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Saints Nation BlogBy my count, with release of Hall & Arrington, Jones to IR & Smith activated, Saints have 51 players. Would think 2 additions are imminent

skooks@SaintsNationBlg They will be Buford Jordan and Fred McAfee

Grandmaster Wang@skooks @SaintsNationBlg @saintsnola Jacob Hester and Jordan Jefferson.

Saints Nation Blog@moosedenied @skooks @saintsnola get a hold of yourselves!!!!!

Larry HolderClarity on #Saints moves. Team didn't have to make any technically. Team decided to put Jones on IR and cut Hall and Arrington.

Larry Holder#Saints have two exemptions they could have used on anyone. They used them on Vilma and Ruud. They put Smith on the active roster.

Andrew Juge@Larry_Holder so they have 2 open roster spots yes?

Larry HolderYes. Not a big deal since only 46 dress. They will add back next week. "@AndrewJuge: @Larry_Holder so they have 2 open roster spots yes?"

Reid G.@Larry_Holder Can they continue to switch out players who use the "exempt" spots, or are Vilma/Ruud locked into them now?

Larry HolderSo the roster sits at 50 as Ruud and Vilma aren't part of the roster. Expect some moves next week after Week 1.

Reid G.@AndrewJuge @Larry_Holder Pretty certain that's right. Saints site shows 50 on the active roster + Humber (suspended). That leaves two spots

Larry Holder@ReidG75 @AndrewJuge Three spots open. Lost four and added one. Ruud isn't on the roster as of now.

Reid G.@Larry_Holder @AndrewJuge So doesn't Humber count b/c he's suspended?

Reid G.@Larry_Holder @AndrewJuge I mangled that. I meant "So Humber doesn't count."

Andrew Juge@ReidG75 @Larry_Holder Humber is not on active roster. Neither was Vilma/Smith until yesterday

Reid G.@AndrewJuge @Larry_Holder I got it now. I thought Humber counted, which would mean two spots. He doesn't, so three spots open.

Andrew Juge@Larry_Holder @ReidG75 interesting. The Saints have never gone into a game w/ less than 53. Would be surprised if they stand pat

Chase DanielTrivia from A&M/ Florida game: SEC team with last 3 QBs in NFL? The one and only #Mizzou Tigers! Myself, @RealBradSmith & @BlaineGabbert!

Scott Shanle@jdrescher88 colorado is/was losing to Sacramento state! Lmao

Justin Drescher@scottshanle take it easy. Lots of time left. Thanks to Cox cable not providing me with PAC 12 net, I cannot watch it, better than Big10 tho

Scott Shanle@jdrescher88 u would be the only one watching it anyway! Not even streamed on the internet ! #garbageteams


Justin Drescher@scottshanle don't want to show the national audience how beatiful Boulder is with weak Sac St! Way better then Lincoln! #boringtown


Justin Drescher@scottshanle well all I can say is our town is scenic and our school is good. The football needs some work lol

Grandmaster WangAll I want to see tonight: A short side option play in which Mettenburger pitches it to Barkevious.

Scott Shanle@Larry_Holder what's your understanding of the commisioner exemption list that ruud and Vilma were put on? Never heard of it

Larry Holder@scottshanle Me neither. I guess the league had to make some exceptions with the suspensions vacated. Vilma and Ruud aren't on the 53.

Larry Holder@scottshanle Saints could use the two exemptions on anyone though. That's why Will Smith can play since he was activated back to roster.

Garland GillenThe "Cajun Cannon" is in the #LSU Press Box. I think the last time Bobby covered the #Tigers was BCS Title Game. Good times.

Adam CaplanWR Adrian Arrington, who was cut today by the Saints, is a vested veteran, so he can sign with another team.

New Orleans SaintsWe are hosting a food drive with @2ndHarvestGNOA tomorrow prior to the game! Fans can drop items off at upper level Gates A, C, E, & G

cameron jordanPlayin the brotherly third wheel/wingman... What can I say u can lead a horse to water but u cant make it drink. Or can u?!!!

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From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints release Adrian Arrington, Korey Hall; activate Will Smith | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - On the eve of their regular-season opener and following the reinstatement of previously suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, the New Orleans Saints have made a few roster moves.

