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Carl Nicks says he figured he was on his way out of New Orleans before last season ended, which only added to the All-Pro left guard's motivation.
Nicks says the Saints were not aggressive about signing him to an extension last year, so he figured he'd better put a great season on his resume.
Nicks said he misses his former Saints teammates, who he'll face on Sunday in Tampa Bay. Still, he says he's happier with the Buccaneers, who gave him a five-year, $47 million free-agent contract.
The 6-foot-5, 349-pound, two-time Pro Bowl lineman says he also appreciated the greater leadership role Tampa Bay wanted him to have.
The Saints say losing Nicks was tough, but that former Baltimore All-Pro Ben Grubbs has fit in well at Nicks' old spot.
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According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.Graham has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all week.
The New Orleans Saints have been quiet regarding the injury
of two key players on offense; tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Lance
Moore. The Saints are expected to shed light on their conditions today, reports
Mike Triplett of nola.com.
#Saints coach Aaron Kromer declines to update injuries. We'll get first practice report Wednesday on Jimmy Graham, Lance Moore...
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham won’t miss any games despite a rumor going around that he will be out for several weeks because of a sprained ankle.This is certainly good news for Saints. Graham has been their lone bright spot so far this season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that he’s appointed former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the hearing officer for the four players involved in the Saints bounty case.“Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell has the exclusive authority to hear appeals of discipline for conduct detrimental or appoint a designee to hear and...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma participated in practice again Friday and appears likely to be activated from the physically unable to perform list in time to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said Vilma has made some impressive plays in practice this week, but the decision on whether to play him against the Buccaneers...
According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) will be a game-time decision.Fantasy Spin:Graham sprained his ankle against the Chargers in Week 5 yet is still not 100 percent after the bye. There is no tight end this side of Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez who can replace Graham's numbers.
It’s apparent that the NFL’s severe penalties handed down to New Orleans Saints players and coaches for creating and participation of their bounty programs for targeting opponents weren’t severe enough. You would think that forcing NFL coaches to sit out for at least parts of a season (including head coach Sean Payton missing all of 2012) and suspending Saints defensive coordinator...
The New Orleans Saints have been cursed all year. Missed last second field goals, poorly timed interceptions from a QB that normally does a good job protecting the football, and one of the craziest offseasons in NFL history have added up to a one win season. The only good moment for the Saints came at the start of their win against the San Diego Chargers, when Drew Brees broke...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints bounties scandal.
Goodell says Friday that he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players' union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to ''decide the appeals and bring the...
The players' union opposes former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case.
In a statement Wednesday, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest.
Commissioner Roger Goodell...
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The NFC South is looking bleaker and bleaker these days for another team outside of Atlanta to grab a hold of.
Instead, this division has turned into one of the more disappointing division since many had high hopes for the New Orleans...
The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool.
In a response Wednesday to papers the players filed earlier this week, the NFL says its labor agreement gives Goodell the power to handle discipline involving conduct detrimental to football ''at...