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Saints Camp Day 5: Hittin' the Links

Well, it's been quite an eventful day. The biggest news being Pierre Thomas leaving practice due to an injured wrist. All reports seem to indicate it's not serious, so he should be back at practice soon. There was some other news about a certain QB retiring.....again. The overwhelming consensus around the world on that is, "Yeah right. I'll believe it only when he officially files his papers. And then, maybe."

The best news of the day, and kinda lost behind the other two stories mentioned, is that Marques Colston is now off the PUP list and back to 100%. Welcome back, "Quiet Storm!" Much more after the jump.


Pierre Thomas injures wrist | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
"I think it’s fine," Head Coach Sean Payton said, "but we’ll get an X-ray on it." He added, "I think it’s more of a bone bruise based on what I saw."

Marques Colston participated in New Orleans Saints practice for the first time |
"Physically, I feel about 100 percent. It's just a matter of getting out here and getting timing with the quarterbacks. It's just getting back in to football shape."

Saints Colston: ‘I feel about 100 percent’ | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston went through his first full-go session at training camp Tuesday after having offseason surgery to correct a lingering knee problem.

New Orleans Saints get good news/bad news on injury front |
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, the team's leading ground gainer the past two season, hurt his wrist on the team's first full-contact play of training camp Tuesday and did not return to practice. Coach Sean Payton confirmed it is the same left wrist Thomas had surgery on following the 2008 season and hurt again during training camp.

For second straight day, New Orleans Saints defense reigns over offense |
For the second consecutive day at training camp, the New Orleans Saints defense clearly outplayed the league's best offense. Working in the red zone in the first live drills of camp, the offense found the going tough on the ground and fared little better in the air. 

Payton August 3 Practice Update
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton put his team through a two and a half hour practice on Tuesday, Morning, August 3. Following the practice, he gave the media an injury update and also talked about several players and the status of Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre. Follow the link for a transcript.

New Orleans Saints camp confidential: Spotlight on left tackles |
Who's hot; play and quote of the day

Practice Observations: Clouds keep heat down, defense wins red zone battle | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
WR Marques Colston (right knee) returned to practice full-go for the first time this training camp. Colston, whose surgery was originally said to be to his left knee, clarified that it was his right knee. The receiver said he felt 100 percent.

New Orleans Saints try backup kicker with decidedly mixed results |
It's a good thing kickers don't get hurt a lot, judging from what transpired at the New Orleans Saints training camp on Tuesday. One day after kicker Garrett Hartley nailed every one of his attempts at practice, and polished things off with a 52 yarder, the Saints decided to rest him and throw punter Thomas Morstead into the role.

Moore healthy at just the right time
With New Orleans Saints wide receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem on the active physically unable to perform list, Lance Moore has gotten ample opportunity to show he is healthy again at the start of the team’s preseason training camp.

New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans only getting better |
"Jahri has spent the offseason working to improve his footwork, " offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said. "He's a strong individual -- he has played very physical through his couple of years starting. So now he's really concentrating on his feet and working to improve the aspect of covering ground and just trying to perfect that part of his game.

New Orleans Saints running back battle heats up at camp |
Second-year player P.J. Hill, a Wisconsin product who came close to making the Saints last year, is locked up with Chris Ivory, a free agent out of less-known Tiffin. And the beauty of the battle isn't so much its singular nature given the Saints' talent, it's that both have shown genuine flashes of excellence.

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Sharper Speaks
Saints S Darren Sharper met with the media following today's practice. He discussed with reporters his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery and the status of his former teammate Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre.


Reports: Brett Favre tells Minnesota Vikings he will retire - ESPN
Brett Favre has informed his Vikings teammates that he will not return for another season in Minnesota, the Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

New Orleans Saints react to Brett Favre retirement reports |
"I don't believe anything until it's official," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said, offering a brief reaction as he jogged off the field.

Saints react to Favre’s retirement with a yawn | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
"Has there ever been a final chapter?" Sharper said. "We haven’t seen a final chapter yet in that book. It’s still ongoing. Even in the middle of the season it still could be an ongoing thing."

Vikings-Saints season opener doesn't need Brett Favre

Childress: Favre hasn't told me he's retiring |
Vikings coach Brad Childress denied Tuesday morning that Brett Favre has informed him he planned to retire. Could this all be one huge epic fail by the media?

Favre will suit up in '10, count on it - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Whether it's for the season opener or in mid-October, QB Brett Favre will return to the Vikings. - National Football League news


Rickey Jackson's Career Biography
A short look at the Hall of Famer's great career.

Rickey Jackson to Canton, Part One: The Formative Years

Rickey Jackson's Draft Journey

The Story Behind Rickey Jackson's Helmet

New Orleans Saints great Rickey Jackson always wanted to be the best |
"I'm getting ready to go to Canton, " Jackson said, "I've got a life right here ... growing up in Pahokee, I'm pleased where I came from. It might not have the big buildings, but everything I've got, I've gotten from here. I'm always coming back to Pahokee. Pahokee is home. It has that closeness.


Release of Madden NFL 11 calls for a party, after all it's New Orleans |
To mark the launch of Madden NFL 11 - EA Sports, the company that manufatures the game, will be celebrating with a Mardi Gras-themed event on Aug. 9 in New Orleans.

Reggie Bush's Last Laugh
After 4 years of investigations that ultimately culminated in Bush’s committing major violations, the NCAA effectively announced Bush as ineligible and stripped the University of Southern California of their wins from December of 2004 until Bush’s announcement that he would declare for the NFL draft in 2006.

Reggie Bush healthy, happy in New Orleans | | Shreveport Times
He's no longer dating ersatz celebrity Kim Kardashian of Los Angeles. His other trophy, the Heisman, is also gone. Southern California, his estranged school, sent it back and has thoroughly distanced itself from Bush after the NCAA dropped the hammer on USC for rules violations that centered on Bush and could strip the Trojans and Bush of their 2004 national title.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can take pride in helping bring New Orleans Saints home |

New Orleans Saints' bond with fans impresses NFL commissioner Roger Goodell |

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mum on New Orleans Saints Vicodin lawsuit |
"I think we're going to have closure on it sooner than later," Payton said.

New Orleans Saints camp confidential: Spotlight on tight ends |
Who's hot, who's not; play of the day

New Orleans Saints notebook from Monday's practices |
News and notes from training camp

New Orleans Saints offense has uncharacteristic off day |
Defense wins Monday's battles at training camp

New Orleans Saints defense shines in afternoon practice |
WR Marques Colston 'itching to return'

Shanle joins Shockey in resting knees during Saints practice | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
Linebacker Scott Shanle joined tight end Jeremy Shockey in being held out of practice Monday afternoon as the Saints completed their seventh session of training camp.


New Orleans Saints video: Sean Payton discusses Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston

Drew Brees talks about BP oil spill


New Orleans Saints react to Brett Favre's apparent retirement
Rickey Jackson's Early Years

New Orleans Saints video: So far, so good; injuries appear minor for Saints
Bobby McCray says he's glad to be back with the Saints
Chip Vaughn on how to make the Saints roster

Brian Allee-Walsh and Les East talk about the day at Saints camp in Metairie.