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Saints will face the Chiefs at home, the Raiders at home, the Texans on the road (nationally broadcast Aug. 25th on FOX), and finish off with the Dolphins on the road.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The full @<a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">nfl</a> preseason schedule <a href="http://t.co/3ACqJfuxss" title="http://bit.ly/10zNrtw">bit.ly/10zNrtw</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/319911372261580801">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints preseason game at the Texans will be nationally televised on Aug. 25 at 3 pm CT on @<a href="https://twitter.com/nflonfox">nflonfox</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/319902854338998272">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>More info on the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> 2013 preseason schedule <a href="http://t.co/YqyeirxDCF" title="http://bit.ly/16tkFNj">bit.ly/16tkFNj</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/319903104424345601">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Host KC and Oak, travel to Hou and Miami in last 2 games "@<a href="https://twitter.com/nakiahogan">nakiahogan</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> to play Chiefs, Raiders, Texans &amp; Dolphins in preseason"</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/319908515340759040">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>After 21 seasons, former Lions K Jason Hanson announced his retirement.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/319907053604839424">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Slowly but surely our entire lives are boarding the truck. We have some great help though. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23relocation">#relocation</a> <a href="http://t.co/w6rZmjpL4Z" title="http://instagram.com/p/XsdDJGFtwN/">instagram.com/p/XsdDJGFtwN/</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/319894546530050048">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a>: "From adversity, heroes are born," - @<a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason">team_gleason</a> <a href="http://t.co/eZ0MjSAxgo" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/319880401550196737/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; team gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/status/319888074945490944">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/319873001619341313">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/319873043205873664">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Alabama RB Eddie Lacy will visit the Rams <a href="http://t.co/QYPKVqojGM" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-82Rf">wp.me/p14QSB-82Rf</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/319872512957759488">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Updated preseason football on ESPN Thursday/Monday nights:Aug. 8: CINCY @ ATLAug. 15: SD @ CHICAug. 19: PITT @ WASHAug. 22: CAR @ BALT</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/319915029308772352">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL releases preseason schedule <a href="http://t.co/6y3FZsNSIz" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-82Wh">wp.me/p14QSB-82Wh</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/319914020012441601">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/torreysmithwr">torreysmithwr</a>: Forgot to put this pic up with @<a href="https://twitter.com/markingram22">markingram22</a><a href="http://t.co/F2QNZUd6Bn" title="http://lockerz.com/s/288939752">lockerz.com/s/288939752</a>" Fresh!</p>&mdash; Mark Ingram(@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/status/319915629551448064">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Classic misunderstanding: passing the gas station I saw two nuns filling up. "I didn't know that nuns could drive cars," I say.</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/status/319851709868417024">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My friend looks at me and responds, "Come on Jabari; their nuns,not Mormons." What?!!!Your thinking Amish man.</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/status/319851656051318785">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Long and early morning doing all I can to get better. Hope everybody's doing the same.</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/319849368528228352">April 4, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints first two preseason games at home, last two on the road | NOLA.com
The Saints' third preseason game, which is widely considered the most important as the regulars typically see their most playing time, is against Texans, who feature a high-powered offense, at Reliant Stadium. The game against the Texans will be nationally televised by Fox on Aug. 25.

New Orleans Saints about $2 million under salary cap | NOLA.com
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NFL orders teams to have cameras in locker rooms, will show footage only in stadiums | NOLA.com
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Saints Nation Podcast with Special Guest Mike Karney
Former Saints fullback Mike Karney joins Andrew Juge and Ralph to talk about why Steve Spagnuolo failed as Saints defensive coordinator. It's the most detailed and informative explanation on why the Saints defense was so bad. Seriously, it's must listen. Mike also talks about the new helmet rule for running backs.

2013 NFL Draft: Ezekiel Ansah Visiting the New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints hosted 2013 NFL draft prospect Ezekiel Ansah. Find out why the Saints should draft Ansah with their 15th pick.

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Other NFL News

Report: "Good chance" JaMarcus Russell gets another shot | ProFootballTalk
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NFL closes investigation into Scouting Combine questions | ProFootballTalk
To little fanfare and no surprise, the NFL officially has closed the books on the investigation that was sparked by accounts of inappropriate questions being posed to incoming rookies (also known as "job applicants") at the Scouting Combine. According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.

Brian Banks cashes in chance at NFL by signing with Atlanta Falcons - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Banks finally gets his NFL shot after being exonerated for crime, Alex Marvez says. Brian Banks cashes in chance at NFL by signing with Atlanta Falcons

Cards' Washington gets 4-game suspension
Cardinals Pro Bowler Daryl Washington suspended four games for substance abuse violation.

After free-agency shakeout, Geno a lock to be picked in top five - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Geno Smith's stock hasn't dropped, and several teams are still looking to upgrade at QB. Jason La Canfora says that means Smith will definitely be a top-five pick.

Asomugha: 49ers offer a 'rejuvenated opportunity' | CSN Bay Area

Thomas Dimitroff: Something’s "around the corner" with Matt Ryan’s contract | ProFootballTalk
Thursday's release of starting right tackle Tyson Clabo came as a bit of a surprise, but the Falcons' ulterior motives for making the move aren't surprising at all. The team wants to sign quarterback Matt Ryan to a contract extension and excising Clabo's $4.

On-field issues are bigger concern than work ethic for Geno Smith | ProFootballTalk
The recent assessment from draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki that former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is ""Not a student of the game," "Not committed or focused" and has a "marginal work ethic" has been dissected so thoroughly that Smith's body of work on the field has been largely overlooked.

Arians: I don’t see a quarterback the Cardinals would take at No. 7 | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says acquiring quarterback Carson Palmer doesn't make the Cardinals any less likely to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback. Because they were never going to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback anyway.

New Lion C.J. Mosley apologizes for injuring Matthew Stafford | ProFootballTalk
"I actually just ran into Stafford in the locker room today and the first thing he said was, ‘I remember this guy’," Mosley told Detroitlions.com. "I said, ‘Look, man, I apologize.’ He said there were no hard feelings. We shook hands. We’re cool. You can tell the City of Detroit and all the fans that I apologize."

Atlanta Falcons will release right tackle Tyson Clabo | NOLA.com
According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the Falcons are going to designate Clabo a post June 1 cut which will help save the team about $4.5 million.

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Lagniappe

Donte’ Stallworth recalls hot air balloon accident | ProFootballTalk
In an account told by friend and sports publicist Rebkah Howard for FoxSports.com, Stallworth recounted the incident in Miami that led to both he and friend Soleil Guerrero being taken to the hospital for severe burns after their hot air balloon struck power lines and crashed.