think he's feeling better. We really don't get into injuries or predictions, so you guys will be the first to know." ...

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Saints vs. Panthers injury report: Michael Thomas limited with new injury

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The first injury report of Week 7 is here, with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers announcing who participated in Wednesday’s practice session (and to what degree) while managing various injuries.

First, the big news for the Saints. Wide receiver Michael Thomas was a limited participant, but he’s been listed with a new issue: a hamstring injury in addition to the ankle sprain that sidelined him for five weeks. This hamstring problem was not listed on the last injury report published by the team, so something must have flared up in practice on Wednesday or while training during the bye week.

That said, there is some good news for New Orleans. Neither defensive end Marcus Davenport nor cornerback Marshon Lattimore were listed on the report after being limited with their own injuries back in Week 5, so they’re full-go for full workloads on Sunday. Additionally, starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins practiced fully after missing several games with a shoulder injury. ...

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Amid a contract year, Saints safety Marcus Williams changes agents

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Marcus Williams entered the 2020 season as one of the highest priorities to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints, behind only running back Alvin Kamara and linebacker Demario Davis. Kamara and Davis each signed long-term contract extensions before the season kicked off, but Williams hasn’t played up to his potential in the weeks since — or even playing up to the level of someone who should be retained by the team.

So he’s probably become frustrated with any contract talks with the Saints, or a lack thereof. On Wednesday, Williams fired his agent (Todd France of Athletes First) and chose a new one (Tory Dandy of CAA, where France previously worked), though he must wait five days per NFLPA rules before making the switch final.

Williams’ decision was reported by Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal, which was confirmed by Amie Just of Nola.Com. ...

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Saints X-Factors in Week 7

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By BT Boylan - SI

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) return to the gridiron after their BYE week to host their NFC SOUTH rival the Carolina Panthers (3-3). First-year Head Coach, Matt Rhule's Panthers, are coming off of a home loss to the Bears last week after winning three consecutive contests. Sunday's game is the first of two meetings between the Panthers and Saints. The teams will meet again in Week 17. We give you our Saints News Network's X-Factors for Week 7.


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It has been four weeks since All-Pro WR Michael Thomas has suited up for the New Orleans Saints. An ankle sprain suffered in the 4th Quarter of the Saints Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has forced Thomas to miss three games for the New Orleans Saints; the 4th game Thomas was ruled out of was not injury-related. Thomas' healthy scratch in Week 5 against the Chargers was a result of an altercation in practice with DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. ...

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A ticket to Saints-Panthers? Dozens pop up for sale, many listed $600 or higher

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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What would it take to be one of the 3,000 fan in attendance when the Saints face off with the Panthers in Week 7? Start with a mask and some cash to burn.

After games without fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and weeks of negotiation between city and team officials, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell agreed to a compromise that would begin with a small total of seats available to be filled for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The team hasn't yet released specifics regarding how those tickets would be doled out, but a share of them have already begun to crop up on ticket resellers...
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Saints-Panthers Injury Report: Michael Thomas now dealing with hamstring issue

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was a limited participant on the first team practice report since their bye week. That’s not surprising since he is recovering from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out the past five games.

What was not expected is that he was also listed with a hamstring injury.

However, head coach Sean Payton had a somewhat optimistic if vague tone about the status of last year’s NFC Offensive Player of the Year for the NFC South matchup Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

“We’ll see. I think he’s feeling better. [But] we really don’t get into injuries or...
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Saints' Michael Thomas limited with hamstring injury in addition to ankle; 4 miss practice

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas was limited on Wednesday's practice ahead with two injuries ahead of Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers: the existing ankle ailment and a new hamstring issue.

It's not known when the hamstring injury cropped up for Thomas, though he did note on social media last week that he "had a set back." Thomas didn't elaborate as to what that specifically meant, adding that he takes his "health serious."

Thomas hasn't played since Week 1.

Four players didn't practice on Wednesday, and all of those issues are new.

Starting left tackle...
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Saints among NFL's worst at forcing turnovers through 5 games, but are trusting the process

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There it was, the opportunity for the New Orleans Saints defense to make the type of game-changing play that has been noticeably absent in the first four-plus weeks of this season: Fourth quarter, tie game, rookie quarterback rolling right and letting it fly without seeing the veteran safety undercutting the route.

Malcolm Jenkins was in perfect position to intercept Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert’s pass. He had an unimpeded path to the ball and the throw hit him right in the hands. An interception would’ve given the Saints the ball in Chargers territory on the first...
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Michael Thomas now listed with hamstring injury along with ankle

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Michael Thomas caught an NFL-record 149 passes last season. This season, the Saints receiver can’t catch a break.

He has played only one game, making three receptions for 17 yards in the season opener.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday morning that Thomas’ discipline for punching teammate Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is complete but remained uncertain about Thomas’ status for Sunday because of his injury.

As it turns out, it’s injuries.

The Saints’ practice report lists Thomas limited with the ankle injury that has kept him out of three games as well as a new hamstring injury.

