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Saints Training Camp Recap, 8/14/13: Jonathan Vilma Misses Practice, Flies To Philadelphia

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ESPN is reporting that a 'league source' confirmed Vilma went there to get a second opinion on an undisclosed injury. Let's hope it's not a serious injury. I was hoping to see him suit up and play in Rob Ryan's new defense.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/PatYazESPN">@PatYazESPN</a> reporting that Vilma missed prax today as he&#39;s getting a 2nd opinion for an unspecified injury: <a href="http://t.co/DhTbuu7MRt">http://t.co/DhTbuu7MRt</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/367725650259345408">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kenny Stills (<a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS">@KSTiLLS</a>) said his goal for Friday&#39;s game is to play mistake free (VIDEO) -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/ab1yIo8SWs">http://t.co/ab1yIo8SWs</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367735554386845696">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>DEVELOPING: Tom Brady leaves Patriots practice with an injured knee. Doctors are examining him now. (via <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeReiss">@MikeReiss</a>)</p>&mdash; NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL/statuses/367730545897119745">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tom Brady has left practice walking gingerly after apparently hurting his left knee.</p>&mdash; Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) <a href="https://twitter.com/tomecurran/statuses/367730248957186049">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My grandma says,&quot;don&#39;t feel sry 4 ur self when u go through something cause somebody has it worst. So B thankful wht u do have &amp;wht u dont!&quot;</p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/367719167622803456">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> says he is ready for Friday&#39;s game vs the Raiders (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/DuPF7LpoCt">http://t.co/DuPF7LpoCt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OAKvsNO&amp;src=hash">#OAKvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367717290315231232">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A special thanks to my friends <a href="https://twitter.com/ReebokCrossFit">@ReebokCrossFit</a> for sending me a pair of NANO 3.0.The best training shoe you can buy! <a href="http://t.co/IeU6VV5ekS">pic.twitter.com/IeU6VV5ekS</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/367716252711530496">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL thinks some face masks encourage players to use their heads <a href="http://t.co/wwqNGHlM0h">http://t.co/wwqNGHlM0h</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a> .1 of dumbest things ever heard!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/367710916642492417">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Redskins cut Devery Henderson. Career maybe done?</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/367704013326008320">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> to all the New Orleans <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> fans who came to training camp this year. We appreciate the love and support <a href="http://t.co/Qu5bFTWcBM">pic.twitter.com/Qu5bFTWcBM</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/367702380734726144">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Good seeing ya!RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MarineWifeTiff">@MarineWifeTiff</a> Me and <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50">@CurtisLofton50</a> !! Photo cred to <a href="https://twitter.com/lilmisswhodat23">@lilmisswhodat23</a> Thanks girl!!! <a href="http://t.co/XAoJxdKTc9">pic.twitter.com/XAoJxdKTc9</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/367700184215465984">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s post-practice interview (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/tHHYxJLzNN">http://t.co/tHHYxJLzNN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367699781654560768">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Many thanks to all you <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> fans for sweating it out w/ us this training camp. Great to finally meet the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDatNation&amp;src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a>! C U in the Dome!</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/367696221634179073">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This ---&gt; RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: Thanks to the thousands of fans that attended 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>! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BestFans&amp;src=hash">#BestFans</a></p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/367695651942834176">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Proud to announce that our Jimmy Johns at 7621 Maple St is now open in Uptown. Ready for school! <a href="http://t.co/YUqZK16wf4">pic.twitter.com/YUqZK16wf4</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/367695014047920128">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>VIDEO: Drew Brees dives head first in rainstorm <a href="http://t.co/41ie2DoH7L">http://t.co/41ie2DoH7L</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/367693253875105792">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said Breaston will see more snaps this Friday. Stills and Nick Toon will also see alot of time, especially with first team <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367680412249645056">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton didn&#39;t say why Vilma wasn&#39;t at practice.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/367679507395641344">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton, when asked about Vilma, said he won&#39;t give any update on any player who didn&#39;t practice today.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/367679635469139968">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said Charles Brown is currently ahead of the others in the left tackle battle <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367679557739876353">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints not doing a walkthrough practice this afternoon. Payton wants to slow down the schedule a bit.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/367678886638678019">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pierre Thomas said he is ready to play on Friday <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367678013078380544">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan not pleased. Cursing at D for not stopping O at goal line.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/367661563282341888">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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Video

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New Orleans Saints rookie WR Kenny Stills talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.