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Saints News, 7/25/14: Jairus Byrd on PUP List, Kenny Stills Tweaks Quad

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Jairus Byrd wasn't quite ready to begin practicing on Friday as the Saints opened training camp, so they officially placed their prized new safety on the physically unable to perform list. Payton continued to insist that he expects Byrd back sooner than later and Byrd certainly looked like he was close to returning from offseason back surgery while performing a series of drills off to the side with trainers throughout practice. Receiver Kenny Stills also joined the injury list during practice when he pulled up lame with a right quadriceps injury while running a deep passing route. He left the field with trainers and did not return. Payton said he doesn't expect the injury to be serious, though.

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Saints News (and lots of it!)

New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd on PUP, Kenny Stills tweaks quad - ESPN
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Jairus Byrd wasn't quite ready to begin practicing yet on Friday as the New Orleans Saints opened training camp. So they officially placed their prized new safety on the physically unable to perform list. However, coach Sean Payton continued to insist that he expects Byrd back sooner than later. And Byrd certainly looked like he was close to returning from offseason back surgery while performing a series of drills off to the side with trainers throughout practice.

Saints put Graham negotiations behind them, finally | wwltv.com New Orleans
"We’re glad to have it done," Loomis said. "I’m sure Jimmy’s glad to have it done He’s where he wants to be, and we have him under contract, which is what we wanted."

Junior Galette knows sky is the limit for his talents | wwltv.com New Orleans
"I know I can get 20 sacks," he said convincingly. "But it’s not just about me and my numbers. I feel like this is a real crucial moment for us. We look good on paper, but we really just have to go out there and chase it."

Saints already dealing with injuries as camp begins | wwltv.com New Orleans

Passing game shines, sets tone in Saints' first workout | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Some notes and observations from the New Orleans Saints' Friday practice. Attendance Everyone was accounted for. John Jenkins, Tavon Rooks,…

Analysis from Saints’ first practice of training camp | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill go over the highlights from the opening practice of the Sain…

Champ Bailey focused solely on winning | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Champ Bailey knows why he’s here. And it’s not his NFL paycheck. "Getting a (Super Bowl) ring — that’s it," …

Saints' Jimmy Graham content to be 'an all-pro tight end'
Newly re-signed New Orleans star practices for first time since last season.

Saints S Jairus Byrd opens camp on the sidelines

25 reasons to get excited about 2014 Saints training camp presented by Verizon: Drew Brees
NewOrleansSaints.com will showcase one reason a day to get excited about the start of the 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon. Today, No. 1 Drew Brees

Replay of updates from New Orleans Saints training camp practice
Updates from the team's Friday practice

Sean Payton talks about New Orleans Saints first practice
Payton: 'I thought it was sharp'

Saints: Greenbrier 'above and beyond' - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Perched above sparkling new practice fields carved into the Allegheny Mountains, New Orleans Saints general manager M

Sean Payton on Saints' vision for Champ Bailey - ESPN
"Bill used to say this and every once in a while I’ll reference Parcells, ‘With a player like Champ we don’t need to see it every day, we just need to see it once in a while,’" Payton said. "He used to say that, it made sense. So that’s being smart, with the conditioning test, for instance, or it’s being smart with how we practice him. But I have a pretty good vision for what I think he can do for us, and I think that’s been communicated. And I think he’s really anxious to do that."

Bubba Watson shows he's not NFL ready at New Orleans Saints practice - ESPN
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Bubba Watson might have blown his chance on Friday to crack the New Orleans Saints roster. The two-time Masters champ

New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd placed on PUP list, Kenny Stills leaves with quad injury | NOLA.com
White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. -- Safety Jairus Byrd, the New Orleans Saints' top free agent acquisition, was placed on the physically unable to perform list on Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Saints defensive drills close enough to nearly feel the pads smack | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints open training camp slamming the sled

For New Orleans Saints, Greenbrier resort is a (cool) breeze | NOLA.com
The temperature never got warmer than 75 degrees during the Saints morning session on Friday at the Greenbrier resort. The sun was out and yet no one wanted to flee for shelter.

Brandin Cooks steals the show | 5 things that stood out from New Orleans Saints' practice Friday | NOLA.com
Saints first-round pick shows off his speed, ball skills in opening practice

Brandin Cooks shows off speed, and more as Saints training camp opens | Black and Gold Today | NOLA.com
Your daily snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints discourage fans from posting photos of tickets to Internet | NOLA.com
Many fans appear to have received season tickets this week.

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NFL News

Report: Johnny Manziel’s off-field actions have "alarmed" Browns | ProFootballTalk
At the outset of training camp comes a published report indicating the Browns' organization is concerned about Johnny Manziel's offseason off-field activities.

Rolando McClain sentenced to 18 days in jail, appealing | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys are trying to give linebacker Rolando McClain another fresh start, but he still has to account for past mistakes. According to Paul Gattis of al.

Schneider confirms Lynch holdout, team’s lack of interest in giving him new deal | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today, the Seahawks announced that they had reached the 90-man roster limit.  Before too long, they'll go back to 89 by placing running back Marshawn Lynch on the reserve/did not report list. In an interview with ESPN 710 in Seattle, Seahawks G.M.

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Video

VIDEO: Mickey Loomis on team's facility at The Greenbrier
Mickey Loomis talks about team's facility at The Greenbrier during his opening press conference for 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Sean Payton talks about the first camp practice
New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton talks about the first practice of 2014 Training Camp

VIDEO: Drew Brees: "It was a good start"
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees talks about the first practice of 2014 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on Friday, July 25, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham: "Happy to be with the guys again"
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters on Friday, July 25, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)

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