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Saints News, 9/22/15: Akiem Hicks Said He Was Benched vs. Buccaneers

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From Katherine Terrell at NOLA.com: New Orleans Saints starting defensive end Akiem Hicks played only 28 snaps in a 26-19 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. Hicks was fairly blunt with the reasoning. "I got benched," Hicks said. "Going into the third (quarter)." "It's pretty common to rotate defensive linemen," Payton said. "If he felt like he was benched, then, hey. And after we did that we had pretty good production defensively. In fact, very good."

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