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Saints News, 5/26/15: Saints Kick Off OTAs Today

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From Mike Triplett: The New Orleans Saints will take the practice field for the first time today as they kick off three weeks of OTAs (organized team activities). Today’s session will be closed to the media, but we’ll get our first glimpse of the team in action on Thursday. All 10 OTA sessions will be closed to the public. OTAs don’t include pads or live contact. But they will offer the first chance for the Saints’ entire new roster to hit the field together -- veterans and rookies alike -- with at least one notable exception. Top draft choice Andrus Peat won’t be allowed to join the Saints because of an NFL rule that forbids rookies from participating in OTAs until their school’s academic year has finished.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Practice today get to run around some today</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/603155055290744832">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Even if he wasn&#39;t by the pool, Dannell Ellerbe spent his holiday doing the backstroke <a href="http://t.co/qM0nHVwbuV">http://t.co/qM0nHVwbuV</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/603145469636825088">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bears have to find another starting defensive lineman after cutting Ray McDonald (such that they had a choice) <a href="http://t.co/dZW8BQEhQW">http://t.co/dZW8BQEhQW</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/603138273180033024">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsFans?src=hash">#SaintsFans</a> = <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BestFans?src=hash">#BestFans</a> <a href="http://t.co/CrLeVxQQHR">pic.twitter.com/CrLeVxQQHR</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/603045668542812163">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Never wanna see anybody get injured ever. Watching tv, playing against a team, never wish for injury on anybody!</p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/status/603018137206804482">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prayers up for <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30">@StephenCurry30</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/status/603016660887306240">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hanging out at <a href="https://twitter.com/ParlorChicago">@ParlorChicago</a> w some friends, ready for this <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLBlackhawks">@NHLBlackhawks</a> game! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/chitown?src=hash">#chitown</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BecauseItsTheCup?src=hash">#BecauseItsTheCup</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/602997472252813312">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VIDEO: Day 1 of the 2016 <a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> Calendar Shoot: <a href="http://t.co/OM5xRl80ph">http://t.co/OM5xRl80ph</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/6itwnZtNFS">pic.twitter.com/6itwnZtNFS</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/602982765877927936">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints kick off OTAs today; Andrus Peat's start delayed by academics - NFL Nation - ESPN
Andrus Peat is finishing the academic year at Stanford but is staying in communication with the New Orleans Saints' coaches.

Post Draft Analysis: Linebackers | The Saints Nation

Dannell Ellerbe glad to be in a place "that knows how to win" | ProFootballTalk
Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe spent his holiday trying to jam the toothpaste back in the tube, after making some harsh remarks about his time with the Dolphins. Ellerbe told his hometown paper, the Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal, that he was glad to be out of Miami.

Snapchats from Day 1 of 2016 Calendar Shoot
New Orleans Saints Snapchat posts from Day 1 of the 2016 Saintsations Calendar Shoot. (New Orleans Saints video)

Day 1 Recap of the 2016 Saintsations Calendar Shoot
Photos and video from Day 1 of 2016 Saintsaitons Calendar shoot

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NFL News

Chicago Bears release DE Ray McDonald following domestic violence arrest | NOLA.com
Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby.

Owners need to create downside for taking chances on problem players | ProFootballTalk
It's an idea that has been percolating for years. With the latest arrest of Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald, it's time finally has come. NFL teams will continue to give talented players second (and third . . . and fourth) chances because NFL teams want to win.

McDonald is accused of assaulting woman who was holding a baby | ProFootballTalk
More and more details are emerging regarding the Monday morning arrest of Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald. And more and more time is passing with his current employer saying nothing.

Not everyone is thrilled about the idea of a game in Mexico | ProFootballTalk
Steelers president Art Rooney II might be advocating games in Mexico, but his team apparently wasn't such a fan. Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, some Steelers feared for their families when they played there in 2000.