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More Pain for Saints: Another Officiating Error and an Injury to Drew Brees

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By Ben Shpgel | New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Sean Payton coped by quarantining himself for three days. He binged Netflix programming (“Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and “You”) and scarfed Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. He could excavate his grief, compartmentalizing but not forgetting — really, you can’t forget an injustice like that — because the officiating debacle that most likely denied his New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl berth occurred in their final game of the season.

Yet Payton, the Saints’ head coach, watched another blown call benefit the Los Angeles Rams and infuriate his team again on Sunday, nullifying a go-ahead touchdown in the first half. This time, he and the Saints did not have an off-season to work through their emotions. More than two quarters remained, and the Saints’ star quarterback, Drew Brees, loitered on the sideline, out with a hand injury.

As it did in the teams’ last matchup eight months ago, New Orleans lost to the Rams, and at this stage all the Saints want is a game officiated fairly, without human error contributing to their demise.

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Officials have another major error in Saints-Rams game, Twitter explodes as refs take TD away from New Orleans

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints were affected by an officials call in a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Stop if you heard that one before. This time, a touchdown was taken away from the Saints in a game devoid of them. The Rams were driving deep in Saints territory midway through the second quarter when Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff fumbled the football on a 3rd-and-7 at the New Orleans 11 yard line. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan recovered the fumble and returned it 87 yards for the touchdown, but the play was ruled dead after Jordan recovered the fumble.

The initial ruling by the officials was incomplete pass by Goff, giving the Rams a 4th-and-7 at the 11. The officials reviewed the play after Saints head coach Sean Payton challenged the incomplete pass. The play was reversed, but the Saints were not ruled with a touchdown since the play was ruled dead via the whistle.

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Ziggy Ansah expected to debut for Seahawks this week

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Seahawks defensive end Ziggy Ansah is expected to make his season debut with Seattle on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints

Head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that Ansah is on track to return this week after being inactive for the first two games of the season while working back from shoulder surgery

“The expectation is that he’s going to play this week,” Carroll said. “It’s just taken us this long to get through. We wanted to make sure that everything was...
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Saints starting MLB Anzalone placed on IR

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METAIRIE, La. -- The hits just keep on coming for the New Orleans Saints.

They placed starting middle linebacker Alex Anzalone on injured reserve Monday with an unspecified injury. It's unclear if there is a chance he could return to the lineup this year, but he will have to miss a minimum of eight weeks.

The good news for the Saints is that they just traded for an experienced veteran inside linebacker in Kiko Alonso earlier this month. Veteran backup Craig...
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Overcoming the loss of Brees doesn’t fall exclusively on Teddy Bridgewater

  • News source: Les East
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Drew Brees’ thumb injury apparently requires surgery that will sideline him for roughly six weeks.

Unless a second opinion produces a drastically different diagnosis than the first, Teddy Bridgewater will be the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.

But that doesn’t mean Bridgewater is solely responsible for mitigating the loss, though he will be primarily responsible.

It doesn’t mean the difference in performance between Brees – who...
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Saints place linebacker Alex Anzalone on IR

  • News source: Don Kellum
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It was revealed Monday afternoon that the Saints have placed starting middle linebacker on injured reserve. Field Yates broke the news.

Anzalone missed time during the preseason but was ready to go week one against the Houston Texans. No specifics about what type of injury this is has been released. At this time it’s unsure if it is a new injury or the one that he was bothered by prior to the start of the season.

He has a history of shoulder injuries that saw him...
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Carl Granderson joins Saints 53-man roster after exemption lifted

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Carl Granderson, the Saints undrafted rookie defensive end whose journey to the NFL hit some legal roadblocks, is now on the 53-man roster.

Granderson's roster exemption was lifted on Monday.

Under the exemption, the Saints had a two-week window to make a decision on Granderson.

Granderson was allowed to attend meetings and participate in practice during that time period.

The news came on the same day the Saints placed linebacker Alex Anzalone on injured reserve...
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Saints place Alex Anzalone on injured reserve

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The hits just keep on coming for the Saints.

According to the NFL’s transactions report, the team placed starting middle linebacker Alex Anzalone on injured reserve on the heels of quarterback Drew Brees‘ thumb injury.

