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Fleur-de-Links, June 11: Davenport’s thumb injury “no big deal”, will practice this week

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Crisis averted, maybe?

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Metairie, LA - New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport  (92) works against defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) during organized  team activities at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.
Metairie, LA - New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) works against defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) during organized team activities at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.
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Word on the Street

Source: Saints rookie Marcus Davenport to undergo thumb surgery after minicamp | theadvocate.com
Marcus Davenport is going to be limited over the next several weeks.

New Orleans Saints' top pick Marcus Davenport to undergo hand surgery | ESPN Nation Blog
The Saints' top draft pick, defensive end Marcus Davenport, will have hand surgery after this week's three-day minicamp, a source confirmed to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Drew Brees Admitted He's 'Cash Poor,' Jeweler Claims | TMZ.com
The jeweler being sued by Drew Brees claims the QB is trying to shake him down because he's "cash poor."

ESPN: Ricardo Allen signs second-round tender, will play for Falcons in 2018 for $2.9 million | The Falcoholic
The threat of a lengthy holdout is gone, and Allen should be present at training camp.

Depth and talent make a powerful case for a Falcons 2018 Super Bowl | The Falcoholic
For these reasons, the Falcons should be Super Bowl champions this year.

Bucs DE Pierre-Paul Lost Out On 250k By Not Showing Up To OTAs | Pewter Report
Per report, Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul missed out on $250,000 by not showing up to the team's OTA practices.

Lagniappe

MMQB: Seahawks Rebuild on Pete Carroll's Competition Mantra | SI.com
The ‘Legion of Boom’ core is no more, but things have taken on a 2012 kind of vibe in Seattle—and that’s just how Pete Carroll likes it. Plus, Tom Brady’s taste of normalcy, Hue Jackson jumps in a lake, Kobe Bryant talks to the Pats, Derrius Guice shines on the field, Malcolm Jenkins shines off it, Manziel shines in another country, and Durant, LeBron and Gronk the Horse shine in sports that aren’t football

Texans excited about Tyrann Mathieu's transition | Houston Chronicle
The arrival of veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu on prove-it contract has the Texans extremely excited about his potential to impact their defense.

The 10 Best-Paid NFL Players - Besides Quarterbacks | TheStreet
Sure, quarterbacks claim many of the top spots when it comes to plush pay packages in the NFL. But from defensive ends to receivers, here are the other highest-paid players.

New York Jets lead NFL in dubious category, and it must change | ESPN
Leading the league in arrests is a bad look for the Jets, whose are close to becoming a punchline.

Way-too-early NFL Week 1 best bets: Don't sleep on the new-look Browns or Bears vs. rivals | CBSSports.com
The NFL season is a few months off but it's never too early to start looking ahead

Substance suspended Patriots WR Julian Edelman used has 'scientists analyzing it' | Sporting News
Julian Edelman was suspended four games, according to reports, for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, but the substance he used isn't one that you typically see.