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Saints News, 9/1/15: Injuries Will Force Tough Choices For Saints

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: Injuries will play a huge role in the New Orleans Saints' roster decisions this week as they cut down to 75 players today and 53 by Saturday. Rookie cornerback P.J. Williams and second-year pros Vinnie Sunseri and Ronald Powell are among possible candidates to land on injured reserve with unspecified injuries. The PUP list has to be a serious consideration for safety Jairus Byrd if he's not back on the practice field yet (which would mean sitting him for at least the first six weeks of the regular season). Last but not least, some fairly big-name veterans like receiver Nick Toon, defensive end Anthony Spencer and possibly even linebacker Dannell Ellerbe could be cut outright after injuries have held them out for much of the preseason.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saints are trading WR/return specialist Jalen Saunders to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick, per league source.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/638698511844904961">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Injuries will force tough choices for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>: place Jairus Byrd on PUP? Release Nick Toon or Anthony Spencer? <a href="http://t.co/z8kvHbi6ex">http://t.co/z8kvHbi6ex</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/638685697897971712">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> have one practice scheduled for this short week leading up to Thursday game -- Tuesday at 4 p.m. -- but it&#39;s not open to the public.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/638504944027500544">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;ll watch almost anything that makes Goodell look like an asshole but 2 hours of Will Smith doing that accent is where I draw the line</p>&mdash; Go Laundry (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/status/638514200080322560">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Injuries mounting for Panthers in the preseason <a href="http://t.co/oOPun36L8R">http://t.co/oOPun36L8R</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/638650670812405761">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On behalf of the New Orleans Saints <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a>- our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Keith Collins -&#10; <a href="http://t.co/ai84DHlld5">http://t.co/ai84DHlld5</a></p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/status/638535406808469504">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steve Gleason&#39;s Love Letter to New Orleans [video] <a href="http://t.co/hjZrqeQT5L">http://t.co/hjZrqeQT5L</a> <a href="http://t.co/P4Kx4GCfa6">pic.twitter.com/P4Kx4GCfa6</a></p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC/status/638525724681465856">September 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top 50 fan photos from Week 3 of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a>: <a href="http://t.co/P9dkiQTXaq">http://t.co/P9dkiQTXaq</a> <a href="http://t.co/CekvYE3Xbv">pic.twitter.com/CekvYE3Xbv</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/638499693471899652">August 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At <a href="https://twitter.com/AtlantaFalcons">@AtlantaFalcons</a> camp today, had some visitors on the <a href="https://twitter.com/DraftKings">@DraftKings</a> bus! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GlazeAcrossAmerica?src=hash">#GlazeAcrossAmerica</a> <a href="http://t.co/NunFrQeIen">pic.twitter.com/NunFrQeIen</a></p>&mdash; FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLonFOX/status/638432084810272768">August 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two NFL teams used a first round pick to land Trent Richardson. Now he&#39;s being cut by the Raiders, per <a href="https://twitter.com/BWilliamsonESPN">@BWilliamsonESPN</a>.</p>&mdash; Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) <a href="https://twitter.com/Josh_Ward/status/638483500073635840">August 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a> talks about the 2015 Black and Gold Gala <a href="http://t.co/7zDrS3yEA5">http://t.co/7zDrS3yEA5</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/GtfWyLklsN">pic.twitter.com/GtfWyLklsN</a></p>&mdash; Black and Gold Gala (@BlackGoldGala) <a href="https://twitter.com/BlackGoldGala/status/638468006780235776">August 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

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