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Saints News, 10/3/14: Rob Ryan Says Defense Will 'Step Up and Move On' After Losing Jairus Byrd To IR

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The big news today is without a doubt the season-ending injury to the Saints' biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason - safety Jairus Byrd. Rob Ryan was asked repeatedly about it today during his press conference and stressed that his remaining players will step up to fill the void. Looks like Rafael Bush will now be the starter at free safety. Ugh! Could this week get any worse? Call in a friendly witch doctor for this team because the Saints have been hit with some awful voodoo these first four weeks!

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Saints News (some of it very depressing)

Saints safety Jairus Byrd out for year
The Saints say that high-priced free agent Jairus Byrd tore his lateral meniscus in practice Thursday and will be out for the season.

Saints' Jairus Byrd has season-ending knee surgery
Play-making safety injured meniscus in first season with team.

Saints safety Jairus Byrd sustains season-ending knee injury during Thursday's practice | NOLA.com
Byrd was high-priced acquisition in offseason

Jairus Byrd placed on season-ending IR with torn meniscus, Sean Payton says
Star safety suffered injury in Thursday's practice

Jairus Byrd Out For the Season, Rafael Bush In For the New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd has been placed on the season ending injured reserve. Now, it's time for Rafael Bush to step it up.

Jairus Byrd out for the season with a torn meniscus | The Saints Nation

Saints believe talk won't lead to wins, but fun will
For the Saints, talk is cheap and certainly won't help them get what they need most: a win.

Where New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank: Week 5 - ESPN
Where New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank: Week 5

Prediction: Saints will beat Buccaneers - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN

Sean Payton: Darren Sproles one of my favorite players, recent criticism 'old news' | NOLA.com
Payton said it was nearly impossible to keep ahead of Twitter in the current media age -- "I'm not aware of who or how (the news was) tweeted" -- but that he called and spoke personally to Sproles. A face-to-face meeting was impossible because it was the offseason and Sproles was not in town, Payton said.

Sproles and Jenkins: Is Criticism of Saints Management Fair?
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius looks at Saints fans' unhealthy obsession with the accomplishments of Eagles and former Saints Sproles and Jenkins

This week's New Orleans Saints banner at McMain Secondary School: "Commandeer the Buccaneers" | NOLA.com
The U.S.S. Benson with Sir Saint at the helm sinks the Buccaneers' ship as the vanquished crew bobs in the stormy seas on this week's edition of the Eleanor McMain Secondary School's New Orleans Saints banner.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trying to repeat turnaround of 1996 team, plus more links | NOLA.com
The 1996 season is widely viewed as a pivotal one for the Buccaneers, who would make the playoffs in four of their next five seasons under Dungy.

Uniform colors: New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Noon CT

New Orleans Saints release final injury report of Tampa Bay Buccaneers week
Final injury report prior to Sunday's NFC South contest

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NFL News

Judge throws out evidence obtained from Hernandez’s apartment | ProFootballTalk
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez continues to await trial on a trial of murder charges.  In the case arising from the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez's legal team has scored a victory.

What’s wrong with Thursday Night Football? | ProFootballTalk
Four short-week games have been played this season, and not a single one has been very good to watch. The Ravens beat the Steelers, 26-6.  The Falcons blasted the Bucs, 56-14.  The Giants won in Washington, 45-14.  And last night the Packers pummeled the Purple Paste Eaters, 42-10.

Greg Hardy working on his rap career while on the exempt list | ProFootballTalk
While many defendants in the NFL's recent rash of court cases are keeping a low profile, it seems Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is still polishing his off-field Kraken persona.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton announces Jairus Byrd's injury
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Friday, October 3, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Rob Ryan on losing Jairus Byrd for the season
Rob Ryan speaks with reporters on Friday, October 3, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees on how his kids help after a loss
Drew Brees talks about how his kids help after a tough loss. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)