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Saints News, 8/18/14: Keenan Lewis, Jairus Byrd, Brandin Cooks Absent Monday

From Mike Triplett: "METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, safety Jairus Byrd and receiver Brandin Cooks were absent from Monday’s practice – though the prognosis was mostly optimistic. Payton said Lewis is “just working through rehab,” though he didn’t specify the injury. Lewis left Friday night’s preseason game early, but he returned to full practice participation on Sunday before being held out Monday. Cooks just had a stomach virus, according to coach Sean Payton. And Payton said he still expects Byrd to get clearance to return to full practice, “sooner than later, hopefully tomorrow.” Byrd has been absent the past two days. But before that, he had been practicing on a limited basis daily for more than two weeks while recovering from summer back surgery."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Lewis, Byrd, Cooks absent from Mondays&#39; practice (just a stomach virus for Cooks). Hicks, Grubbs leave early <a href="http://t.co/cILpVc6V7A">http://t.co/cILpVc6V7A</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501466597769244672">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Contained in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> injury post -- another &quot;encouraging&quot; practice session for Drew Brees, who should play Saturday <a href="http://t.co/cILpVc6V7A">http://t.co/cILpVc6V7A</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501466764270522368">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;Moe Jorgan&quot; RT <a href="https://twitter.com/_Andrew_Lopez">@_Andrew_Lopez</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS">@KSTiLLS</a> checking out <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat">@jmthegreat</a> getting questioned by the media after practice <a href="http://t.co/FGK3EbemPd">pic.twitter.com/FGK3EbemPd</a></p>&mdash; Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS/statuses/501444439836217344">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Final tally: Saints flagged 16 times during media session.</p>&mdash; Ashy, Need Lotion (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/501448713060253696">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> &#10;Thank you for being so amazing to our little who dats! Dunking or no dunking, we love you JG! <a href="http://t.co/XDw5MAKf8D">pic.twitter.com/XDw5MAKf8D</a></p>&mdash; ⚜ωhoɗat⚜ℓisaℓis⚜ (@whodatlisalis) <a href="https://twitter.com/whodatlisalis/statuses/501411319250055168">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kenny Stills: It&#39;s tough not playing. Getting hurt on 1st day was rough. Glad to be back</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501441616926613504">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stills: WR competition has been great. No animosity, just everyone helping one another</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501442133354889216">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Curtis Lofton: always great to practice inside. Can breathe easier and move faster</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501440592958607360">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton said CB Keenan Lewis working through rehab. No specific injury details. He did practice Sunday before today&#39;s absence.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501439991000862720">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton also singled out rookie WR Coleman for making some nice blocks in Fridays game.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501439739317473280">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said Morgan&#39;s success will also help with confidence. Same with Brandon Coleman&#39;s strong practice Monday.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501439546001985536">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Payton said he liked Brees&#39; tempo today, didn&#39;t see any day-after effect from Brees&#39; return to full practice yesterday.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501438892562980864">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said he&#39;s looking for Joe Morgan to build upon some of his success the next two weeks.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/501438855162372096">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Defense won 2-minute drills at the end of practice with 1st and 2nd string. 1st stringers drove down to 20 before stalling. 2s less success</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501437250639757312">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Facebook has lost their minds w their new messenger app. They really thought people would be ok w this?? <a href="http://t.co/Xz4pRRYugr">pic.twitter.com/Xz4pRRYugr</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/501426409789616129">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Watch the turf in the Dome be installed before a <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> game. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/timelapse?src=hash">#timelapse</a> video: <a href="http://t.co/5v1Uq105Gd">http://t.co/5v1Uq105Gd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/a61sHndUOF">pic.twitter.com/a61sHndUOF</a></p>&mdash; MBSuperdome (@MBSuperdome) <a href="https://twitter.com/MBSuperdome/statuses/501415161761370113">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/FrankCaliendo">@FrankCaliendo</a> impersonates Madden, Gruden, Barkley, Ditka etc on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> <a href="http://t.co/uRMmnBXrjW">http://t.co/uRMmnBXrjW</a> <a href="http://t.co/DlTvnUF4T7">pic.twitter.com/DlTvnUF4T7</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/501410958166618112">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No surprise, penalties a huge point of emphasis at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> camp. Brees says players need to police themselves <a href="http://t.co/9KGbmwgBsm">http://t.co/9KGbmwgBsm</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501399220767571968">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gotta work on <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a>&#39; guys. Need to get ‘em a #10 jersey! <a href="http://t.co/PkXj3JL7Gl">http://t.co/PkXj3JL7Gl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodat?src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDatNation?src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a></p>&mdash; Brandin Cooks (@brandincooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/brandincooks/statuses/501378549782036480">August 18, 2014</a></blockquote>

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NFL News

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Video

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