Saints News, 10/21/13: NFL Plagued By Player Injuries In Week 7

Streeter Lecka

With news of all of the star NFL players suffering serious injury in week 7, it makes me glad the Saints were on a bye. Several NFL stars are now lost for the season and one is still in the ICU at a local hospital after being carted off the field due to a very serious neck/head injury. Lots of bad luck circulating through the league yesterday. I hate to see not only Saints players go down due to injury, but any player.



Around the League

Patriots Had Cheated Before On FGs; Jets Warned Officials
You're looking at a screengrab from last weeks' New England win over the Saints, shared by the Globe's Ben Volin. On a New Orleans field goal attempt, rookie tackle Chris Jones is pushing Will Svitek into the offensive lineman. It's the same illegal move, with the same two players, that got the Pats flagged against the Jets last night. This was a designed play, and the Jets reportedly knew it was coming—and alerted officials to look for it.

Bill Belichick of New England Patriots admits he was wrong that play wasn't penalty - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took Chris Jones off the hook Monday, admitting he was wrong when he said Sunday he didn't believe his team committed a penalty on a pivotal missed field goal attempt by the New York Jets in overtime.

Bill Belichick: Blame me, not Chris Jones | ProFootballTalk
"I think Chris is obviously trying to do the right thing by stepping up and taking responsibility but that’s not his responsibility, it’s ours," Belichick said, via the Boston Globe. "We just have to do a better job of coaching that. It’s not his fault, that’s on me [and] the coaching staff, we just have to do a better job there."

Jamaal Charles: I'm not a dirty player, sorry for Brian Cushing injury - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Jamaal Charles: Im not a dirty player, sorry for Brian Cushing injury

Texans make a statement by releasing three | ProFootballTalk
The Texans have lost five straight, and saw a quarterback hurt before they had to bench him.So obviously, it's scapegoat time.According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have released defensive end Sam Montgomery, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and running back Cierre Wood f...

MRI confirms torn ACL for Reggie Wayne | ProFootballTalk
The Colts thought wide receiver Reggie Wayne tore the ACL in his right knee on Sunday night. Now they know he did. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the MRI performed on Wayne's knee on Monday confirmed the initial diagnosis and that means the Colts will now have to play the rest of the season w...

Colts should call the Giants about Nicks | ProFootballTalk
When the Colts lost running back Vick Ballard for the year, they quickly swung a trade for Browns running back Trent Richardson. Now that receiver Reggie Wayne is gone for the year, they should call the team that won a Super Bowlin Lucas Oil Stadium.

Pro Bowl voting starts Sunday
Fans can vote for their favorite Saints players on

NFC South roundup: Falcons, Panthers win
Falcons edge Bucs; Panthers improve to 3-3

Jermichael Finley in ICU, has regained almost all movement | ProFootballTalk
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a scary looking injury that left his teammates shaken up as they watched Finley be immobilized and taken out of Lambeau Field on a gurney by medical personnel.

Titans owner Bud Adams dies at 90 | ProFootballTalk
Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams Jr., the Tennessee Titans owner who has been a significant figure in professional football for more than half a century, has died at the age of 90.

Suspension in play for Meriweather | ProFootballTalk
As explained on Sunday, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is facing a possible suspension after inflicting a pair of illegal hits on Sunday against Bears receivers. A league source says suspension definitely is on the table.

Jay Cutler will miss at least a month with groin tear | ProFootballTalk
While there are season-ending injuries in other cities, the Bears have now taken a pair of major blows today. The Bears announced that quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks with a torn groin muscle, after the previously reported four- to six-week absence of linebacker Lance Briggs.

Report: Doug Martin has torn labrum, could be out for year | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said after yesterday's loss to the Falcons he hadn't separated his shoulder when he was hit by Falcons safety William Moore. Turns out, it could be much worse.


Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Get to know the Buffalo Bills - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A home date with the Buffalo Bills (3-4) certainly seems like a favorable matchup for the New Orleans Saints (5-1). But the Bills have proven to be a

Saints' roster spotlight: Defensive line - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints' defensive line through the first six weeks of the 2013 season: Looking back: The Saints’ defensive line play

Remainder of New Orleans Saints' schedule more difficult than it may appear: analysis |
Take away winless Tampa Bay, other eight Saints opponents a combined 30-24 through Week 7

Morten Andersen reflects on Bum Phillips
As I received the news of Bum Phillips' passing this morning, my thoughts drifted back to 1982 when I first received his phone call informing me that I was a Saint.

This Week in Saints History: October 16-22
1977—Saints lose at the L.A. Rams, 14-7. Saints tackle John Watson put on IR after game with knee injury.

Players, Peers, Opera Pay Tribute to Bum Phillips | Kissing Suzy Kolber

With Saints up next, Bills rally to win | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Thad Lewis completed one pass for a first down even as a blitzing linebacker knocked his helmet off and sent it skitt…

Jimmy Graham, Jimmy Graham Injury, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints
Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (left) and free safety Devin McCourty (32) break up a pass intended for N

Should We Vote Brees Into The Pro Bowl, Or Wait For The Super Bowl?
Jan 27, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; General view of the most valuable player trophy at the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TOD

Saints Nation: Scouting the Bills

Saints morning report: Back to work - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints will return to practice today after players were given a full week off during the bye. Today’s "bonus" sessio

John DeShazier: There was more to Bum Phillips than victories
'He was a great mentor, great coach, great person'

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Monday, October 21
The Saints return from the bye week

Statements from Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc on the passing of Titans Owner Bud Adams
Bud Adams passed away at his home Monday morning in Houston

New Orleans Saints mailbag: Jimmy Graham and the cap - ESPN
Thanks for submitting your questions to me on Twitter this week. I’ll put together a New Orleans Saints mailbag every weekend and occasionally s

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham status uncertain, source says - ESPN
Injured New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham

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