Saints News, 9/27/13: Ingram, Harper, Moore Still Not Participating In Saints Practice

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In today's second Saints practice session of the week, DT Broderick Bunkley (calf), RB Mark Ingram (toe), DE Tom Johnson (hamstring), WR Lance Moore (hand), and S Roman Harper (knee) did not practice. CB Jabari Greer (back), S Isa Abdul Quddus (ankle), CB Chris Carr (knee), G Jahri Evans (hamstring), G Tim Lelito (calf), and DE Tyrunn Walker (knee) were all listed as limited. Since the Saints don't play until Monday night, they won't release their final pre-Dolphins injury report until tomorrow. Could this be the week second-year WR Nick Toon (pictured with Brees) finally sees some regular season game action? Despite making several impressive plays during preseason, he's been a healthy scratch for each of the first three games.

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Miami Dolphins DT Paul Soliai and DE Cam Wake are among five defensive starters on injury report.

Mike Wallace: Tannehill ahead of where I thought | Miami Dolphins In Depth
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Around the league

Roddy White still isn’t where he wants to be, but will play Sunday | ProFootballTalk
When Falcons wide receiver Roddy White initially hurt his ankle in August, the Falcons said that he had not suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain that has kept many a player from being in the lineup.

Grand jury indicts Aaron Hernandez’s fiance | ProFootballTalk
Prosecutors have believed that Shayanna Jenkins, the fiance of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, engaged in "overt attempts to hide evidence . . . and to hinder and mislead" their investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd. A grand jury now agrees.

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Ponder has fractured rib, Cassel to start | Access Vikings | StarTribune.com
LONDON -- Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has a fractured rib and will not play Sunday against the Steelers.Matt Cassel will replace Ponder in his Vikings...

Giants will be without 40 percent of O-line | ProFootballTalk
If the Giants are going to avoid an 0-4 start, they're going to have to do it without at least three starters. The team announced that center David Baas and guard Chris Snee are officially out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, along with cornerback Corey Webster.

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FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons, in part because of leaky pass protection, have relied heavily on their short passing game early in 2013.

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DeAngelo Williams among NFL’s top rushers in Panthers’ post-Rob Chudzinski era | CharlotteObserver.com
DeAngelo Williams is putting up vintage numbers for the Panthers one year after changes were made in rushing philosophy and the offensive coordinator.

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton is confident in the young WRs
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, September 27, 2013. (New Orleans Saints)

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Black and Gold Today: Drew Brees vs. Brent Grimes, Saints trivia challenge winner and more - Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Larry Holder discuss two key matchups for the Saints and Dolphins on Monday night, plus Mark Ingram's thoughts on the running game and this week's trivia challenge winner.


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