Saints News, 9/20/13: Roman Harper To Sit Out Cardinals Game

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He was officially ruled out along with safety Isa Abdul-Quddus on the Saints' final injury report. Mark Ingram and Jahri Evans missed practice again today and are listed as questionable. They haven't practiced all week, so chances are we may not see them in Sunday's game. I'd guess we definitely won't see Ingram and Evans might have more of a chance to play if he's healthy. In other news, Rob Ryan revealed today in a video interview that the first thing that jumped out at him about Kenny Vaccaro was his "sweet tats." PHOTO CAPTION: "Wonder Twins power, activate!"



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WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Final Saints Pre-Arizona Injury Report
Here is the official Saints participation injury report for Friday Did Not Practice S Roman Harper Knee Out for Sunday S Isa Abdul Quddus Ankle Out for Sunday G Jahri Evans Hamstring Questionable for Sunday DT Brodrick Bunkley Calf Questionable for

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Saints host Cardinals, seek 3-0 start
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Tyrann Mathieu Goes Back To New Orleans
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Saints Nation: Saints Without Harper, Ingram and Evans on Sunday? | September | 2013 Articles
For the second straight day, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans and Mark Ingram were all held out of practice entirely. It's looking more and more possible the Saints could be without at least one if not two of the three players.

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New metric has Saints tied for second in pass rush
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Graham: Absorbing big hits part of his job - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"I know that I play in the noise down there in the seams and down the middle of the field. So, you know, it’s just all of ‘em are hits to me," Graham said when asked if he was upset by the nature of the Buccaneers' illegal hits against himself and tailback Darren Sproles. "As long as I can get up and keep playing, that’s all I care about."

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Garrett Hartley could have jogged onto the field with five seconds remaining in the Saints’ game at Tampa Bay on Sunday and thought about how his job was on the line.

Disabled fan says Superdome changes causing more problems than solving | New Orleans
Shelby Bailey will be the first to tell you that he loves everything Saints.

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Sean Payton and Aucoin Hart Foundation team up for Payton’s "Play it Forward" benefit
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FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: It Gets Harder
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Around the league

Martellus Bennett calls Bears coach Mark Trestman Willy Wonka, says he is an offensive genius; the Chicago tight end is also behind Black Unicorn and the Cap’N Crunch rap - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Chicago Bears head coach Mark Trestman is considered a passing genius. And through two games, he has Jay Cutler playing well and his team off to a 2-0 start. One of the biggest beneficiaries of Trestman's new offense is Martellus Bennett, who has 10 catches for 125 yards and three TDs on the season, including the game-winning 16-yard grab with 10 seconds to go in Sunday's 31-30 win over Minnesota.

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Saints vs Cardinals 2013 Trailer
The New Orleans Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, September 22, 2013 to host the Arizona Cardinals! The game will be regionally televised on FOX.

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