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New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone dogged in his desire to assist ARNO

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

The interactions were, in a word, “golden.”

Alex Anzalone smiled easily, laughed genuinely and operated dutifully while he nuzzled, hugged and steered. The dogs with which he was being photographed weren’t totally attentive to all commands, and perhaps that made the session at Animal Rescue New Orleans all the more adorable.

Imagine the New Orleans Saints’ 6-foot-3, 241-pound linebacker talking baby talk, trying to convince each of six dogs (in separate photo shoots) to look toward the camera, or sit still long enough to strike a pose, or not wriggle as he cradled them or, in one instance, held one up for a Simba-style presentation.

This isn’t the Anzalone that Saints fans are accustomed to seeing.

That guy – blonde hair flowing from beneath his helmet, almost lengthy enough to cover the name across the back of his jersey – doesn’t handle opponents with any measure of delicacy.

The fumbles he forced against two elite receivers in 2018 – pounding Minnesota’s Adam Thielen in the second quarter with New Orleans trailing 13-10, and walloping Atlanta’s Julio Jones in the second quarter while the Saints led 17-3 – were indicative of the level of wrath Anzalone can...

Saints GM Mickey Loomis coy on Michael Thomas contract talks

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis rarely makes media appearances, but he recently had a guest spot on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM Radio with host Adam Schein. Loomis hit on a few different points including the recent contract extension with defensive end Cameron Jordan, the next hurdle in wide receiver Michael Thomas (who will be a free agent next March), and his lessened impact on the New Orleans Pelicans — along with his thoughts on Anthony Davis’ status and the addition of presumptive first-overall NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson.

However, Loomis wasn’t about to break any big news. When asked whether anything was brewing between Thomas and the Saints on a potential extension (which may average as much as $20 million per year), Loomis downplayed the significance of their negotiations — but admitted that talks had started.

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Drew Brees: Saints offense fits Teddy Bridgewater very well

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is one of the most-established names in the NFL, having led the Saints since 2006 and helped fill highlight reels for even longer than that. He’s also very aware of the situation around him, and took some time during media availability following Saints minicamp practices to comment on the progress of Teddy Bridgewater, his understudy and backup.

“He came in right before the season,” Brees said, noting that the timing of the trade that brought Bridgewater to New Orleans cost him most of the offseason. “So (there was) a big learning curve, you’re jumping right into a regular season with the new offense and a lot of new things. I think our coaches, him, they have all looked forward to this offseason where he could get a lot of reps and a lot of time under his belt and there is no doubt he’s an extremely talented guy.”

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Saints not interested in Antonio Brown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The last time Antonio Brown became a free agent, he wasn’t free for long. This time around, he may be waiting for a while.

Add the Saints to the list of teams that don’t seem to be interested in signing AB.

“I think right now, where we sit, I like our depth at that position,” Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday, when asked about Brown. “I haven’t really paid much attention to the other teams and hadn’t heard that yet. But, it is what it is. I am...
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Teddy Bridgewater ready to step up as Saints quarterback in Drew Brees' absense

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Sean Payton feared he was going to lose Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater was an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Miami Dolphins offered him a two-year, $10 million offer.

Payton was vacationing in the Bahamas at the same time as Bridgewater's agent, and the two had a 4-hour conversation.

"We wanted to keep him here," Payton said. "It was important."

Bridgewater, a Miami native, turned down the Dolphins' hometown bid, and signed a 1-year...
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Saints rule out Brees, Smith, Rankins for Seahawks game

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Three New Orleans Saints players have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks including Drew Brees as expected.

Brees (right thumb), wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) were all listed as out on the official final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

Seattle did not rule any players out but former LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic (neck) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) are listed as doubtful.

Rankins is...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins: "When they give me the green light, they won't be able to hold me back"

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Sheldon Rankins admits it's been tough standing on the sideline the past two weeks.

He was listed as "OUT" on Friday's injury report, meaning he'll be standing on the sideline againg on Sunday when the Saints play the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The defensive tackle isn't giving hints on when he'll return, but did offer a bit of optimism on Friday that perhaps it's is sooner than later.

"I'm close," Rankins said. "I'll be there when I'm...
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Seahawks previously had interest in Antonio Brown but no longer do

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Seahawks showed interest in Antonio Brown before the receiver signed with the Patriots. Brown is a free agent again, 13 days later.

So do the Seahawks, who spoke with Brown after the Raiders cut him, have interest in the Pro Bowler this time around?

