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Marcus Davenport misses Saints practice; Jordan and Kamara return

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport did not participate in practice Thursday (Sept. 27).

Davenport, who was a full participant Wednesday, missed Thursday's practice with a hip injury, according to the Saints practice participation report. Linebacker Manti Te'o also was held out of practice.

It was not all bad news for New Orleans. A day after being listed as limited participants, Alvin Kamara, Cameron Jordan, Terron Armstead, Ted Ginn Jr., Tyeler Davison and Cameron Meredith were all listed as full participants.

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Saints Receiver Michael Thomas Is Here to Make History, Not to Be Famous

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By Tyler Dunne -- Bleacher Report

NEW ORLEANS — His voice quivers and his words crawl. He rubs his chin. He pauses seconds at a time, thinking of the perfect words to use. Once those words float into the air, they're vague and overly sanitized.

The last thing Michael Thomas wants to talk about is Michael Thomas.

There will be no digging deep into his upbringing, no reliving childhood trauma that molded him into who he is. "I'll write that story," Thomas says, sternly, only briefly touching on the back-to-back deaths of a grandmother and great aunt. When asked what traits those two sisters passed on to him, Thomas fidgets in his chair and refuses to go there.

Yet this is also a blooming star in the midst of what he's dubbed the #NoRecordIsSafeTourVol3. The 6'3", 212-pound wide receiver pulls off one show-stopping stunt at a time, flexes both biceps and snarls into the distance catch after catch after catch. And still, there's little we know about him. Such blistering dominance must be rooted in something, right?

Eventually, Thomas' eyes double-take, then triple-take a recorder that's resting on the desk in front of him.

He can't see the shining red dot. He thinks it's turned off.

"You're getting this, right?"...

Sean Payton: NFL's controversial roughing the passer emphasis needs 'consistency from crew to crew'

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

The NFL finds itself under fire in the early weeks of the season for the league's emphasis on roughing the passer, which has produced 34 flags for the infraction through the first three weeks of this season, as opposed to 16 a year ago.

Of those calls, the most controversial have been flags for landing with a pass rusher's body weight on the quarterback, a rule that has been on the books since the mid-1990's but has been emphasized this season.

Flags for two controversial hits by Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, including one that cost the Packers a game-sealing interception against Minnesota, have been at the forefront of the uproar, and the NFL's competition committee is reportedly scheduled to speak about the rule on a conference call next week.

Saints head coach Sean Payton is part of the NFL's competition committee, and he acknowledged that some of the calls have failed to understand the point of emphasis. ...

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Lengthy list of Saints, including Alvin Kamara, limited due to injury as Tyeler Davison returns

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

The wear and tear of the NFL season is starting to take its toll on the New Orleans Saints.

Running back Alvin Kamara (knee), defensive end Cameron Jordan (biceps) and wide receiver Cameron Meredith (knee) were added to the injury report. All three were limited in practice on Wednesday, joining a list of players who've been battling injuries.

Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee), left guard Andrus Peat (ankle) and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) were all limited, and all three have battled injuries the past two weeks, although Peat was not able to play on Sunday.

Linebacker Manti Te'o (knee) did not practice. Te'o was present at practice for the first time since his injury, but not participating.

Nose tackle Tyeler Davison (foot) is on his way back from the foot injury that kept him out the past two games. ...

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Seahawks not fretting over Saints QB choice

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints coach Sean Payton won’t say which quarterback he’s starting this week, hanging on to the perceived advantage of the unknown.

But the Seahawks aren’t worrying too much about how things might change if the Saints put Taysom Hill on the field alongside of instead of Teddy Bridgewater.

“You’ve got to know where he is,’’ Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said of Hill, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “But you can’t get too caught up in [worrying about where...
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DK Metcalf is having fun, and looking for a hobby

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf has gotten off to a fast start in the NFL, with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first two games. And one thing about the professional level has stood out to him.

“How fun it is, it’s just like playing in college,” Metcalf told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m happy for my teammates every time they score or get a first down. My energy level is just like playing back in college.”

Part of the fun for Metcalf includes showcasing his...
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Brees or no Brees, Saints' players ready to answer the call and chase Super Bowl dreams

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Don't start shoveling that dirt and burying the Saints' season just yet.

The Saints players surely aren't.

With Drew Brees or without him, they know the show must go on. Their expectations havent changes one bit.

Just ask Alvin Kamara, who had this to say when a reporter asked him if the team still had Super Bowl aspirations.

"Do I still have a fleur-de-lis on my helmet?" Kamara answered. "Alright then."

Not that you should have expected any other...
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What They’re Saying: Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill on Saints-Seahawks week

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Media Conference Call

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Can you give us any update on Drew Brees?

“The latest today, he will have surgery on his thumb. It will be done in Los Angeles. I am not going to speculate on a recovery timeframe, but I know just having texted with him and visited with our trainers and doctors (that) we are optimistic. I know it is being done this afternoon.

