Saints Rumors & News

  • Saints DT Nick Fairley to play Sunday just days after his mother's passing "Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley will play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he'll do so with a heavy heart. Fairley unexpectedly lost his mother, Paula Rodgers, this past week. Fairley raced back to the Mobile, Alabama, area in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to be with his..." October 23

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • Saints activating rookie DT Sheldon Rankins from IR

    ESPN "Help is on the way for the New Orleans Saints' 31st-ranked defense. First-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins is expected to begin practicing Wednesday and be designated as the Saints' one player to return from injured reserve this season, according to coach Sean Payton. The rookie defensive..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Sean Payton lobbies for replay review of pass interference

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he won't submit Kenny Vaccaro's highly questionable fourth-down pass interference from Sunday to the NFL for further review. But, Payton hopes the league will soon give teams a better chance of having pass interference called correctly in..." October 17

  • Saints' Lutz gets 'random' drug test day after his winning 52-yard FG

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "One day after he booted a winning 52-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints, rookie kicker Wil Lutz received a notice to submit a urine doping test at the team facility Monday. Lutz posted a photo of the NFL-issued notice to Twitter with a one-word message in quote marks that read..." October 17

  • Drew Brees: Panthers’ Kawann Short ‘punched me in the mouth’

    Charlotte Observer "Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short punched him in the mouth on a fourth-quarter play that produced a touchdown but left Brees with a bloody lip. Short was flagged for roughing the passer when he hit Brees in the face with his left hand on tight end Josh..." October 17

  • Sean Payton expects Saints' Sheldon Rankins to begin practicing next week

    ESPN "Sean Payton said he expects New Orleans Saints rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to begin practicing when eligible next week. "I think so, yeah," Payton said of the first-round draft pick, who was placed on injured reserve in Week 1 after suffering a broken fibula in training..." October 15

  • Brees: Davis, Kuechly possibly best LB tandem ever

    ESPN "Forgive Drew Brees for his hyperbole. Even though the New Orleans Saints quarterback has been playing in the NFL for 16 years, he hasn’t run into many true linebacker duos like the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis -- maybe none, in fact. Many argue that the inside linebacker..." October 15

  • Saints claim rookie quarterback

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have claimed rookie quarterback Joe Callahan via waivers from the Packers. The Packers waived Callahan Thursday. He had made the team — and apparently made an impression on the Saints — with a strong preseason showing. Callahan is an undrafted rookie who played Div. III college..." October 14

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Saints lose Erik Harris to torn ACL

    Pro Football Talk "The New Orleans Saints have lost safety Erik Harris for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. According to multiple reports, Harris suffered the injury during the Saints practice on Monday. It was the team’s first practice since returning from their bye week break." October 12

  • Saints WR Brandin Cooks on bow-and-arrow celebration: 'They're not going to stop me'

    Fox Sports "Just as it’s done in recent years, the NFL is cracking down on players celebrating exciting plays. Antonio Brown can’t twerk. Von Miller can’t dance. And Josh Norman can’t shoot his bow and arrow. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks won’t let the skyrocketing number of..." October 12

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Saints trying to figure out how to maximize DT Nick Fairley's talent

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "During his first five NFL seasons, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley rarely had a two-game stretch as productive as the one he just finished. Fairley, a first-round pick in 2011, had seven tackles, two for loss, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits against the Atlanta Falcons in..." October 07

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Saints bring back OL Khalif Barnes, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Day Four of the New Orleans Saints' bye week had the team tweaking the 53-man roster. The Saints brought back offensive lineman Khalif Barnes, according to a source with knowledge of the signing. To accommodate Barnes' return, the Saints released cornerback Brian Dixon, according to..." October 07

  • Saints will explore three-safety options during Week 5 bye

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coaches will spend the Week 5 bye looking at ways to put their best players on the field at all positions, and that could mean another change for safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd played a reduced role in the Saints' 35-34 comeback win Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but coach..." October 04