Coach Pete Carroll said no without using the word.

“We’re pretty well set right now,” Carroll said Friday, via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. “We kind of know where we’re going with that.”

Carroll admitted 11...
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Saints at Seahawks Final Injury Report: Sheldon Rankins Out

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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For the Saints:

QB Drew Brees thumb, WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle, and Sheldon Rankins achilles, have been ruled out.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, and T Andrus Peat ankle were all full.

For the Seahawks:

C/G Ethan Pocic, neck and CB Neiko Thorpe, hamstring are listed as doubtfull.

FS Tedric Thompson hamstring, CB Tre Flowers ankle, and RB Rashaad Penny hamstring are listed as questionable. Penny was a new addition.

Everyone else previously listed were...
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Seahawks add Rashaad Penny, Tre Flowers to injury report

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny injured his hamstring in Friday’s practice. That prompted the team to add him to their status report as questionable for Sunday against the Saints.

C.J. Prosise likely would see more work if Penny can’t go.

The team also made cornerback Tre Flowers a late addition, listing him as questionable after he injured his ankle at Thursday’s practice. Jamar Taylor or Akeem King would start for Flowers.

The Seahawks also list free safety...
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Saints' Tre'Quan Smith, Sheldon Rankins, Drew Brees ruled out for Seahawks game

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Three New Orleans Saints players have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks as they recover from injuries.

Starting quarterback Drew Brees (right thumb), wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) were all listed as out. No one else was listed at any other designation.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (thigh), guard Andrus Peat (ankle) and fullback Zach Line (knee) all went through a full practice on Friday after being...
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Saints' DL Mitchell Loewen now suiting up at TE in practice

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints practice squad defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen sported a different number during Friday's practice: No. 88.

Why? Because now he's getting some practice reps at tight end.

Loewen said the change isn't permanent as of yet, and he's still practicing on the defensive line as well.

Loewen played at tight end some when he was a sophomore at Arkansas, but that's the recent extent of his tight end experience.

"They just want to see what...
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Saints LB Alex Anzalone likely out for season with shoulder injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — New Orleans Saints starting linebacker Alex Anzalone will likely be out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, coach Sean Payton said Friday.

Payton said Anzalone had a procedure earlier this week on his shoulder, and the initial plan was to put on him injured reserve with a chance to bring him back, but that changed after Anzalone had a second evaluation on his shoulder.

Anzalone only played on 18 snaps against the Rams, or 26 percent...
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Week Three injury report roundup

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Week Three of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Jaguars and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered healthy enough to play barring any...
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Saints release TE Alize Mack, sign DT Taylor Stallworth

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — The New Orleans Saints made two official roster moves on Friday, as they brought back defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth and released rookie tight end Alizé Mack, according to the NFL transactions list.

The Saints drafted Mack in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 231st pick. Mack played in just the third and fourth preseason game, as he missed the first twp due to injury. He was targeted once in each of those games, but did not record any...
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Saints to wear popular 'Color Rush' jerseys in showdown with Seahawks, team says

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When the Saints take the field in Seattle, they'll be decked out in white-on-white and with a track record of success.

New Orleans will feature their Color Rush alternate jerseys against the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Friday afternoon. They shared a Madden clip featuring the Cam Jordan wearing the jersey in their announcement.

While the alternate jerseys are popular among Saints fans, the jerseys have also turned heads around the NFL. An unofficial Fox...
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Panthers' Cam Newton out vs. Cardinals, joining list of big-name QBs not playing Week 3

  • News source: By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be counting on second-year quarterback Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the season.

Allen was named Carolina's starter for Sunday's game at Arizona after Cam Newton was ruled out with a mid-foot sprain. It will be the second career start for Allen, an Arizona native.

"He worked through a lot of the soreness this week and felt pretty good at the end of the week," Rivera said on a conference call...
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Steve Gleason's Congressional Gold Medal features iconic image from Superdome; See the design

  • News source: BY ELIZABETH CRISP | Washington correspondent
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WASHINGTON — The iconic image of a defiant Steve Gleason leading the Super Dome in an ear-splitting "Who Dat!" chant before the Saints' 2011 game against the Houston Texans — standing on the field, fist pumped in the air, No. 37 across his chest — will be immortalized on the Congressional Gold Medal that Gleason will officially receive in the coming months.

At the time, the former Saints star had just announced that he'd been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral...
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