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Saints News, 9/5/13: Saints Continue To Look Healthy Ahead Of Falcons Matchup

Today's injury report is unchanged from yesterday's report. Only defensive end Glenn Foster and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus did not practice. In other news, Roddy White says he's "100% certain" he'll play this Sunday. Also, no accursed black pants for our team this week! The Saints will be wearing white jerseys and gold pants in order to mirror the look they had in the 2006 home opener game beat-down against Atlanta.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a>&#39;s post-practice interview (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/VGldguWNYN">http://t.co/VGldguWNYN</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/375721741542117377">September 5, 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>&#39; Glenn Foster, Isa Abdul-Quddus only players not to practice Thursday | <a href="http://t.co/TldOcBoNrl">http://t.co/TldOcBoNrl</a> <a href="http://t.co/HPiurhuwKu">http://t.co/HPiurhuwKu</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/375718413261221888">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>cool to have <a href="https://twitter.com/Tromboneshorty">@Tromboneshorty</a> at the facility today! He will be performing the national anthem on Sunday <a href="http://t.co/IM8ayd7aOw">pic.twitter.com/IM8ayd7aOw</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/375717096539189248">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;[Rob] Ryan is going to be the best thing to happen to Roman Harper since Eli Manning in 2009.&quot; RT <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast">@SaintsForecast</a>: <a href="http://t.co/Uiw5W94ITQ">http://t.co/Uiw5W94ITQ</a></p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/375716142150463488">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thursday&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice report is no different from Wednesday&#39;s. Only Abdul-Quddus &amp; Foster didn&#39;t practice</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375714163743412224">September 5, 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> Thursday Injury-Report: <a href="http://t.co/jWOBag5gtx">http://t.co/jWOBag5gtx</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/375712263799181312">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My <a href="http://t.co/mmCTB1WXjS">http://t.co/mmCTB1WXjS</a> column: why 2013 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> season will be like Fight Club and other random predictions <a href="http://t.co/k0egOkrYqo">http://t.co/k0egOkrYqo</a></p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/375711850546991104">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>All 32 clubs were sent a memo today from NFL&#39;s officiating boss, Dean Blandino, reminding of rule that prohibits &quot;faking&quot; injuries</p>&mdash; Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) <a href="https://twitter.com/mortreport/statuses/375711730287902720">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gearing up for my <a href="https://twitter.com/wdsu">@WDSU</a> debut this weekend with <a href="https://twitter.com/FletcherMackel">@FletcherMackel</a>...here&#39;s my Q&amp;A with the NOLA Times-Pic: <a href="http://t.co/0nHQ4vtnjR">http://t.co/0nHQ4vtnjR</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/375711190770810880">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Roddy White &quot;100 percent certain&quot; he&#39;s playing Sunday <a href="http://t.co/mzogXDiJOe">http://t.co/mzogXDiJOe</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/375708212650979328">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nothing lasts forever, most notably, your life. Get busy living! &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KeepExploring&amp;src=hash">#KeepExploring</a>&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/statuses/375703978929324032">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;I&#39;d like to do that someday.&quot; is not a strategy.&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@team_gleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason/statuses/375704396547751936">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mom surprised me this am, revealing Tom Brady is her &quot;dreamboat.&quot; This is how she greeted me <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23donttellgiselle&amp;src=hash">#donttellgiselle</a> <a href="http://t.co/en34eiBjTv">pic.twitter.com/en34eiBjTv</a></p>&mdash; Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) <a href="https://twitter.com/mortreport/statuses/375702959583002624">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You can create a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Gatorade digital poster! first 100 fans get access to it: <a href="http://t.co/H1WJIjdAH7">http://t.co/H1WJIjdAH7</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/375701714109612032">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton&#39;s &#39;back to basics&#39; approach continues into <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; regular season workouts | <a href="http://t.co/JYiJbAHvzZ">http://t.co/JYiJbAHvzZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/xq5RSMf25P">http://t.co/xq5RSMf25P</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/375701656429535232">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Getting better is all u can worry about...Progress and No steps backwards everything else that&#39;s meant to happen will happen</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/375700622370041856">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I’ll be blogging for <a href="https://twitter.com/MadeMan">@mademan</a> all season, check out my first post <a href="http://t.co/14JiRBn93D">http://t.co/14JiRBn93D</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/375700467872845824">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Fun Fact No. 1 about <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> going white/gold vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a>: 1st time wearing the uniform combo at home vs. ATL since the &#39;06 Dome opener.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375699211171270656">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Fun Fact No. 2 about <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> going white/gold vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a>: Saints are 5-0 since &#39;06 vs ATL in the white/gold uniform.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375699519809134592">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@blackbluereport</a> podcast previewing the Saints-Falcons game! LISTEN: <a href="http://t.co/sVA7d7MBQU">http://t.co/sVA7d7MBQU</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/375699208440791041">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL Kickoff tonight on NBC live from Baltimore&#39;s Inner Harbor followed by Ravens vs. the Broncos in Denver. <a href="http://t.co/8ql7O621HO">pic.twitter.com/8ql7O621HO</a></p>&mdash; Frank Supovitz (@SupEvents) <a href="https://twitter.com/SupEvents/statuses/375698004839129088">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton also said he anticipates Junior Galette being ready to go vs. Atlanta.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/375694594450550784">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Junior Galette practiced full again Thursday, Sean Payton said. The OLB is doing well, the coach said.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375694501865455616">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton said Junior Galette is doing well getting back up to speed after missing time. Payton said Galette fully practiced Thursday.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/375694384156512257">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Wearing this <a href="https://twitter.com/team_gleason">@team_gleason</a> #37 tee Sunday in the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a> Dome...who&#39;s with me?! <a href="http://t.co/YBvDQCvhjf">http://t.co/YBvDQCvhjf</a> <a href="http://t.co/iwT1N2bmzo">pic.twitter.com/iwT1N2bmzo</a></p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/375679777916481537">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> WR Roddy White wants to make a statement v <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>. Said he&#39;ll be ready to play. 129th straight start <a href="http://t.co/XxCDPQ5Wcv">http://t.co/XxCDPQ5Wcv</a></p>&mdash; D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJCFalcons/statuses/375673311407001601">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>VIDEO: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> TE <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyGonzalez88">@TonyGonzalez88</a> on facing the Saints. <a href="http://t.co/eXYR23Hzwc">http://t.co/eXYR23Hzwc</a></p>&mdash; D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJCFalcons/statuses/375673963961012224">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> WR Roddy White on going to New Orleans: "I’m a huge fan of going down there. It’s going to be loud and crazy."</p>&mdash; D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJCFalcons/statuses/375675706476199937">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drew Brees is focused and ready to lead Saints vs Falcons <a href="http://t.co/4KHdO4zmM0">http://t.co/4KHdO4zmM0</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier">@JohnDeShazier</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/375672950730395648">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Still no sign of Carl Nicks at <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Buccaneers&amp;src=hash">#Buccaneers</a> practice.</p>&mdash; Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatYazESPN/statuses/375655032386891776">September 5, 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> wearing white jerseys and gold pants this week. The idea, from what I&#39;m told, is to mirror the look from the 2006 opener.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375650801181417472">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Time for practice!!! I jus wanna fast forward a few days! Let it b like sun round this time so I could b warmin up.. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23leggo&amp;src=hash">#leggo</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/375646734547816448">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>One of the things I&#39;ve tremendously enjoyed over my seven years with The Falcoholic has been watching the Falcons-Saints rivalry grow.</p>&mdash; The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheFalcoholic/statuses/375623674352517121">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Used to be two sad sack fanbases flailing at one another. Now it&#39;s one of the best rivalries in football. I look forward to it every year.</p>&mdash; The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheFalcoholic/statuses/375623786554351616">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> regular season starts tonight. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> open vs the Falcons in 3 days <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/375615048342716417">September 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints vs. Falcons news

