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NFL begins fining coaches for disregarding mask policy

Last Monday, the NFL issued its warning. The league has taken action. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, three coaches were fined $100,000 each for failing to proper wear masks: 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Broncos coach Vic Fangio, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Their respective teams were fined $250,000 each. Those were hardly the only [more]

Alvin Kamara scores first touchdown in Allegiant Stadium

Wil Lutz scored the first points in Allegiant Stadium, and Alvin Kamara the first touchdown. The Saints are not being nice house guests. The Raiders have yet to get on the scoreboard in their new stadium, trailing 10-0 with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter. The Saints took the opening kickoff and went 62 yards [more]

Henry Ruggs is active, but Trent Brown, Nick Kwiatkoski, Sam Young aren’t

Rookie receiver Henry Ruggs was questionable heading into Monday night’s game. He is active, though, confirming reports earlier in the day. Ruggs, the 12th overall choice this spring, led the Raiders in receiving yards with 55 on three catches in the season opener. He injured his knee in the second quarter but still played 42 [more]

Tom Brady “went to another level” in practice this week

Watch out, Panthers. Miffed by a subpar performance against the Saints in Week One, and undoubtedly feeling challenged after being called out multiple times by his head coach in the aftermath of a two-interception showing, quarterback Tom Brady has doubled down. James Palmer of NFL Network reports that Brady “went to another level” during practice [more]

Michael Thomas is out for Monday night

The best receiver in football officially will miss time with a high ankle sprain. Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who has played in all but one of his prior 65 regular-season games, has been ruled out for Monday night’s visit to christen the new Raiders stadium. Running back Latavius Murray rolled up on Thomas’ lower leg [more]

Henry Ruggs questionable, Trent Brown doubtful for Monday

The Raiders got wide receiver Henry Ruggs back on the practice field Saturday and the door is open for the first-round pick to play against the Saints on Monday night. Ruggs missed two days of practice with a knee injury, but was able to work as a limited participant in the team’s final session before [more]

Taysom Hill, weapon or investment?

The Saints gave quarterback-of-all-trades Taysom Hill a two-year, $21 million contract in the offseason. The question is whether the money was spent on a player the Saints plan to use accordingly, or whether the contract represents a downpayment on the ability to make him the starter whenever Drew Brees retires. Based on the first week [more]

Rob Ryan to Bruce Arians: “How about you rip yourself?”

Much has been said this week about Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians publicly criticizing quarterback Tom Brady for his performance in his first game with the team. A former long-time NFL assistant coach has offered a different potential source of criticism for Bruce Arians: Bruce Arians himself. “You wanna blame somebody, blame yourself because your team [more]

Bruce Arians on Leonard Fournette’s role: “If it increases, it increases”

The Buccaneers added running back Leonard Fournette not long before the start of the season. For the first game of the season, he didn’t do much. Will he do more this week against Carolina? “He’s only been here about 10 or 12 days, so I thought he did OK with what he had,” coach Bruce [more]

Michael Thomas doesn’t practice Thursday

Saints head coach Sean Payton didn’t have much to say about wide receiver Michael Thomas’ ankle injury on Thursday, but the team’s injury report provided an update. Thomas didn’t practice as the team worked to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Raiders in Las Vegas. That’s not a great surprise as reports this week [more]

Emmanuel Sanders: “It just didn’t feel like it was Tom Brady out there”

The Saints became the first team to face Tom Brady in a uniform other than the one he wore for 20 years. It looked weird to the fans and the media, and it also looked weird to at least one New Orleans player. “I don’t know, it just didn’t feel like it was Tom Brady [more]

Broncos sign linebacker Anthony Chickillo

The Broncos are adding a former Steeler, the week they’re playing the Steelers. Via agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Broncos are signing linebacker Anthony Chickillo off of the Saints practice squad. Chickillo spent the previous five seasons with the Steelers, but was released in March. He signed with the Saints in May, but was cut when they [more]

Sixth-year balloon payment got Alvin Kamara to $15 million per year

Somehow, Saints running back Alvin Kamara matched Ezekiel Elliott‘s annual average of $15 million per year. Here’s how: With a $25 million payable in the final season of the five-year extension. Without the non-guaranteed 2025 salary, per-game roster bonus, or workout bonus (totaling $25 million), Kamara signed a four-year, $12.5 million extension. Which is still [more]

What will Saints do offensively without Michael Thomas?

It became obvious from the moment Saints running back Alvin Kamara fell onto the leg of Saints receiver Michael Thomas that Thomas had an ankle injury. It’s a high-ankle sprain, and Thomas reportedly will miss time. So what happens to the Saints Offense without Thomas? The unofficial (and thus worthless) depth chart doesn’t shed much [more]

Saints punter Thomas Morstead NFC special teams player of the week

So much of the attention was paid to Tom Brady losing his Buccaneers debut. And while the Saints Defense had plenty to do with that, their special teams also played a central role. Saints punter Thomas Morstead was named NFC special teams player of the week for his part in that. Morstead had five punts [more]

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