  • Willie Snead will play Sunday against Chargers, report says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Willie Snead, who the New Orleans Saints listed as questionable with a toe injury Friday, will play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, NFL Network reported. Snead, who did not play Monday against the Atlanta Falcons, said Friday he felt "really good" about his chance at making a return to..." October 02

  • Jairus Byrd to be removed from starting lineup against Chargers

    The Advocate "The Saints were not happy with how things went last week against the Atlanta Falcons and said they would not settle for the status quo. That could lead to some changes in the starting lineup. One of those changes, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, will be to remove Jairus Byrd from..." October 02

  • Saints charge from behind for 35-34 win over Chargers

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Drew Brees came back to where his NFL career started. For the San Diego Chargers, Sunday's game continued a trend which they can't stop. New Orleans Saints stormed back from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to shock the Chargers, 35-34, on Sunday afternoon. John..." October 02

  • NFL rules prevent effort by Tom Benson to resolve ownership fight

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The National Football League has rejected Saints owner Tom Benson's original proposal to remove team ownership from his estranged family's trust funds, forcing the 89-year-old to make another attempt with new financial terms, court records show. The NFL won't allow Benson to personally..." October 01

  • Saints player 'kinda feels bad' Odell Beckham was fined $36,000 for cheap shot

    CBS Sports "Odell Beckham Jr. might be one of the NFL's best young wide receivers, but he occasionally struggles to keep his emotions in check. We saw it last season with then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, and again last week in the rematch, when the Giants lost to Norman's new team, the..." September 30

  • Senator introduces anti-online gambling bill to Congress

    Sportsnaut "Judicial and political systems at the state level continue to take up online gambling and daily fantasy sports. We’ve seen multiple instances in the past where online gaming itself has been banned at the state level. The most recent examples of this include daily fantasy sports in New York,..." September 29

  • Seahawks sign C.J. Spiller, coach Pete Carroll says

    ESPN "The Seahawks have signed free-agent running back C.J. Spiller, coach Pete Carroll said in a conference call Wednesday. The deal will be for one year and has been made official by the team. To make room on the roster, the Seahawks waived running back Terrence Magee. Spiller, 29, appeared in..." September 29

  • Drew Brees admits Sunday's return to San Diego means 'a little bit more'

    Fox Sports "Drew Brees has been named a first-team All-Pro once and made nine Pro Bowls in his career. He’s thrown for more than 5,000 yards four times in his career and has 436 touchdowns in 16 seasons. Most of those accomplishments have come since the start of the 2006 season, his first with the New..." September 29

  • Saints bring back veteran tackle Khalif Barnes

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints are thin in a number of spots, but made a move Wednesday to shore up their offensive line. According to Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints are signing veteran tackle Khalif Barnes." September 28

  • Saints' Coby Fleener, Drew Brees finally start to find their rhythm

    ESPN "Maybe Drew Brees and Coby Fleener just needed to speed things up. The New Orleans Saints quarterback finally got into a good rhythm with his new tight end in Week 3 -- and it happened while they were frantically playing catch-up in a 45-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Fleener..." September 28

  • Falcons' offensive explosion sends Saints to 0-3

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints did their best to channel the 10th anniversary of their emotional, post-Katrina return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but the Atlanta Falcons decided to turn a poignant history lesson into a teachable moment Monday night. The Falcons unleashed an..." September 27

  • Monday Night Football ratings plummet to record low on night of debate

    Sportsnaut "The high-scoring Monday Night Football affair between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints was significantly overshadowed by the presidential debate. According to Sports Media Watch, the Falcons’ 45-32 victory over the Saints received a paltry 5.7 overnight rating — which is “likely the..." September 27

  • Saints wasting Drew Brees' brilliance again

    USA Today "Drew Brees might as well put his house on the market. Because if the Saints' All-Pro quarterback wants to win another Super Bowl, he’s going to have to leave New Orleans. The Saints' 45-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Monday night is the latest evidence that the club is unable to give Brees the..." September 27

