Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints place Brodrick Bunkley on injured reserve "The New Orleans Saints have placed defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley on injured reserve, Coach Sean Payton announced after practice Thursday. To take his place on the 53-man roster the team called up nose tackle Lawrence Virgil (6-5, 290), a rookie out of Valdosta State, from the practice squad." November 27

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Saints believe that DT Brodrick Bunkley has torn his quad, source said. He’ll get an MRI today, but his season is almost certainly over

  • Who is most at fault for the New Orleans Saints' defensive struggles?

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Rob Ryan a year ago was the mastermind behind a New Orleans Saints defense that showed a remarkable one-season turnaround. He now is responsible for the Saints' continued poor defensive showings. As he should, after the Saints again let an opponent convert more big third-down plays in yet..." November 25

  • Saints owner Tom Benson donates $11 mil to Pro Football HOF "Saints owner Tom Benson has pledged a gift of $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest donation in the HOF's history. As pointed out by the Hall's official website, HOF president David Baker approached Benson about donating $10 million for the Hall of Fame Village Master Plan..." November 24

  • Drew Brees trying to become third QB ever to beat all 32 teams "Back in September, Peyton Manning became only the second quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams when his Broncos knocked off the Colts 31-24 in Week 1. This week, Drew Brees will attempt to join the highly exclusive club when the Saints play the Ravens on Monday night. Baltimore is the..." November 23

  • Pierre Thomas is poised to return, after more than a month

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints try to avoid falling three games under .500 and in turn losing three straight games at the Superdome for the first time since 2001, they’ll have some extra help in the backfield. Running back Pierre Thomas appears as probable on the injury report with a rib and shoulder injury...." November 22

  • Brandin Cooks placed on injured reserve

    SB Nation "The New Orleans Saints have placed rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks on injured reserve after suffering a broken thumb on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, per Albert Breer. The Saints, who mustered just 10 points against the Bengals on Sunday, lose a rookie who had piled up 53..." November 19

  • Saints could look 'outside the building' to build depth after injuries

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton declined to confirm injuries to safety Rafael Bush or receiver Brandin Cooks on Monday, but he left open the possibility that the team would sign another player this week to boost depth. "There are certain positions in-house that are deeper than others and..." November 18

  • Dalton bounces back big in Bengals' win over Saints

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With 10 days to stew and listen to the national pundits criticize their awful prime-time performance against Cleveland, the Bengals changed the narrative in New Orleans. Emphatically. In a city where the ridiculous comes by a daily dose, the bizarro Bengals played the opposite of what had..." November 17

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Confirmed via source that #Saints WR Brandin Cooks suffered broken thumb as @HowellOnCST reported. Could be out 2-4 weeks.

  • Bengals fan gets replacement ball "As time expired at the end of the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-10 blowout win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Christa Barrett posed for photos near field level, holding a football. It wasn't THE football, but it was a football, nonetheless. There was a point during the game when it..." November 16

  • Brees changed his tune, so why can't Dalton?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Product of a Texas high school powerhouse. Under-recruited and landed at a university outside standard college football royalty. Slipped out of the first round of the NFL draft as scouts knocked size and arm strength. Worked with passing game guru Tom House to tighten..." November 16

  • Saints' cap woes likely mean Mark Ingram set to join free-agent class "There have been no contract talks between the Saints and pending free-agent running back Mark Ingram as he has continued his excellent play after a slow start to his career. With New Orleans currently carrying $160 million in salary cap commitments for 2015 already (most in the NFL), and the cap..." November 16

  • NFL looking at Saints' roster move "The New Orleans Saints have drawn the NFL's attention again. The NFL is looking into whether the Saints illegally stashed linebacker Todd Davis in their training facility after they released him at a time the Denver Broncos were claiming him on waivers, sources said. A Saints official said..." November 16

  • Jimmy Graham nixes 'Superdome Leap' after fans get too friendly "New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is still searching for a new go-to touchdown celebration after his latest one resulted in him getting "groped up." By a man dressed in a Joker costume, no less. Graham, whose favored goal-post dunks were ruled illegal by the NFL this year, attempted..." November 15

  • NFL: Jimmy Graham 'should have been flagged' on Hail Mary "The end of regulation during the Saints-49ers game featured a controversial play, when New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham was flagged for offensive pass interference on the final play of regulation. On Tuesday night NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino confirmed it was the correct call. "Yes,..." November 12

  • 49ers beat Saints 27-24 in overtime

    San Jose Mercury News "Ahmad Brooks delayed his postgame shower, stood bare-chested at his locker and kept reliving the play that might have saved the 49ers season. His fumble-forcing sack of Drew Brees set the stage for an exhilarating victory, as Phil Dawson promptly kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 27-24 overtime..." November 10

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    Jeff Duncan @JeffDuncan_

    Keenan Lewis said afterward that he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his left knee injury.

  • Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson out for third straight week

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints handed the ball to Mark Ingram 30 times in their Week Nine victory over the Panthers and Ingram could be in line for another heavy workload this week. Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson have both been ruled out again by the Saints. It’s the third straight week on the sideline for the..." November 08

  • New Orleans Saints place FB Austin Johnson on injured reserve "The New Orleans Saints placed fullback Austin Johnson on injured reserve and signed tackle Nick Becton off the New York Giants’ practice squad, Coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday. The Saints also signed RB Tauren Poole and FB Michael Zordich to the practice squad. Johnson rushed for 22..." November 05

  • NFLPA pushing league to collectively bargain over personal conduct policy changes

    SB Nation "The NFLPA has been adamant that any changes to the league's personal conduct policy must be collectively bargained. The NFL has been resistant, however. The NFL Players Association are butting heads once again, this time over how to negotiate changes to the league's personal conduct policy. The..." November 04

  • New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd focused on rehab, healing for 2015

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd said he was disappointed when he suffered a season-ending injury knee injury last month, but now believes it might be a blessing in disguise that allows him to be fully healed by 2015. Byrd spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since tearing his..." November 04

  • Suspended New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan: 'I'll be back'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Suspended New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan politely declined to discuss his status with a reporter on Monday night, but he made it clear his days with the Saints aren't done. "I'll be back," he said. Morgan was placed on the reserve/suspended list last week. Saints coach Sean..." November 04

  • Former Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt signed by Jaguars

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced on Monday. Fortt, the Saints 2014 fourth round draft pick, has been bounced around quite a bit this season after the Saints unceremoniously waived him from short term injured..." November 03

  • Saints hammer Panthers 28-10 to end road woes, take NFC South lead

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints seized command of the NFC South on Thursday night, beating the Carolina Panthers 28-10 to climb into first place at the midpoint of the season. The Saints (4-4) snapped a seven-game regular-season road losing streak with a strong defensive effort that allowed the Panthers..." October 31

  • Saints' Mark Ingram likely to test free agency in 2015 "Mark Ingram is coming off the best game of his career, breaking tackles and making defenders miss time and time again in the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Green Bay Packers. Coach Sean Payton not only increased Ingram's workload, but also shifted the offense to more base personnel sets,..." October 30

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    #Saints placed WR Joe Morgan on reserve-suspended list. Sean Payton didn't specify reason. Signed Tom Crabtree to replace him.

  • Champ Bailey calls it a career

    Pro Football Talk "Champ Bailey is ready to hang up his cleats. Bailey, the 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback for Washington and Denver, has decided to retire, his agent has told multiple reporters. That decision was probably based on the reality that there isn’t much interest in the 36-year-old Bailey, who was cut..." October 28

  • Saints sign RB Edwin Baker, release TE Tom Crabtree

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have added a third tailback for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay. The club promoted running back Edwin Baker from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Baker, the Saints released tight end Tom Crabtree. Both moves were announced on the NFL’s transaction wire. The..." October 26

  • Saints without Thomas, Robinson "New Orleans Saints running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson have both been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers with injuries. Fortunately for the Saints, Mark Ingram returned from his hand injury last week. They'll lean heavily on Ingram and third-year back..." October 25

  • Saints rule out two RBs; Jimmy Graham questionable

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints will be down two tailbacks Sunday night vs. Green Bay. According to the injury report, the club has ruled out Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder). Mark Ingram figures to be the Saints’ featured back against the Packers, with Travaris Cadet likely the top..." October 24

  • British government backs possibility of an NFL franchise in London

    SB Nation "The British government strongly supports the idea of an NFL team based in London, and recently had discussions with high-level league officials about the possibility of putting a team in the United Kingdom. British treasury chief George Osborne pledged full government backing for a franchise in..." October 23

  • Saints' search for second starting cornerback failed from the start

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints were on easy street at cornerback, for once, during the 2013 season. They weren't going to find much better than Keenan Lewis and Jabari Greer. The tandem stood as one of the primary factors in such an over-achieving turnaround on defense last season. New Orleans was 8-2..." October 22

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    More #Saints bad news: They will lose RB Pierre Thomas for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, I'm told. He left Sunday's game early.

  • Saints lose center Jonathan Goodwin to leg injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints took a 10-3 lead into halftime at Detroit, but the second half could be rough for the New Orleans offensive line. Center Jonathan Goodwin was taken to the locker room on a cart after suffering a leg injury. His leg was rolled on in a pileup." October 19

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    New Orleans Saints @Saints

    Jimmy Graham is active for today's game #NOvsDET

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    Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

    Crabtree release possibly a good sign #Saints Jimmy Graham could play. But also possible that FB Erik Lorigs return made Crabtree expendable

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    So for now, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is expected to play, though not expected to start due to shoulder injury. Will test injury in pregame.

  • Saints, Lions will look to overcome hampered superstars Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson on Sunday

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Take away tight end Jimmy Graham and you remove the New Orleans Saints' most prolific and reliable offensive weapon and Drew Brees' safety blanket. Take away wide receiver Calvin Johnson and you remove the Detroit Lions' most explosive player since Barry Sanders and Matthew Stafford's saving..." October 18

  • Saints “still optimistic” about Jimmy Graham’s availability

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints travel to Detroit for a game with the Lions this Sunday and they aren’t ready to say whether they’ll have tight end Jimmy Graham in the lineup. Last Sunday, word out of New Orleans was that Graham would miss two or three games as a result of a shoulder injury he suffered against the..." October 17

  • Mark Ingram eager to play in home state vs. Lions

    Fox Sports Southwest "Saints running back Mark Ingram is intent on playing in his home state Sunday when they take on the Lions in Detroit. Ingram was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Flint, Mich., where he played for Southwestern Academy. Wednesday, Ingram practiced with the Saints and says he's taking handoffs,..." October 16

  • The Cowboys are no longer America's favorite team

    Sporting News "Is it time to remove the "America's Team" moniker from the Cowboys? According to the latest Harris Poll results, the Cowboys have been vanquished by the Broncos after six years as the No. 1 team in America's hearts. In the annual poll, the Broncos jumped ahead two spots from third in 2013...." October 15

  • Reggie Bush to return for reunion with Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions didn’t need receiver Calvin Johnson or running back Reggie Bush to beat the Vikings in Minnesota. The Lions may not need either of them to beat the Saints in Detroit. But they’ll definitely have one of them. Bush said Sunday he’ll definitely return for the Week Seven reunion with..." October 13

  • Brandon Coleman 'hungry' to make the New Orleans Saints' active roster

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints receiver Brandon Coleman spent part of the bye week bowling with his Saints teammates as part of a fundraiser for Pierre Thomas' and Thomas Morstead's charities. Coleman said he expects the Saints' season to turn around and that it's made him "hungry" to make the active..." October 13

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Saints star TE Jimmy Graham expected to miss 2-3 weeks after the bye with a shoulder sprain, source says. Likely out vs. #Lions & #Packers

  • Rough past motivates Khiry Robinson "New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson opened up about a troubled past that included multiple cases of criminal activity, family tragedy and a brief period of homelessness in a revealing story published by The Advocate. Robinson's backstory was mostly unknown publicly, except for the..." October 12

  • Saints Mark Ingram says he plans to return from injury at Detroit

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram said he plans to return to the field when the Saints play at the Detroit Lions on Oct. 19. Ingram made the comments Friday morning on the NFL Network. "My plan is to be back out there next week versus Detroit," he said." October 11

  • Bose sends out free headphones to NFL teams

    Los That Sports Blog "Now that audio powerhouse Bose is the official headphone supplier for the NFL — something that got San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick fined $10k for wearing Beats headphones this past weekend — Bose needs to push their brand via NFL players. Apparently the company has moved quickly to do so, as..." October 10

  • Sean Payton: Mark Ingram has chance to play; on Jimmy Graham, ‘we’ll see’ "Sean Payton said running back Mark Ingram has a chance to play in the New Orleans Saints’ next game in Week 7 at the Detroit Lions, though Payton remained vague on tight end Jimmy Graham’s status during an interview with CBS Sports Radio’s “TBD In The Morning” on Wednesday. Payton said Ingram..." October 08

  • New Orleans Saints 2014 draft class dwindles after Khairi Fortt is waived

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Only four players from the New Orleans Saints' 2014 draft class are still on the roster, and only one -- receiver Brandin Cooks -- has contributed beyond special teams so far in 2014. The surprising news on Monday that the Saints had waived linebacker Khairi Fortt highlighted the struggles of..." October 07