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Saints News, 8/19/14: Jairus Byrd Back At Practice, Expects To Play Saturday

The Saints' biggest free agent acquisition this year, safety Jairus Byrd, finally hit the practice field without any contact limitations for the first time today and immediately made his presence known by knocking RB Mark Ingram on his ass! WWLTV.com reports, "Byrd showed no hesitation when he initiated the collision with Ingram, which put the running back on the ground. The hit, which drew an emphatic reaction from several Saints, including Ingram, signaled Byrd is ready to make his presence felt on the gridiron. 'Yeah, it definitely felt good to finally get that contact out of the way and just get back into the swing of things,” Byrd said. “Now, it’s just looking ahead to what we have to get accomplished in this game and the long road we have ahead this season.'”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>DB coach Wesley McGriff said Jairus Byrd never tapped out asking for a break today, his first extensive work with team</p>&mdash; John DeShazier (@JohnDeShazier) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier/statuses/501803464012623872">August 19, 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> Byrd did a lot of teamdrill for first time. Payton said last step for him was getting cleared for contact. Sounds like hell play Sat</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501801391124676608">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jairus Byrd: felt good getting contact out the way. Now adjusting to heat out here. No pain, feels good</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501805330683400193">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Byrd: never got down...hardest thing was patience</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501805953105559552">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Byrd: does expect to play Saturday</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501806538370338816">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Got called out by my dude jesseecklund. I&#39;m calling out <a href="https://twitter.com/DangeRussWilson">@dangerusswilson</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Ball28">@M_Ball28</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DPo8">@dpo8</a> y&#39;all have 24… <a href="http://t.co/bNlwANmQYV">http://t.co/bNlwANmQYV</a></p>&mdash; Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nick2oon/statuses/501823337316638720">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Will the Saints’ fullback not be Erik Lorig in 2014? | The Saints Nation <a href="http://t.co/wPAkEsu1uZ">http://t.co/wPAkEsu1uZ</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/501822072645885953">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>New Orleans Saints preparing for Erik Lorig&#39;s absence in Week 1 <a href="http://t.co/gAkCHe8mRH">http://t.co/gAkCHe8mRH</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat">@TheSaintsBeat</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/501817753062240256">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mark Ingram wants bigger role in passing game <a href="http://t.co/XNyxb7wKSV">http://t.co/XNyxb7wKSV</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/501810104732499968">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Though he has called plays in 2 PS games so far, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> OC Pete Carmichael says Sean Payton remains best in business at that (1/2)</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/501803271414374400">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>(2/2) If <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> decide that Carmichael will call plays full time, he says Payton, o-line coach Bret Ingalls will have plenty of input.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/501803462989217792">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Galette: Rob Ryan cares about you as a human being. It makes you want to give more</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501804538672984064">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Junior Galette: gave today an 8 on the heat scale. Plenty of water breaks help</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501803252770684928">August 19, 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 decided to keep Cooks out of practice again. Had a fever.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/501800887845924864">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Robert Meachem asked how was heat today...are you kidding me?!?! Felt like the sun was following me everywhere</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/501799295822348288">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In team period just now, Marques Colston, Ben Watson, Charles Hawkins and Je&#39;Ron Hamm had nice grabs. Drops by Brandon Coleman, Jimmy Graham</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/501792522688274432">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham unsurprisingly bounces back. Being blitzed, Brees dumps it off to Graham, who rumbles in untouched for a TD in next period.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/statuses/501793094434451457">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hawthorne puts a lick on K-Rob <a href="https://t.co/NIaJ5xUq7E">https://t.co/NIaJ5xUq7E</a></p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/501786126479548416">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ingram finding running space <a href="https://t.co/wvbgvmRnvu">https://t.co/wvbgvmRnvu</a></p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/501785644763742209">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyWhiteJr3">@CoreyWhiteJr3</a> strips the ball from Robinson <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/RgS187pZfx">https://t.co/RgS187pZfx</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/501777044666347520">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jairus Byrd working on return coverage. With him returning to live activities will he play Saturday? Chime in! <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> <a href="http://t.co/LZ5xnx0qXM">pic.twitter.com/LZ5xnx0qXM</a></p>&mdash; Lyons Yellin (@LyonsYellin) <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin/statuses/501780576194793472">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hicks is taking his pads off and getting on the stationary bike</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/501771553651294209">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees zipping one to Colston <a href="https://t.co/t4i3w0irRl">https://t.co/t4i3w0irRl</a></p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/501774575664107520">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This is how practice ended today <a href="https://t.co/vNIv3yT23o">https://t.co/vNIv3yT23o</a></p>&mdash; Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGellerWWL/statuses/501796632892305409">August 19, 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> Ring of Honor member Archie Manning at today&#39;s practice <a href="http://t.co/lXRxa9BtUx">pic.twitter.com/lXRxa9BtUx</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/501784913956585474">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jairus Byrd is participating in live team drills for the first time as a <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLTV">@WWLTV</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a></p>&mdash; Lyons Yellin (@LyonsYellin) <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin/statuses/501776302115135488">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Now official: NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to expand Practice Squads to 10 players 2014 and 2015 seasons.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/501831661903175680">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Practice squad expanding to 10 players is actually a pretty big deal, in case you&#39;re wondering.</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfujita55/statuses/501831602406555648">August 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Byrd back at practice; makes presence felt in big way | wwltv.com New Orleans
Byrd showed no hesitation when he initiated the collision with Ingram, which put the running back on the ground. The hit, which drew an emphatic reaction from several Saints, including Ingram, signaled Byrd is ready to make his presence felt on the gridiron. "Yeah, it definitely felt good to finally get that contact out of the way and just get back into the swing of things," Byrd said. "Now, it’s just looking ahead to what we have to get accomplished in this game and the long road we have ahead this season."

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Jairus Byrd expected to make debut for New Orleans Saints on Saturday - ESPN
Safety Jairus Byrd went through full-contact team drills for the first time as a member of the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, and he's expected to make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

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