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Michael Thomas, C.J. Gardner-Johnson altercation results in Thomas not playing Monday

The Saints have ruled receiver Michael Thomas out for Monday night’s game against the Chargers not because of his ankle but for another reason. Per a league source, the reason is this: Thomas got into an altercation with safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson. It’s unclear whether Gardner-Johnson will play on Monday night. He’s a starter, so it [more]

Saints rule out Michael Thomas for Monday night

The Saints had listed receiver Michael Thomas as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Chargers, four weeks and a day after he suffered a high ankle sprain. The Saints will now rule Thomas out. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the Saints will downgrade Thomas today. It’s an unusual move, given that the Saints [more]

Saints list Michael Thomas as questionable for Monday

Wide receiver Michael Thomas wrapped up a week of limited practices on Saturday and the Saints have left the door open for him to play for the first time since the season opener. Thomas injured his ankle in that game and has missed the last three weeks while recovering. He’s listed as questionable for Monday [more]

Mike Williams, Joey Bosa have limited practices

Chargers receiver Mike Williams returned to practice Friday and got in limited work. He played 40 snaps in Week Three and missed last week’s game with his injured hamstring. Williams has seven catches for 100 yards this season. Defensive end Joey Bosa (triceps/knee) also had a limited practice Friday after sitting out Thursday’s session. Offensive [more]

Michael Thomas practices on a limited basis, again

Nearly four weeks ago, Saints receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain, late in a Week One win over Tampa Bay. He could be on track to return on Monday night against the Chargers. Thomas practiced on a limited basis on Friday. He also participated on a limited basis on Thursday. Last week, Thomas [more]

Saints cut Will Clapp; sign Tommylee Lewis to practice squad

The Saints waived offensive lineman Will Clapp on Thursday. It marks the third time this season the Saints have cut him. Clapp, signed to the active roster most recently Oct. 3, has played two games. He has seen action on 11 special teams plays but none on offense. He played 17 games with four starts [more]

Saints won’t relocate to Indianapolis for Monday night’s game

The Saints’ request to have 25 percent of the Superdome open for fans on Monday night didn’t get granted, but they are set to play in New Orleans. Earlier this week, concerns about Hurricane Delta hitting New Orleans led to discussion about the team moving to Indianapolis to practice this week. There was also talk [more]

New Orleans mayor says no to 25 percent capacity for Saints

The Saints were hoping to have the Superdome at 25 percent capacity for their game against the Chargers Monday, but the city isn’t ready for that kind of crowd. According to Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declined the team’s request, which would have allowed around 18,500 fans. Instead, [more]

Chargers-Saints could be played in Indianapolis

As if the NFL didn’t have its hands full with multiple boiling COVID-19 pots, another serious logistical problem has emerged. Delta became a “major hurricane” on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Saints are preparing to potentially evacuate to Indianapolis on Thursday, according to Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com. Monday night’s game against the Chargers also could be [more]

It’s the PFT PM Week Four awards

Every Tuesday, PFT PM hands out awards in four categories, with MDS, Charean Williams, and I making our selections for offensive player, defensive player, rookie, and coach of the week. Every week, I post the video code here and invite you to watch it to see who we picked. This week, for reasons neither known [more]

“Major hurricane” heading for Louisiana

The Saints are scheduled to host the Chargers on Monday night at the Superdome. Fifteen years after Katrina, another hurricane is heading toward Louisiana. Hurricane Delta (they ran out of alphabet this year, so they’re now using Greek letters) has gathered sufficient power to be regarded as a “major hurricane,” and it’s expected to hit [more]

Report: Austin Ekeler seeking second opinion with 4-6 week timeline likely

A report earlier Monday indicated Chargers running back Austin Ekeler would miss multiple weeks with his injuries. A new report puts the prognosis at 4-6 weeks. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Ekeler is seeking a second opinion on his hamstring injury and hyperextended knee and the timeline doctors have given him. Ekeler played only three [more]

Alvin Kamara didn’t sleep much while waiting for news on whether the Saints had an outbreak

The Saints learned late Saturday night that fullback Michael Burton tested positive for COVID-19. It threw the team into a whirlwind that, despite Burton’s positive turning out to be a false result, disrupted the team’s routine significantly the night before its game against the Lions. Running back Alvin Kamara, one of multiple players who had [more]

First quarter of 2020 season sets a record for big comebacks

Scoring is up in 2020, and that means leads that used to be safe aren’t. Each week this year, a lead of 16 or more points ultimately was squandered. That’s the first time that ever has happened in league history. The Bucs pulled off the feat today, coming from 17 down to defeat the Chargers, [more]

Sean Payton proud of how team handled false positive COVID-19 test

The Saints had a long night on Saturday as they waited for COVID-19 re-tests of fullback Michael Burton and other players after learning that Burton tested positive before the team flew to Detroit. Those tests showed it was a false positive for Burton and that no other players were infected, so they were able to [more]

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