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 Latest Saints Player Notes
Jan 18 2018 - Thomas Morstead
  P Thomas Morstead is willing to pay it forward after Minnesota Vikings fans donated reportedly more than $150,000 to the charity of the New Orleans Saints punter. The Vikings fans' generosity comes on the heels of Morstead playing through the pain of torn cartilage in his ribs sustained on the first series of Sunday's NFC divisional-round game. The 31-year-old even came out for the final play -- an extra-point attempt -- after Stefon Diggs reeled in a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory. Vikings fans donated to Morstead's "What You Give Will Grow" charity for children battling cancer, prompting the punter to promise to return to the state to personally deliver a check to Minnesota's Child Life Program. "I'm just totally humbled by this," