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Saints News, 4/8/14: Brandon Thomas Tore ACL In Saints Workout

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According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Thomas was working out for the Saints when he tore his ACL in a non-contact drill. Some thought Thomas could have been as high as a second round pick, but that won’t be the case now. In other happenings, Falcons owner Authur Blank is still "bothered" over a Kenny Vaccaro late hit on Matt Ryan last season and says his team needs to show more toughness.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Confirmed via league source that Brandon Thomas&#39; injury occurred during non-contact drill in workout with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>. ... Such a shame.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/453551740600590336">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Clemson offensive line prospect Brandon Thomas tears ACL in workout with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>, report says <a href="http://t.co/mscoyZ2JHb">http://t.co/mscoyZ2JHb</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/453546151132659712">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Arthur Blank was &quot;bothered&quot; when no Falcons reacted after Matt Ryan took a cheap shot from Kenny Vaccaro last year <a href="http://t.co/KVQrlrNMUk">http://t.co/KVQrlrNMUk</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/453595916411625473">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good seeing my boy <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamLee1">@TeamLee1</a> at the facility today.. Hopefully we can get him in the draft! Explosive playmaker</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/453592225281478656">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: Despite cap limitations, <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> decided they couldn&#39;t afford to let Rafael Bush go <a href="http://t.co/tIE5D2HFU9">http://t.co/tIE5D2HFU9</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/453566996039213056">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas tore his ACL during a private workout with the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/453542079768326144">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Brandon Thomas tore ACL in Saints workout | ProFootballTalk
Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas suffered more than just a knee injury when he tore his ACL. The injury, which will drop his draft stock considerably, happened on one of his many workouts with individual teams. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.

Saints notes: Draft prospect tears ACL in N.O. workout; Saints attend Towson Pro Day; CFL team holds Metairie workout | Black and Gold
The 6-foot-3, 317-pound Thomas received second-, third- and fourth-round projections from various outlets prior to his injury, for which he will have surgery as the May 8-10 draft is fast approaching. The Saints worked him out after Charles Brown (who started the season at left tackle for New Orleans in 2013) and shortly before Brian de la Puente (the starting center since 2011) left for other teams in free agency.

Arthur Blank "bothered" at Falcons’ reaction to a hit on Matt Ryan | ProFootballTalk
"And that play really bothered me, sincerely," Blank said, via ESPN.com. "It bothered me that none of our players, they all complained, but none of them went to the safety on the Saints and did anything. Not that they would start a fight, but just kind of put their finger in his chest and saying, ‘That’s not acceptable.’"

Hard hit on Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons quarterback, bothered Arthur Blank - ESPN
A play from last season might serve as motivation as Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank strives to bring more toughness out of his team in 2014.

Saints have good command of free agency this year | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sometimes big, shiny objects gain our attention and distract us from what’s really going on. What the Saints have done in free agency isn’t one of those times.

Saints couldn't afford to let Bush go - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints’ first gamble didn’t pay off. They hoped to retain restricted-free-agent safety Rafael Bush at a discount rate of $

LB Ryan Shazier intriguing prospect for New Orleans Saints - ESPN
If we're ranking the New Orleans Saints' top needs in the draft based on where they could use the most immediate help, then the top three are probably

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NFL News

Report: Falcons sign CB Josh Wilson | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons have added some experience at cornerback. According to Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet, Redskins corner Josh Wilson has reached a one-year deal with Atlanta. The 29-year-old Wilson has started every game in the last three seasons for Washington.

Greg Jones visits the Falcons | ProFootballTalk
At a time when the Falcons have no interest in a free-agent running back who recently landed on the market, they're taking a close look at another running back who played in the same division. OK, he's a fullback. But still a running back.

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Video

VIDEO: Saintsation Heidi talks about her tenure
After four seasons with the squad Heidi's time with the Saintsations normally would have come to an end but because she represented the team at the Pro Bowl she can come back for a fifth bonus year. She sat down with Jared Sampson to talk about her favorite memories as a Saintsation.