Anzalone’s injury is unknown, but he had offseason shoulder surgery. He played only four games as a rookie, all starts, before going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Anzalone made it through all 16 games last season, though he continued to...
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Saints place starting linebacker Anzalone on injured reserve

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Injuries made a bad day in Los Angeles even worse that the loss to the Rams for the New Orleans Saints.

Starting middle linebacker Alex Anzalone was placed on injured reserve Monday afternoon, multiple outlets report. The oft-injured third year pro may be able to return to the active roster later this year.

Anzalone missed most of the preseason with a shoulder injury before returning to start the season opener against the Texans but played sparingly against the...
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Saints LB Alex Anzalone placed on injured reserve; injury details not yet released

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — One day after losing a painful and injury-riddled game to the Los Angeles Rams, the New Orleans Saints had another major loss.

The team placed starting middle linebacker Alex Anzalone on the injured reserve, according to the league's daily transactions report.

It is not yet known what specific injury Anzalone sustained, but he missed a significant chunk of the preseason due to a shoulder injury.

Anzalone only played on 18 snaps against the Rams, or...
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Thumb down: Odds to win Super Bowl LIV worsen for Saints after Drew Brees' hand injury

  • News source: BY SHELDON MICKLES | Staff writer
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As one would expect, the odds of the Saints of winning the Super Bowl took a major leap overnight with the loss of quarterback Drew Brees for at least six weeks.

On Monday, posted updated odds for the Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers after Brees and Steelers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger were injured in Week 2 games Sunday.

The Saints went from an 8 to 1 pick last Wednesday to 20 to 1 on Monday after it was reported earlier in the day that Brees will be...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The First Half Defense, The Referees, and Brees’ Thumb

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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A ton of emotions surrounded this game. Many Saints fans saw the Week 2 Rams matchup as a revenge match, while the players simply wanted to move on and treat the game as any other. However, this game was unlike any other game as the Saints players and fans would come to find out. Despite an early effort from the defense, the referee squad and an injury to Drew Brees proved insurmountable.

The first quarter brought tons of hope to the fans that maybe the Saints could...
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Ed Orgeron says he felt bad for Drew Brees, 'state of Louisiana' after hearing about injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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LOS ANGELES — The news regarding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' thumb and how he'll be out for the next six weeks with a ligament tear shocked the football world and the state of Louisiana.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was no exception.

"When I heard it, I felt bad," Orgeron said at his Monday availability in Baton Rouge. "I felt bad for him, his family, the Saints, and the state of Louisiana because I know how much he means to all of us. I was talking...
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Buffalo Wild Wings corporation fires off insulting Saints tweet, local franchise owner flummoxed

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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A tweet from the corporate account of Buffalo Wild Wings has outraged the Who Dat Nation and left the chain's local franchise scrambling to mend fences.

The tweet, written as the New Orleans Saints suffered a catastrophic defeat to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday that included the injury of quarterback Drew Brees, read: “New Orleans fans already drawing up lawsuits.”

The tweet was inspired by a conspicuous bad call (the reversal of an 80-yard run after a fumble) in...
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Sean Payton: Drew Brees getting second opinion, no timetable yet

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Reports on Monday indicated that Saints quarterback Drew Brees would be having surgery after tearing a ligament in his thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Rams and that he’d miss six weeks while recovering.

Saints head coach Sean Payton had a conference call a bit later in the day and he said that nothing had been finalized when it comes to Brees’s plans.

“He’s had one opinion, he’s getting a second opinion,” Payton said.

Payton said that he hoped that the news is good...
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Rams vs. Saints: Week 2 quick observations

  • News source: Don Kellum
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This was something Saints fan haven’t seen since week 14 of the 2016 season; the dark days of 7—9 mediocrity era. No touchdowns were scored by the offense or defense*, but much of that can be attributed to the loss of Drew Brees wit a thumb injury that could keep him out for an extended amount of time.

Much of the rest of the team still under-performed in what was a highly anticipated rematch of the NFC Championship game.

Here are some quick observations:

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Understanding Drew Brees' thumb injury: What's the UCL? How does the surgery work?

  • News source: BY EMILY WOODRUFF | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his right thumb, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate. The injury requires surgery and will likely keep Brees from playing for around six weeks.

Though the recovery time is significant, the type of injury Brees most likely sustained is fairly common – in fact, it’s known as gamekeeper’s or skier’s thumb because of its prevalence in sports.

The thumb injury most common in...
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