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Saints Place Three Rookies On Non-Football Injured List

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WTF? Is this the result of another team-building exercise gone awry? When will they ever learn...

Huddle up and heal up, Kenny!!
Huddle up and heal up, Kenny!!
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In breaking news that has broken the monotony of this lazy summer Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Raven Insider (? - way to go, nola media groop and other local media!) has scooped us all and reported via Twitter that the New Orleans Saints have placed rookies WR Kenny Stills, LB Rufus Johnson, and LB Eric Martin on the non-football injury list.

Props to Stujo4 for emailing this to me, and then I went to my own Twitter feed to find it retweeted by Reid G. of saintswin.com:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints placed linebacker Rufus Johnson, linebacker Eric Martin and wide receiver Kenny Stills on the non-football injury list</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/358580376702173185">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Not sure what that means exactly, and not sure why a Ravens beat writer is breaking Saints news.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/358595542852435968">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

I then went to my usual suspects and found absolutely nothing about this on the nola.com, official Saints site, wwltv.com, sportsnola.com, or the advocate.com, so I went back to the Twitter to see what was what:

Our man Juge from thesaintsnation.com mentioned it...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>PUP bound? RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a>: Saints placed LB Rufus Johnson, LB Eric Martin and WR Kenny Stills on the non-football injury list</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/358597431220383744">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

I'm not sure what Kenny means here, but I wonder if he knows he's been Listed:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>BRING THE NOISE ✊✊✊✊</p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS/statuses/358603034630176768">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

Garic of wwl.com RT'd it...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> placed linebacker Rufus Johnson, linebacker Eric Martin and wide receiver Kenny Stills on the non-football in ...</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/358611135269834752">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

Kat Terrell's on it, well, on something anyway #stamosswoon:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Repo">@Repo</a> Working from home, I&#39;ve managed to watch every episode of Full House in syndication. It is an awful show. But I do &lt;3 John Stamos!</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/358611361737089024">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

And then Larry Holder tells us to calm the f*** down already, because he knows a guy...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No need to panic about Stills, Johnson, Martin landing on non injury list. I&#39;m told all three players should be ready for training camp.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/358617000873951233">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

And at about the same time as all this, the Saints misdirect with some fluff and "nothing to see here, move along..."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>25 Reasons to Get Excited about 2013 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Training Camp Presented by <a href="https://twitter.com/Verizon">@Verizon</a>: No. 6 Rookies <a href="http://t.co/puJDvgjQiG">http://t.co/puJDvgjQiG</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/358620539557908480">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

...training camp excitement - catch it - now, with MOAR INJURIES!!!

And here's more from Stills - is he tweeting from a recovery bed?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Watching the open championship. They make it look too easy! I always never know what club to use smh</p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS/statuses/358623297937739777">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Still haven&#39;t played NCAA 14 smh</p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS/statuses/358627659909042176">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Food Crumbs in ur bed &lt;</p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS/statuses/358631786420506625">July 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

Rotoworld posted this player news update blip based on Holder's tweet:

Saints placed WR Kenny Stills, OLB Rufus Johnson, and OLB Eric Martin on the non-football injury list.
Stills is a fifth-rounder who's unlikely to see significant snaps this season, but he does factor into the Saints' longterm plans. Johnson and Martin are both 'tweener 3-4 outside linebackers who figure to see time on special teams if they make the 53-man roster. Despite failing their physicals, all three players should be ready for training camp. Jul 20 - 9:53 AM

So that's all I've got for now, a vague injury report, lots of silence, some speculation, an echo chamber-y "report" by Rotoworld, and an unsourced reassurance from one local guy. There, now you're up to speed.

I'll try to stick with this story throughout the day, and encourage you to do the same in the comment section.