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Saints News, 9/9/15: Jairus Byrd Expected back for Saints in Week 2 or 3

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From Mike Triplett: New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd is expected to return to the lineup around Week 2 or 3, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. Byrd missed all of training camp because of swelling in his knee, according to Werder. The first official injury report will come out today.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Notes from Sean Payton&#39;s Wednesday conference call <a href="http://t.co/jNTOWDNC5b">http://t.co/jNTOWDNC5b</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/NePqEJHsHg">pic.twitter.com/NePqEJHsHg</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/641618906868785152">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New Orleans THANK YOU!  I want to thank my saints teammates, coaches, fans, and everybody and anybody… <a href="https://t.co/SPJXthBpzn">https://t.co/SPJXthBpzn</a></p>&mdash; Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nick2oon/status/641369673611767808">September 8, 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> changing media access to coaches. Sean Payton will only talk via conference calls at 8:30 each a.m. Coordinators via phone Fridays.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/641365017347014657">September 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Payton said the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; tryouts Tuesday, which included WR Hakeem Nicks and Ks Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis... <a href="http://t.co/Lba4rAY1jS">http://t.co/Lba4rAY1jS</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/641616153907867648">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Would Sean Payton sign off on Drew Brees hunting gators with Bear Grylls again: &#39;No! No! No!&#39; <a href="http://t.co/GVYT2lBEip">http://t.co/GVYT2lBEip</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@nolanews</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/641615952648343552">September 9, 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> Sean Payton was caught off guard by the extent of Drew Brees&#39; survival expedition on the Bear Grylls show... <a href="http://t.co/zA18BLXQaR">http://t.co/zA18BLXQaR</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/641615773044047872">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three reasons for optimism heading into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; season <a href="http://t.co/Nh5bfu0BEh">http://t.co/Nh5bfu0BEh</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/641615531296972800">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Payton&#39;s Wednesday conference call (AUDIO) <a href="http://t.co/44z7LupQNw">http://t.co/44z7LupQNw</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NOvsAZ?src=hash">#NOvsAZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/zd0FBkBzAE">pic.twitter.com/zd0FBkBzAE</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/641613666157244416">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Said <a href="https://twitter.com/Rodney_Harrison">@Rodney_Harrison</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@drewbrees</a>: &quot;Brothers don&#39;t do that. I ain&#39;t jumping on no crocodile.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/ZrdafatfpD">http://t.co/ZrdafatfpD</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/641611114741153792">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Payton joked when he first heard of Brees jumping on a crocodile he thought it would be a &quot;Sea World atmosphere&quot; not Panama</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/641607961421475840">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Payton on the report about Cameron Jordan: "We are gathering the information. We are aware of it. I am anxious to find out more"</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/641606453732708352">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Payton: SJB didn&#39;t make enough strides. It was frustrating.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/641606134097387520">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> have signed TE Blake Annen, S Don Jones &amp; DT Ashaad Mabry to the practice squad.</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/641605105356251138">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looks like we can assume Jairus Byrd is out week 1 per that Ed Werder report. If so Rafael Bush is only healthy free safety on roster</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/641591583415103488">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source: Saints converted $3M of C Max Unger&#39;s $4.5M base salary into a signing bonus. Creates $1.5M in cap room for cap needy team.</p>&mdash; Field Yates (@FieldYates) <a href="https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/641585064527196160">September 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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