New Orleans Saints' Glenn Foster, Isa Abdul-Quddus only players not to practice Thursday | NOLA.com
Every other Saints player fully practiced Thursday

Payton anticipates OLB Galette playing against Atlanta | wwltv.com New Orleans
Junior Galette missed every training camp practice beginning Aug. 8, roughly 12 sessions and four preseason games.

Falcons rookie CB Desmond Trufant on facing Drew Brees | www.ajc.com
Falcons rookie CB Desmond Trufant on facing Drew Brees

Falcons coach Mike Smith is 2-6 vs. Sean Payton | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith is the winningest coach team history with a record of 56-24, but he has not fared well when matching wits with New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.

Falcons WR Julio Jones on facing the Saints | www.ajc.com
Falcons WR Julio Jones on facing the Saints

Roddy White "100 percent certain" he’s playing Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has played in 128 straight NFL games and he doesn't plan on letting his ankle get in the way of extending that streak. White was unequivocal when it came to questions about his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Quotes: Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Mike Smith & Matt Ryan on season opener

Saints vs. Falcons -- Who's Yo Daddy?
Saints vs. Falcons -- Who's Yo Daddy, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, 2013 Season Opener,

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, September 5
Gleason Gras is Friday, Sept. 6 in Champions Square

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
Check out what's being written about your favorite team and its upcoming opponent

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Other Saints News

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Children of the Revolution -or- Long Distance Meacharound
Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton: Three steps ahead of your chump ass once again.

Sean Payton's 'back to basics' approach continues into New Orleans Saints' regular season workouts | NOLA.com
"We got back to old-school training camp. Practice was hard, a little longer. Conditioning after most practices. And we just had full pads today," Jenkins said Wednesday. "I think it will be good for us, though. Being mentally tough and being in great condition, that's one of those things (Payton) is big on. Then even in the weight room, continuing to lift hard throughout the week as opposed to just maintaining.

