Saints News, 9/5/13: Saints Continue To Look Healthy Ahead Of Falcons Matchup

Wesley Hitt

Today's injury report is unchanged from yesterday's report. Only defensive end Glenn Foster and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus did not practice. In other news, Roddy White says he's "100% certain" he'll play this Sunday. Also, no accursed black pants for our team this week! The Saints will be wearing white jerseys and gold pants in order to mirror the look they had in the 2006 home opener game beat-down against Atlanta.



Saints vs. Falcons news

New Orleans Saints' Glenn Foster, Isa Abdul-Quddus only players not to practice Thursday |
Every other Saints player fully practiced Thursday

Payton anticipates OLB Galette playing against Atlanta | New Orleans
Junior Galette missed every training camp practice beginning Aug. 8, roughly 12 sessions and four preseason games.

Falcons rookie CB Desmond Trufant on facing Drew Brees |
Falcons rookie CB Desmond Trufant on facing Drew Brees

Falcons coach Mike Smith is 2-6 vs. Sean Payton | Atlanta Falcons |
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith is the winningest coach team history with a record of 56-24, but he has not fared well when matching wits with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.

Falcons WR Julio Jones on facing the Saints |
Falcons WR Julio Jones on facing the Saints

Roddy White "100 percent certain" he’s playing Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has played in 128 straight NFL games and he doesn't plan on letting his ankle get in the way of extending that streak. White was unequivocal when it came to questions about his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Quotes: Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Mike Smith & Matt Ryan on season opener

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Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, September 5
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Other Saints News

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Children of the Revolution -or- Long Distance Meacharound
Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton: Three steps ahead of your chump ass once again.

Sean Payton's 'back to basics' approach continues into New Orleans Saints' regular season workouts |
"We got back to old-school training camp. Practice was hard, a little longer. Conditioning after most practices. And we just had full pads today," Jenkins said Wednesday. "I think it will be good for us, though. Being mentally tough and being in great condition, that's one of those things (Payton) is big on. Then even in the weight room, continuing to lift hard throughout the week as opposed to just maintaining.

Payton's return brings changes to Saints in-season conditioning, lifting program | New Orleans
Jed Collins has a theory for why he and his teammates spent more time conditioning and weightlifting during training camp than in the past. Actually, it’s two theories.

Saints outside linebackers comfortable with depth at position | New Orleans
Junior Galette isn’t concerned that the Saints kept only three outside linebackers on their initial 2013 regular season roster.

Meachem says San Diego experience made him grow as a person | New Orleans
Robert Meachem sat at his locker in the Saints’ facility Wednesday and answered every question thrown his way.

Forecast: 11 predictions - some realistic, some bizarre - for 2013 Saints | New Orleans
Here are 12 things I think are certain to happen during the Saints 2013 season. Some are more likely than others, some are complete insanity, some are sheer fantasy, and some involve actual football. You can decide for yourself which is which.

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Chastity
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Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita to make WDSU debut |
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Around the league

NFL confirms: Read-option QBs can be hit like runners | ProFootballTalk
In an officiating video distributed to the media, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino says that read-option quarterbacks can be hit like runners, even if they don’t have the ball. If a quarterback who handed off or pitched the ball is still carrying out a fake in a running posture, he can be tackled the same way he would be if he still had the ball.

Cam Newton realizes desire to be a captain | ProFootballTalk
In May, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that he wanted to be a team captain. Coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday that Newton got what he wanted when he announced the names of the team's six captains. Newton's name was on the list and Rivera said he likes the way Newton is developing.

Anthony Spencer has knee setback, doesn’t practice | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys are going to unveil a brand-new defense, and they might be doing it with a lot of brand-new defensive linemen. According to Todd Archer of, defensive end Anthony Spencer said he had a setback with his knee, which kept him off the practice field.

Ray Lewis declined invitation to attend tonight’s game | ProFootballTalk
As the Ravens prepare for their first ever regular-season game without linebacker Ray Lewis on the team, the Ravens weren't quite ready to proceed without Lewis around.

Ed Hochuli sees no point in making referees full-time employees | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has discussed making referees full-time employees, rather than part-timers who work in the NFL while also having day jobs. One of the NFL's most famous referees doesn't see the point in that.

Williams clearly agitated during fight with Cooper | ProFootballTalk
Unless you're better at lip-reading than I am, it's still hard to know what's at the root of today's Riley Cooper-Cary Williams fight at Eagles practice this morning. But thanks to the video from our friends at CSNPhilly.

Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson headline Audibles Preseason All-Pro team | Audibles -
The predictions just keep on coming, as Chris Burke and Doug Farrar assess which players will be noted as the NFL's best with All-Pro nominations at the end of the 2013 season.

Bennett on Urlacher’s claim of defenses faking injuries: ‘Every team does that’ - Chicago Sun-Times
Martellus Bennett wasn’t surprised by Brian Urlacher’s claim the Bears faked injuries as a tactic to slow down fast-paced offenses.  "Every team does that," the tight end, in his first year with Chicago after stints with Dallas and the New York Giants, said after practice Wednesday

Niners' Jim Harbaugh condemns Packers' 'tough talk' -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't taken kindly to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' "tough talk" on stopping the read option. Harbaugh says it sounds like "targeting" the QB.

NFL offering millions for helmet innovations
The NFL launched a $10 million incentive program Wednesday aimed at finding better shock absorbent materials for helmets and other technological advances to protect the brain from concussions. Meanwhile, the league plans to have some players wearing head impact sensors this season.

Sources: Byrd, agent trying to orchestrate trade - Sports - The Buffalo News
The objective of Jairus Byrd and his agent is to engineer a trade from the Buffalo Bills by the NFL trade deadline, two league sources told The News.The negotiating position is hardly a surprise, given the impasse in contract talks between the two sides and the grim demeanor Byrd presented...

Dez Bryant will win 2013 NFL MVP, Michael Irvin says -
Dez Bryant already is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Michael Irvin, the greatest Dallas Cowboys receiver of all time, says Bryant is poised for even greater things.



VIDEO: Sean Payton: "Cam Jordan has been impressive"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, September 4, 2013.

VIDEO: Roman Harper "the crowd will be loud Sunday"
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, September 5, 2013.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Afternoon Wrap: September 5
Sean Kelley and John DeShazier wrap up New Orleans Saints practice on Wednesday, September 5, 2013 by focusing on the Saints' plan for the Falcons and a one-on-one with LB Curtis Lofton.

Inside Edge: Falcons-Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: ESPN Insider Mike Sando delivers some key stats to help you decide a winner between Atlanta and New Orleans.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Morning Report: September 5
New Orleans Saints Senior writer John Deshazier talks with LB Junior Galette for the New Orleans Saints Morning Report on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

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