Saints News, 10/3/13: Saints Will Travel to Chicago on Friday Due To Tropical Storm Karen

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Coach Payton said today the team will travel to Chicago a day early in order to avoid any possible Saturday weather delays caused by Tropical Storm Karen. They will depart Friday afternoon after practice and hold their normal Saturday walk-through at a Chicago field close to their hotel. In other news, Jimmy Graham becomes the first tight end to ever earn Offensive Player of the Month honors. Congrats to the Graham Reaper. He's only just getting started, folks. Scroll down for today's Saints injury report.

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Saints Preparing for Bears

New Orleans Saints will travel to Chicago on Friday due to Tropical Storm Karen
Typically the Saints hold a walk-through at the team’s facility on Saturday before departing off for a road game. Payton said they would use a field near their hotel on Saturday for the walk-through.

Saints leaving early to beat the storm | ProFootballTalk
No NFL team is more sensitive to what weather can do than the Saints. And even though Tropical Storm Karen doesn't appear to be a big one (although a mild hurricane is kind of like a mild concussion, i.e., one that happens to someone else), the Saints aren't taking any chances.

New Orleans Saints issue Thursday injury report
The New Orleans Saints issued their second injury report of the week Thursday with the major change of Brodrick Bunkley being upgraded to limited at practice. The defensive tackle has been out of the lineup and practice with a calf injury since the opening win against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Cameron Jordan leads New Orleans Saints stifling defense

Forecast: Saints don't need running game to be super | wwltv.com New Orleans

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Bears Preparing For Saints

Julius Peppers hopes for bad game from Drew Brees - ESPN Chicago
"When you play against somebody like a Drew Brees, a Peyton Manning, a (Tom) Brady or somebody like that, sometimes you've just got to hope for them to have a bad game," Peppers said, laughing. "That's just where we are right now. We're gonna rush. We're gonna try to affect him in the ways we can. I think we're gonna do a little bit better this week in that area."

Chicago Bears Coach Marc Trestman, Jermon Bushrod talk about playing Saints
Bushrod left the Saints in free agency

Bushrod has no hard feelings for Saints after leaving for Bears | wwltv.com New Orleans
"Sometimes you just have to take the feelings out of it a little bit," Bushrod said. "It was tough because New Orleans meant a lot to me, still does being that my wife is from there and I won a Super Bowl there. But this is just another opportunity, another opportunity for my family, another opportunity for us and it is a special situation."

Josh McCown excited to face younger brother Luke
It may not be the "Manning Bowl," but Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown is excited about facing his brother Luke, who serves in the same position with the Saints.

Durkin’s Playbook: Saints Passing Attack – Deception and Execution " CBS Chicago
Let’s go to the film room to look at how the Saints stay one step ahead of their opponents.

New Orleans Saints’ defense another difficult task for Chicago Bears’ offense
While the Saints' offense is as good as ever, their defense is quietly stepping up their game. And the Bears must be ready...

Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2013: Week 4 vs. Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron
The pass protection of the Chicago Bears had their worst day of the young season against the Detroit Lions. Let's take a look at how Detroit picked up their three sacks.

Adam Podlesh striving to bounce back versus Saints
Blaming his poor performance in Detroit on bad mechanics, Bears punter Adam Podlesh is confident that he'll be able to make the necessary corrections Sunday against the Saints.

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Other Saints News

Jimmy Graham becomes first tight end to win Player of the Month | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has been handing out AFC and NFC Player of the Month awards, four months a season, since 1986. Never has a tight end been named player of the month.

NFL - Jimmy Graham now second to none - ESPN
Jimmy Graham is a matchup nightmare. He's also the best tight end in the game, writes Ashley Fox.

NFL Honors Watch: Early award leaders - NFL.com
It was a tough decision on whether to put Brees or Graham higher. Graham isn't just the best tight end in the league; he's the most dominant receiver period.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Eat My Dust, You Insensitive F***
Nothing like three and a half hours of high-quality primetime competence porn 24 hours removed from yet another Falcons loss to keep that boner raging. I don't know about you, but my nipples could cut glass right about now.

Saints Feeling Similarities to Super Bowl Season
Saints Feeling Similarities to Super Bowl Season

Saints Rookie DT John Jenkins a Budding Star
Saints Rookie DT John Jenkins a Budding Star

6 Plays from Monday: Saints show what complementary football looks like | wwltv.com New Orleans
For as long as Sean Payton has been involved with the New Orleans Saints, one word has consistently been used to describe what he wants the product on the field to ultimately look like – complementary.

Drew Brees embraces 'championship feelings' - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are 4-0 for the first time since 2009, when they started 13-0 and wound up winning the Super Bowl. So naturally, the comparisons have already started coming up a few times in interviews.

After Further Review: Bush, Sproles lead emerging class of 'air backs' - CBSSports.com
Prisco: Step aside, you 'three yards and a cloud of dust' running backs. Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles are leading the next wave -- quick, play-making 'air backs.'

Jonathan Vilma to host 4th Annual Celebrity Servers event at Morton's the Steakhouse
The event will take place November 11th from 6-10 p.m.

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Around the League

Tragic new details revealed surrounding suicide of former Charger Paul Oliver - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Oliver was released by the New Orleans Saints after training camp in 2011, and returned to San Diego that season.

New book exposing NFL player safety drama - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The NFL is getting more criticism in a new book from the guys that brought you BALCO. It goes as far as comparing the NFL handling of concussions to Big Tobacco and its handling of cancer. See the full story here. New book exposing NFL player safety drama

Bucs release Josh Freeman: reports | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Tired of working for a trade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh Freeman, according to numerous media reports on Thurs…

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton updates Saints travel plans
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, October 3, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

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