Saints Preseason News, 8/20/13: Marques Colston & Curtis Lofton Return to Practice

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Both were reportedly in full pads today. Woo HOOOO! In other news, Brees tells ESPN that "Kenny Stills is a bigger version of Lance Moore" and "Nick Toon reminds him of Vincent Jackson." AWESOME!

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THAT'S AN EXCITING TWEET!!! ^

^It's about time Mike Freeman admitted he was wrong when he blindly believed Goodell last year and trashed the Saints. He finally does that in the above article.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Colston, Lofton return to practice for Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Receiver Marques Colston returned to practice Monday, his first time going through drills Aug. 8, the day before the Saints’ preseason opener against Kansas City.

Saints moves show confidence in young receivers | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints coach Sean Payton has seen enough out of young receivers Nick Toon and Kenny Stills to know they’ll be all right. Because of that, the Saints released two veteran receivers Monday – Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton.

Humber, Hawthorne give Saints confidence in depth at inside linebacker | wwltv.com New Orleans
The names of New Orleans’ starting inside linebackers Friday night were relatively unknown. Only the most informed of Saints fans could have told you who Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne were prior to it.

Herring joins list of linebackers sidelined for Saints practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
Will Herring was added to a growing list of linebackers missing from Saints practice, leaving New Orleans with 10 total healthy players at the position for Tuesday’s session.

From the Coach's Office: Saints-Raiders Preseason Week 2 Review
Saints fans can feel good about what they have seen so far in the preseason, but must keep that enthusiasm in check. The Black & Gold has played against two bad teams from the AFC West, so while there were some positive signs, they are a long way from being a championship team.

NFL Training Camp Snapshot 2013: New Orleans Saints | Audibles - SI.com
With the 2013 NFL season rapidly approaching, we’re taking a spin around the league for a closer look at all 32 teams. Track all of our Snapshots here. Obviously, no NFL team has ever gone through what the New Orleans Saints went through last year.

McCown closer to becoming Saints backup QB | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Luke McCown is one throw closer to becoming Drew Brees' backup for 2013.

Saints leave fog of 2012 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Now that it’s finally behind them, the Saints can look back and say the calendar year of 2012 was one they wouldn’t wish on anyone. Not eve…

Luke McCown gets nod at No. 2 QB for Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints left their practice facility in Metairie on Monday knowing Luke McCown would be their No. 2 quarterback, and they sh…

Saints place kicker Garrett Hartley stays consistent in preseason | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints felt sure enough about kicker Garrett Hartley that they cut the player challenging him for his job four days before …

You Don't Want to Tangle with These Toughened-Up Saints | Bleacher Report
What happened next was something the NFL didn’t expect. The players challenged the league—and the media that condemned them. I was one of those media members who thought the Saints were guilty, but just as much as myself and others furthered that narrative, the players protested their innocence. What started to change my mind was an impassioned e-mail from Fujita, who said I would regret some of the things I wrote. Fujita would later be completely exonerated.

Saints Nation Podcast: Saints Defense is Awesome, Rob Ryan is King of the Seven Kingdoms | August | 2013 Articles

Luke McCown talks about the New Orleans Saints releasing Seneca Wallace
Luke McCown says Seneca Wallace's release is the "tough part of this business"

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, August, 20
Sean Payton said Ramon Humber "played exceptionally well" during the Oakland Raiders game

New Orleans Saints linebacker Will Herring misses practice Tuesday | NOLA.com
Linebacker Junior Galette also out

Black and Gold Today: Marques Colston's return, Drew Brees and Sean Payton interviews, and more - Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell discuss WR Marques Colston's impact and DE Cameron Jordan's talent. Also hear from Drew Brees and Sean Payton. Watch every weekday for your daily snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

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Saints @ Texans

Texans DE Antonio Smith could be in big trouble after escalation of feud with Dolphins OG Richie Incognito | Audibles - SI.com
The history between Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith and Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is not pleasant at all, and after what happened in the Texans' 24-17 preseason victory Saturday, it could become a lot more unpleasant for Smith.

Antonio Smith of Houston Texans expected to be suspended for up to 2 preseason games, source says - ESPN
The NFL is expected to suspend Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for up to two preseason games for using a helmet as a weapon against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Houston Texans optimistic about Arian Foster for season opener - ESPN
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic about Arian Foster's progress despite the star running back's setback this week.

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Around the league

Both Raiders' lines in need of repair - Wire NFL - The Sacramento Bee
Raiders coach Dennis Allen doesn't have to be told there's work to be done when it comes to his offensive line. The New Orleans Saints drove home that point by running around, past and over the Raiders time and again.

Smith will appeal his suspension | ProFootballTalk
Texans defensive end Antonio Smith has been suspended for the final two preseason games and for his team's regular-season opener. To little surprise, Smith will appeal the penalty.

Report: Police find gun used in July 2012 double murder | ProFootballTalk
Authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill Odin Lloyd, allegedly by or at the behest of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. But they've reportedly found the weapon used in a separate double murder linked to Hernandez.

Three ’72 Dolphins skip White House visit for political reasons | ProFootballTalk
President Obama is welcoming the undefeated 1972 Dolphins to the White House today, but three players won't be there because they have a problem with the president.

Eagles name Michael Vick their starting quarterback | ProFootballTalk
Michael Vick is the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback. Eagles coach Chip Kelly made it official on Tuesday, declaring that he had seen enough to believe that Vick is the man to run his offense.

Osi Umenyiora has giant influence on Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Each day after practice, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and defensive end Osi Umenyiora find each other inside the team's workout room, doing what the best players do. 'I mess with

Von Miller's name apears on murder trial's witness list
Team says linebacker has 'no direct involvement' in the death-penalty case

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton Talks Running Backs
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

VIDEO: Drew Brees Talks About Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees talks with reporters after practice on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Video: Roman Harper talks about the test of facing the Texans | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

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