Payton's return brings changes to Saints in-season conditioning, lifting program | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jed Collins has a theory for why he and his teammates spent more time conditioning and weightlifting during training camp than in the past. Actually, it’s two theories.

Saints outside linebackers comfortable with depth at position | wwltv.com New Orleans
Junior Galette isn’t concerned that the Saints kept only three outside linebackers on their initial 2013 regular season roster.

Meachem says San Diego experience made him grow as a person | wwltv.com New Orleans
Robert Meachem sat at his locker in the Saints’ facility Wednesday and answered every question thrown his way.

Forecast: 11 predictions - some realistic, some bizarre - for 2013 Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Here are 12 things I think are certain to happen during the Saints 2013 season. Some are more likely than others, some are complete insanity, some are sheer fantasy, and some involve actual football. You can decide for yourself which is which.

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Chastity
Photos and Q&A with 2013 New Orleans Saintsaiton Chastity

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita to make WDSU debut | NOLA.com
Read the Q&A.

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Around the league

NFL confirms: Read-option QBs can be hit like runners | ProFootballTalk
In an officiating video distributed to the media, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino says that read-option quarterbacks can be hit like runners, even if they don’t have the ball. If a quarterback who handed off or pitched the ball is still carrying out a fake in a running posture, he can be tackled the same way he would be if he still had the ball.

Cam Newton realizes desire to be a captain | ProFootballTalk
In May, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that he wanted to be a team captain. Coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday that Newton got what he wanted when he announced the names of the team's six captains. Newton's name was on the list and Rivera said he likes the way Newton is developing.

Anthony Spencer has knee setback, doesn’t practice | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys are going to unveil a brand-new defense, and they might be doing it with a lot of brand-new defensive linemen. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, defensive end Anthony Spencer said he had a setback with his knee, which kept him off the practice field.

Ray Lewis declined invitation to attend tonight’s game | ProFootballTalk
As the Ravens prepare for their first ever regular-season game without linebacker Ray Lewis on the team, the Ravens weren't quite ready to proceed without Lewis around.

Ed Hochuli sees no point in making referees full-time employees | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has discussed making referees full-time employees, rather than part-timers who work in the NFL while also having day jobs. One of the NFL's most famous referees doesn't see the point in that.

Williams clearly agitated during fight with Cooper | ProFootballTalk
Unless you're better at lip-reading than I am, it's still hard to know what's at the root of today's Riley Cooper-Cary Williams fight at Eagles practice this morning. But thanks to the video from our friends at CSNPhilly.

Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson headline Audibles Preseason All-Pro team | Audibles - SI.com
The predictions just keep on coming, as Chris Burke and Doug Farrar assess which players will be noted as the NFL's best with All-Pro nominations at the end of the 2013 season.

Bennett on Urlacher’s claim of defenses faking injuries: ‘Every team does that’ - Chicago Sun-Times
Martellus Bennett wasn’t surprised by Brian Urlacher’s claim the Bears faked injuries as a tactic to slow down fast-paced offenses.  "Every team does that," the tight end, in his first year with Chicago after stints with Dallas and the New York Giants, said after practice Wednesday

Niners' Jim Harbaugh condemns Packers' 'tough talk' - NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't taken kindly to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' "tough talk" on stopping the read option. Harbaugh says it sounds like "targeting" the QB.

NFL offering millions for helmet innovations
The NFL launched a $10 million incentive program Wednesday aimed at finding better shock absorbent materials for helmets and other technological advances to protect the brain from concussions. Meanwhile, the league plans to have some players wearing head impact sensors this season.

Sources: Byrd, agent trying to orchestrate trade - Sports - The Buffalo News
The objective of Jairus Byrd and his agent is to engineer a trade from the Buffalo Bills by the NFL trade deadline, two league sources told The News.The negotiating position is hardly a surprise, given the impasse in contract talks between the two sides and the grim demeanor Byrd presented...

Dez Bryant will win 2013 NFL MVP, Michael Irvin says - NFL.com
Dez Bryant already is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Michael Irvin, the greatest Dallas Cowboys receiver of all time, says Bryant is poised for even greater things.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "Cam Jordan has been impressive"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, September 4, 2013.

VIDEO: Roman Harper "the crowd will be loud Sunday"
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, September 5, 2013.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Afternoon Wrap: September 5
Sean Kelley and John DeShazier wrap up New Orleans Saints practice on Wednesday, September 5, 2013 by focusing on the Saints' plan for the Falcons and a one-on-one with LB Curtis Lofton.

Inside Edge: Falcons-Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: ESPN Insider Mike Sando delivers some key stats to help you decide a winner between Atlanta and New Orleans.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Morning Report: September 5
New Orleans Saints Senior writer John Deshazier talks with LB Junior Galette for the New Orleans Saints Morning Report on Thursday, September 5, 2013.