I know you won’t speculate on an injury...
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Who's officiating Saints vs. Seahawks? NFL announces referees for game

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Veteran NFL official Ron Torbert will be lead the referee for the Saints-Seahawks matchup in Seattle on Sunday.

Torbert, a Michigan State graduate, has an been an NFL official for 20 years.

These are the officials who'll join Tobert on the field:

Officiating has been a major topic for the Saints in the past three games, each one prompting the NFL to concede that mistakes were made at key moments.

Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Walt Anderson's crew...
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Biggest Week 3 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams - Latest on Johnson, Singletary, Williams and more

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Quarterbacks around the league have fallen victim to a variety of maladies in recent weeks, and following Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton joined the ranks of passers on the shelf.

But there's more to the sport than just the players behind center, and just about every team has a key player in question as we look ahead to Week 3. NFL Nation reporters provide the latest intel from inside every locker room:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR |...
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Saints at Seahawks Wednesday Injury Report: Drew Brees and Tre’Quan Smith do Not Practice

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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QB Drew Brees who had surgery this afternoon on his right thumb missed practice. No surprise there. WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle also did not practice.

The following players were all limited. WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, G Andrus Peat ankle, and DT Sheldon Rankins achilles.

While that may seem a lot for week two, it’s nothing compared to the Seahawks.

Not practicing were G Ethan Pocic neck, CB Neiko Thorpe hamstring, S Tedric Thompson hamstring, and G D.J...
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Far from Shy, Saints rookie Tuttle has forced his way onto the field

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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When defensive tackle Shy Tuttle stepped into the starting lineup in the season opener against the Houston Texans, it marked a milestone in Saints franchise history. It had been 47 seasons since an undrafted rookie at that position had started to open a season.

On Sept. 16, 1973 against the Atlanta Falcons, undrafted rookie Elex Price was a starter for the Black and Gold, alongside veteran Bob Pollard. The Yazoo City, Mississippi native played at Alcorn State before...
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2 Saints miss Wednesday practice, 4 more limited

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Two New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to injury: quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

Brees underwent surgery for his right thumb on Wednesday, saying the surgery was "successful," and Smith left the game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

Four players were limited in practice, as wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a thigh injury, fullback Zach Line has a knee injury, offensive lineman Andrus Peat has an...
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Drew Brees posts on social media after surgery

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Drew Brees had a smile on his face and a cast on his hand after coming out of surgery Wednesday.

The Saints quarterback used social media to post an update on his surgically repaired thumb.

“Step 1. Complete…successful surgery. This is my attempt at giving everybody a [thumbs up],” Brees wrote.

Dr. Steven Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

The Saints have offered no timetable on a return, but they will not place Brees on injured reserve. Reports on Monday...
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Saints complete more roster moves

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints completed more roster moves today in the wake of multiple injuries to key contributors.

Yesterday, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve which prompted the team to promote rookie UDFA Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the active roster from the practice squad.

Humphrey impressed in preseason after signing with the team out of the University of Texas, hauling in 4 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was...
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Seeking an edge, Payton leaves door open for two-quarterback system without Brees

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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For you Louisiana football fans who double as seasoned citizens, you have experienced the two quarterback system before.

At LSU in the 1970’s, head coach Charley McClendon had Bert Jones and Paul Lyons. Later that same decade, current LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger alternated with David Woodley.

At Tulane in the early ’70’s, head coach Bennie Ellender went with Steve Foley and Terry Looney.

Welcome to Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill.

Saints head...
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Saints add linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to active roster

  • News source: Jude Young
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The Saints have now filled their two remaining open roster spots by signing veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoting rookie wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey from their practice squad.

Armstrong has spent time with the Browns, Giants, 49ers, Raiders and Rams since entering the league in 2013 and has been used mostly on special teams.

Humphrey signed with New Orleans after going undrafted out of the University of Texas. He made four catches...
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Saints roster moves: Lil'Jordan Humphrey promoted to main roster, Ray-Ray Armstrong signed, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints rookie practice squad wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey has been elevated to the franchise's 53-man roster, according to Wednesday's NFL transactions list.

The Saints also signed veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to the active roster. Armstrong wore No. 50 at practice.

Humphrey went undrafted out of Texas this year and has been with the Saints since after the NFL Draft.

Armstrong went undrafted out of Miami in 2013, and has spent...
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Saints sign Ray-Ray Armstrong, promote Lil’Jordan Humphrey

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints filled the roster spots left open when wide receiver Keith Kirkwood and linebacker Alex Anzalone were placed on injured reserve this week.

The NFL’s daily transaction wire includes word that the Saints have signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong as a free agent and promoted wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey from the practice squad.

Armstrong played nine games in Cleveland last season and was released by the Browns at the cut to 53 players. He’s also spent...
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