Inside the New Orleans Saints-Washington Redskins game | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Season kicks off noon Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints don't need extra motivation for opener against Washington Redskins | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - After distraction-filled offseason team ready to play football in front of home fans.

Saints looking to force more turnovers - CBSSports.com
Guerry Smith - If the New Orleans Saints don't turn around their turnover differential, interim coach Aaron Kromer knows they have nowhere to go but down.

Robert Griffin III to begin career in front of friends, family | NOLA.com
Katherine Terrell - Redskins quarterback expects 30-50 friends and family to attend game.

From the Coach's Office: Saints face challenge in NFC South race but Redskins come first | sportsnola.com
Rick Galle - If the New Orleans Saints win 12 games, every head coach in the league should take a 50 percent pay cut.

Saints welcome rookie Robert Griffin III, Redskins for season opener | sportsnola.com
Lyle Fitzsimmons - SAINTS OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

The Saints will win plenty despite offseason troubles | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Finally, at long last, it’s time to play football — real football.

New Orleans Saints fans can’t wait for opener | The Advocate
Les East - The New Orleans Saints are set to begin the season with their third-string head coach and without their general manager and two key defensive players.

Dome decibels give New Orleans Saints decided advantage | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - Robert Griffin III hasn’t ever played the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Big Chief's Saints Vs. Redskins Preview & Breakdown - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3

The Saints are Motivated to Open the 2012 Regular Season | neworleanssaints.com
New Orleans kicks off the regular season against the Washington Redskins on Sunday (Noon CT) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Daily Special, September 8, 2012 | Who Dat Social Club
Himself

Saints Nation Featured on the Sons of Washington Podcast | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge

The following announcement was paid for by the New World Order | moosedenied.com
Grandmaster Wang

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Redskins Report

Robert Griffin III set to make his regular-season debut in his ‘true hometown,’ New Orleans - The Washington Post
Dave Sheinin - Redskins rookie quarterback’s family hails from New Orleans, where he spent formative time as a youth.

Saints expect to see Griffin as a runner and a passer | washingtonpost.com
Mark Maske - The New Orleans Saints are expecting Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to run with the ball often in his first NFL game Sunday at the Superdome.

Jim Haslett recalls trying 2005 season with Saints | washingtonpost.com
Mike Jones

Fan Crew Riding Nine Deep to New Orleans | redskins.com
Andrew Walker - Sammy Suleiman just can’t wait to catch his flight to New Orleans.

Final Word: NFC East - NFC East Blog | ESPN.com
Dan Graziano - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 1.

Programming note: On the road again - NFC East Blog | ESPN.com
Dan Graziano - I am headed this weekend to New Orleans, La.,where Sunday I will watch Robert Griffin III's NFL debut for the Washington Redskins against the Saints.

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BountyFail?

NFL not required to prove "intent to injure" when suspension process re-starts | ProFootballTalk
Florio - Many of you have raised in the wake of Friday's ruling from an internal appeals panel vacating the player suspensions and sending the bounty cases back to square one that, when Commissioner Roger Goodell imposes discipline the second time, he must prove the existence of "intent to injure.

Detillier: Goodell ''just Got Taken Down 2 Pegs'' - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3

Saints Suspensions: How Long With The Reprieve Last? - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and Will Smith are back in the NFL. For now.

NFL says nothing in New Orleans Saints' suspension ruling contradicts findings in bounty scandal | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Memo sent out to teams says Commissioner Roger Goodell will promptly reconsider determination for appropriate punishments.

No reason to expect Roger Goodell will let up on New Orleans Saints after Friday's bounty ruling | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Ideally, both sides would take this opportunity to start fresh and cooperate -- but they won't.

Suspended New Orleans Saints players score victory but it may be temporary | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Ruling allows Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma to play now but they can be re-suspended.

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Lagniappe

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Time for a look at the Saturday morning headlines from around the NFC South.

Lewis, Johnson, Dingman, Brooks to speak | sportsnola.com
Ken Trahan - Former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler Michael Lewis, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson, LSU Assistant Director of Football Operations Dean Dingman and Helen Cox head football coach Willie Brooks are the featured speakers at this week's meeting of the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club.

NFL Week 1 picks from The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com experts
All five have the New Orleans saints beating the Washington Redskins.

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