  • Saints receiver Willie Snead likely out Monday night against Falcons

    CBS Sports "Drew Brees will likely be without one of his top weapons for the Saints' Monday Night Football matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Per a report from ESPN's Britt McHenry, Willie Snead will miss the game -- likely due to the toe injury he's been dealing with:" September 26

  • Saints' Armstead ruled out vs. Falcons

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints will be without starting left tackle Terron Armstead in Week 3 after designating him as out for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Armstead, who missed a third straight practice, will likely be replaced by Andrus Peat at left tackle. " September 25

  • Saints' Mark Ingram on social injustice: 'It hurts my heart'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his anguish over the police-related shooting of Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed when Tulsa, Okla., police officer Betty Shelby fired a single fatal shot. On Friday, Ingram took a moment in the Saints locker..." September 25

  • Saints' Snead to be game-time decision vs. Falcons

    Today's Pigskin "Off to one of the hottest starts in the league, New Orleans Saints receiver Willie Snead IV (toe) is a game-time decision Monday against the Atlanta Falcons." September 24

  • Saints CB P.J. Williams 'suffered one of the more severe concussions' Sean Payton has seen

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The progress reports on New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams were all positive Sunday evening and Monday after his gruesome injury in last Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, which is why it was surprising to see him join the injured reserve list Wednesday. Coach Sean Payton explained..." September 23

  • Saints don't need extra motivation from Superdome anniversary

    ESPN "The New Orleans Saints next game is a made-for-TV special – the 10-year reunion of that unforgettable night when they reopened the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina on Monday Night Football and beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-3. But coach Sean Payton insisted this week that it will neither have a..." September 21

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Drew Brees’s Record-Breaking Games Can’t Mask the Saints’ Stink Forever

    The Ringer "As with the Oakland Raiders the week before, the New Orleans Saints did not win Sunday’s game against the New York Giants even though they really, really should have. Odell Beckham Jr. made eight catches but dropped the one that mattered; the eternally hemorrhaging Saints defense somehow managed..." September 20

  • Sean Payton provides few details on Saints LB Stephone Anthony's minimal role

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Linebacker Stephone Anthony led the New Orleans Saints in tackles as a rookie. Two games into his second season, he's looking like an afterthought in the defensive scheme. Anthony played just four snaps in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, and when asked to explain the linebacker's role,..." September 20

  • Saints CB P.J. Williams has a concussion, expected to be 'fine' after being carted off

    Fox Sports "New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was given a scare on Sunday when he suffered what appeared to be a serious head or neck injury after taking two knees to the head. Williams was knocked unconscious on the field and remained motionless for some time before being stretchered off on a..." September 19

  • Saints CB PJ Williams Carted Off Field After Taking 2 Brutal Shots To The Head

    Total Pro Sports "Scary scene during the New Orleans Saints-New York Giants game on Sunday as Saints cornerback PJ Williams was struck in the head twice trying to tackle Larry Donnell and then again kneed in head by teammate Craig Robertson shortly after. " September 18

  • P.J. Williams moving fingers and toes, has a concussion

    Pro Football Talk "Saints cornerback P.J. Williams was carted off the field in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants after taking a pair of knees to the head while tackling Giants tight end Larry Donnell. It was a scary scene as players immediately started asking for medical help from the..." September 18

  • Brown's late kick helps Giants edge Saints

    The Sports Xchange "EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year after New York and New Orleans combined to score 101 points, the MetLife Stadium rematch saw the teams produce 29 as the Giants posted a 16-13 victory over the Saints on Josh Brown's 23-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. The low-scoring game saw..." September 18

  • Brees passes Marino for 3rd all-time in passing yards

    Fox Sports "Drew Brees reached yet another significant milestone Sunday. With an eight 8-yard completion to Coby Fleener in the second quarter, Brees topped Dan Marino (61,361 yards) for third place on the all-time passing yardage list." September 18