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Saints News, 9/2/13: Saints Add LB Rufus Johnson & OL Senio Kelemete To Practice Squad

The Saints filled out their eight-man practice squad on Monday by signing outside linebacker Rufus Johnson and offensive lineman Senio Kelemete (pictured). Kelemete was a fifth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 and spent his entire rookie season on the club’s roster before debuting at right guard in his team’s season finale. The Seattle native was a two-time team captain and All-Pac 12 performer at the University of Washington, where he appeared in 46 games with 41 starts on the Huskies offensive line.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rufus Johnson said addition to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> practice squad was later than others because he went home to visit his girlfriend, who is expecting.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/374623351517376512">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>All 32 Quarterbacks As Their Team Name <a href="http://t.co/9XnJBC329H">http://t.co/9XnJBC329H</a></p>&mdash; Kissing Suzy Kolber (@KissMeSuzy) <a href="https://twitter.com/KissMeSuzy/statuses/374567746706481152">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>PHOTOS: 2013 Saintsation Brooke Ashley: <a href="http://t.co/qeuqPzoHlF">http://t.co/qeuqPzoHlF</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/374623105282371585">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">@scottshanle</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ecellington">@ecellington</a> thanks bro. We walk together forever.&quot; Absolutely! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23XLIVchamps&amp;src=hash">#XLIVchamps</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/374613656605958144">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The last spot for Saints&#39; ps is OL Senio Kelemete. 5th round pick of Cardinals in 2012. Can play tackle &amp; guard</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/374612703148777472">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s full press conference from today (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/Vq39IBAjUT">http://t.co/Vq39IBAjUT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ATLvsNO&amp;src=hash">#ATLvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/374612502799085568">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1">@KristianGaric1</a> tell u what I&#39;ve been on a 3-4 team and olb are a premium so only keeping 3 looks&amp; feels like more 4-3 esp w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23of&amp;src=hash">#of</a> ilb&#39;s kept</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/374609461819609088">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;Our guys health wise are doing real well. I&#39;ll keep you posted each day&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton after practice. Official injury report coming Wed.</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/374608275314319360">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No injury updates from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> today, as expected. First report out Wednesday.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/374607059892723713">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Defense football simple as this: hesitate and its too late! Gotta cut it lose and means all the scheme BS takes a backseat 2 being confident</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/374606620497432576">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Great line from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton on &#39;hoopla&#39; of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> week: we&#39;ve played a lot of games with hoopla here.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/374606482022469633">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>U must have an identity on defense. (We r this)if a defender can&#39;t give u an answer its bad sign. Defense meant to play fast no hesitation</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/374606145333129216">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No injury updates today. League doesn&#39;t require it for today. Injury status will begin being mandatory Wednesdag.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374605691656228864">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>LB Rufus Johnson finally added to PS. No brainer</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/374605633972338688">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton said 3 OLBs on roster is a low number for 3-4 defenses. ... Didn&#39;t directly say they&#39;ll look... <a href="http://t.co/77ZG6KUZ5h">http://t.co/77ZG6KUZ5h</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/374605453788848128">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says speculation about Vilma&#39;s possible return for week 1 is just that, speculation.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374605349493288962">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton also says carrying only 3 OLB is rare for 3-4 D&#39;s. said bottom of roster will likely have turnover this season.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374604580098564096">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says he feels like the players are healthy.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374604432106721280">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Breathe easy Saints fans. Rufus Johnson has been added to the practice squad. <a href="http://t.co/cjUAM2wXQx">http://t.co/cjUAM2wXQx</a></p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/374604079718100992">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says the team&#39;s officers don&#39;t pay attention to the fact that 12 players made roster who haven&#39;t played in the NFL.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374604160944979968">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Happy Labor Day from Bayou87! <a href="http://t.co/G7zBqgVbiq">http://t.co/G7zBqgVbiq</a></p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/374574892089225216">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Happy Labor Day everybody! Also happy game wk who dat nation!!! Finally.</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/374557859607887872">September 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Saints add Rufus Johnson, Senio Kelemete to practice squad | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints filled out their eight-man practice squad on Monday by signing outside linebacker Rufus Johnson and offensive tackle Senio Kelemete.

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Kelemete (pronounced "SENN-ee-oh" "KEL-uh-MET-tay") was a fifth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 and spent his entire rookie season on the club’s roster before debuting at right guard in his team’s season finale. The Seattle native was a two-time team captain and All-Pac 12 performer at the University of Washington, where he appeared in 46 games with 41 starts on the Huskies offensive line. He finished his college career by opening 26 consecutive games at left tackle after starting 11 of 12 games at guard during his sophomore campaign.

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Falcons @ Saints

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The 2013 season kicks off Monday and everything from this point counts. After an 0-4 preseason, the Falcons look to get the season started right with a win on the road in New Orleans. Here are five things to watch for this week as the Falcons begin their march back to the playoffs.

Falcons post official depth chart after cutting down to 53 | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH – Here’s a look at the Falcons’ official depth chart (posting it on the team website makes it official) after the team cut down to 53-man roster on Sunday.

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Around the league

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Jon Beason easing into new role with Panthers entering the regular season | CharlotteObserver.com
Beason played 26 snaps in two exhibitions this preseason, getting his first live-game action since September. But will those snaps be enough to carry him into Sunday?

Victor Cruz returns to Giants practice - CBSSports.com
With his desire to play vs. the Cowboys in Week 1, receiver Victor Cruz took an important step forward in returning to practice on Monday.

NFL mailbag -- Roster cuts target middle class - ESPN
Mailbag: The recent roster cuts targeted the middle class as teams went younger and cheaper, writes John Clayton.

Practice squads for all 32 NFL teams - NFL.com
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Monday roundup: Packers sign QB Seneca Wallace
Wallace, 33, was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, and coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters the longtime Seattle Seahawks backup had decided to retire.

Mike Shanahan: RGIII is starting on Monday night | ProFootballTalk
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has resisted making an announcement about his starting quarterback for the season opener against the Eagles for a long time, but the not very well kept secret finally became public on Monday.

Jets sign Brady Quinn, cut Graham Harrell | ProFootballTalk
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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton on Saints starting prep for Falcons
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Monday, September 2, 2013.

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