It is...
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Saints vs Panthers Wednesday injury report: Michael Thomas dealing with a hamstring

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Not practicing for the Saints were T Terron Armstead (Hand), G Nick Easton (Concussion), WR Bennie Fowler (Shoulder), and S J.T. Gray (Hamstring).

WR Michael Thomas (Ankle/Hamstring) and CB Justin Hardee (Hamstring) were limited. The Hamstring is new news on Michael Thomas’ injuries. While the disciplinary action is over with Thomas, Sean Payton wouldn’t say if he would play on Sunday. The hamstring could play into this as well as the ankle.

CB Janoris Jenkins (Shoulder) and WR Deonte Harris (Hamstring) were both full. WR Marquez Callaway filled in admirably as the returner and Harris...
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Pete Carroll on Antonio Brown: “We’ll see what happens”

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Receiver Antonio Brown is eligible to return to practice and play after Week Eight. With Week Eight coming quickly, rumors and reports and speculation are emerging regarding his next destination.

Last year, the Seahawks were linked to Brown, as an alternative to Josh Gordon. They signed Gordon instead.

This year, they have Gordon on the roster. However, he still hasn’t been cleared to return from his latest suspension.

And so chatter has re-emerged of Brown and the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll was asked about the possibility on Wednesday. Here’s what he said: “We have endeavored to be...
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Michael Thomas' discipline from Saints is over, but will he play Sunday? Sean Payton declines to say

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton declined to say whether star receiver Michael Thomas would return to the field this week against the Carolina Panthers, though Payton did say Thomas is no longer being disciplined for an incident at practice a few weeks ago.

Thomas has not played since Week 1, when he sustained an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the next three weeks. He appeared to be on track to return for the Saints’ Week 5 Monday night contest against the Chargers, but he was held out of the game for disciplinary reasons after engaging in a practice altercation with safety...
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Saints safety Marcus Williams is in the market for a new agent

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams is in the market for a new agent.

Williams, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, ended his representation agreement with agents Todd France and Tory Dandy. Williams has to wait at least five days to hire new representation.

Both France and Dandy worked for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents a number of high-profile clients in sports and entertainment, but France recently left to join Athletes First.

The Saints drafted Williams in the second round of the 2017 draft, and the fourth-year safety has started all but two games...
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Five questions before the New Orleans Saints reunite with Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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The Saints have gone from two-game losing streak to a two-game win streak. Now, after the bye week, New Orleans will look to extend their winning ways against a very familiar divisional rival in the Teddy Bridgewater-led Carolina Panthers. Things have improved little by little for the Saints as the season has progressed, but some questions definitely linger.

The Saints, up until their bye week, threw the ball on early downs outside of garbage time and two-minute drives at the ninth-least rate in the NFL. However, if you look at their early down habits, some of their most successful and...
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Sean Payton: Michael Thomas’ discipline over, we’ll see if ankle’s OK

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints are coming back from a bye, but one of their key players has gone a lot longer than a week since playing his last game.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas missed three games with an ankle injury and then was held out of the lineup in Week Five in a disciplinary move after he punched defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during a practice session. Saints head coach Sean Payton said that there will be no more team discipline for Thomas, but cited the ankle while saying he wasn’t sure Thomas will play against the Panthers.

“We’ll see,” Payton said on a conference call. “I think he’s...
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Saints listed as the 23rd most complaining fanbase in the league

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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New Orleans Saints fans have earned a reputation over the past few seasons, particularly after a certain lack of a pass interference call in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. Well, at least we thought they have.

A certain list hit Twitter on Tuesday morning, one that ranked each NFL fanbase by how much they complain. And this list has the Saints at 23rd???

You can find a link to the full article here.

This, to me, is unacceptable. This is a fanbase that, after the aforementioned missed pass interference against the Rams, had over 750,000 loyal supporters signed a petition demanding the...
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Saints' discipline of Thomas over; ankle unclear

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METAIRIE, La. -- Michael Thomas' discipline lasted only one game, according to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.

So the Saints' star receiver is eligible to return Sunday against the Carolina Panthers as long as his ankle is ready.

Thomas has been sidelined since he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1. But he appeared close to returning in Week 5 before he was disciplined by the team for an altercation during practice that included him punching teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

The Saints had a bye in Week 6, which should have given Thomas even more time to heal -- though Payton...
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State of the NFC South: Week 7 is upon us

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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The drama fueled Saints had a bye week in Week 6, while the rest of the division foes took the battlefield. The Saints will be getting their Offensive Player of The Year, Michael Thomas back for the Week 7 matchup against the division opponent-Carolina Panthers.

As for the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, the Christian McCaffrey less squad fell at defeat to the Chicago Bears. Looking forward for the Panthers, The (3-2) Panthers have a big game ahead against the (3-2) Saints motivated squad.

The Colin Cowherd No. one team in his Power Ranking, also known as Tampa Bay Buccaneers, combat the...
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