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Saints News, 8/8/14: Drew Brees Unlikely To Play Tonight vs. Rams

Expect to see a lot of Ryan Griffin (our future Brees?) and Luke McCown tonight. Drew Brees hasn't been officially ruled out, but it seems safe to assume he won't play after not practicing all week. Why would he? This is preseason and we already know very well what he can do. No need to risk further injury in a meaningless preseason game. Plus, if the sports media can be believed, Gregg Williams is going to unleash hell on the Saints' offense and probably meet Sean Payton and Joe Vitt at midfield for a fist fight of epic proportions. The NFL and sports media do love to build up their drama.

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Saints @ Rams

Drew Brees likely to sit; depth chart update - ESPN
Although the New Orleans Saints haven't made any official announcements yet about who will and won't play in tonight's preseason opener at the St. Lou

Drew Brees, Champ Bailey among those questionable against the Rams | Black and Gold
QB Drew Brees: Has missed the last four games with left oblique strain. The Saints have not ruled Brees out, but there isn’t much incentive to put him on the field for a preseason game. If he is unable to play, Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown should see a good amount of snaps.

How to watch the New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams preseason opener
New Orleans Saints battle the St. Louis Rams at 7 p.m. CT Friday

Preseason Game #1: Saints at Rams, Five things to look for | The Saints Nation

What to focus on during tonight’s game | The Saints Nation

John DeShazier: Quarter by quarter guide to Saints-Rams
Teams play at 7 p.m. Friday

Saints, Gregg Williams reunion coming tonight | ProFootballTalk
Two years ago, the Saints’ season became derailed by the cartoonish comments and conduct of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who brought to the Bayou a so-called bounty program that he reportedly used with other NFL teams.  In lieu of venturing down the proverbial rabbit hole, the NFL plugged it with cement, threw the book at the Saints, and moved on.

Rams coordinator Gregg Williams faces old team | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
ST. LOUIS -- Alec Ogletree ended fellow linebacker James Laurinaitis' four-year run as the St. Louis Rams' leading tackler in his rookie season.

Enough with this Drew Brees storyline; let's talk serious football -- Gerry V podcast | NOLA.com
Quarterback not expected to play Friday against St. Louis Rams

New Orleans Saints could have plenty of injury absences in Friday's preseason opener | NOLA.com
A dozen players missed the New Orleans Saints' final practice in West Virginia, but that could be just the start of the injury list.

Know Your Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Get the latest on the New Orleans Saints heading into Friday's preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome.

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Other Saints News

Yellin: Ryan Griffin positions himself to be Brees' understudy, possible successor | wwltv.com New Orleans
At its core, playing quarterback in the NFL is about decision-making. On any given day, the league’s signal callers make an incalculable number of decisions. Making good ones is a skill few possess.

Could Saints' Derrick Strozier be a Darren Sproles clone?
Derrick Strozier is making an early case that he might be able to contribute in departed back's role.

Ex-NFL player Darren Sharper faces evidence hearing | NOLA.com
He is accused of giving women drugs and raping them while they were unconscious.

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NFL News

Darren Sproles excited about "dangerous" new role | ProFootballTalk
Eagles coach Chip Kelly might be downplaying what we might see from new running back Darren Sproles, but Sproles himself is excited about what he might do tonight.

Chris Ivory expected to be fine after rib injury | ProFootballTalk
The Jets are planning to use a committee of running backs to handle their workload on the ground this season, although that plan can only be implemented if there's a stable of backs to use in support of Geno Smith or Michael Vick.

Ray Rice supported by home crowd in preseason debut | ProFootballTalk
From the sound of it, a good number of Ravens fans remain behind tailback Ray Rice. According to published accounts of the Ravens' preseason opener Thursday night, spectators at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium applauded Rice at points early in the contest.

Report: 49ers bracing for 6-8 game suspension for Aldon Smith | ProFootballTalk
Now that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has met with Commissioner Roger Goodell, the next step entails the dropping of the hammer.  And for Smith, the so-called iron fist will hit a lot harder than it did with Ray Rice. Via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.

League office has received no complaints about Blandino’s visit to Cowboys | ProFootballTalk
The folks at TMZ touched off an unlikely firestorm via a recent video of the lengthy procession of people from an oversized clown car bearing the logo of the Dallas Cowboys.

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VIDEO: Sean Payton on defending Tavon Austin
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