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Saints News, 10/19/16: Saints Discuss Matchups With Chiefs

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The Saints had a lot to say about the Chiefs to the media Wednesday. Notably Drew Brees praised Alex Smith's versatility and playmaking ability, while Sean Payton discussed Marcus Peters's potential and where the Saints had graded him coming out of the draft.

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Saints News

Nick Fairley, Andrus Peat among those not spotted at practice | Saints | theadvocate.com
The Saints were without a handful of players during the open portion of Wednesday's practice.

Saints unlikely to face Chiefs' Justin Houston; Jamaal Charles could have big bigger role Sunday | NOLA.com

Saints’ Wil Lutz named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Wil Lutz wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, but the Saints' own weekly special-teams honor goes to rookie Jake Lampman for his three tackles.

New Orleans Saints activating rookie DT Sheldon Rankins from IR
First-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins is expected to begin practicing Wednesday and be designated as the Saints' one player to return from injured reserve this season.

Battle of opposites when New Orleans Saints play Kansas City Chiefs - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
The Saints will see a team with a completely different profile than them on Sunday, as the defensive-minded Chiefs will host New Orleans.

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NFL News

Miami Dolphins CB Chris Culliver returns to practice | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins cornerback Chris Culliver has been working on a documentary about his return from a knee injury, called "R2R2" or "Road to Recovery Two.

Bowles: Geno Smith Will Start at QB vs. Ravens
Jets Coach Says 1-5 Start Is Not All on Ryan Fitzpatrick but 'I Felt It Was Time for a Change'

Rams 'optimistic' DE Robert Quinn can return Sunday - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- Standout defensive end Robert Quinn was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and the Los Angeles Rams are "optimistic that he'll be able to return" for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, head coach Jeff Fisher told the assembled media from England.

Rob Gronkowski Deemed Healthy, Removed From Patriots’ Injury Report | New England Patriots | NESN.com
FOXBORO, Mass -- In case his nine-catch, 162-yard, one-touchdown performance wasn't any indication, the New England Patriots' injury report confirmed it: Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Gronkowski -- and his previously banged-up hamstring -- was removed from the Patriots' Week 7 injury report.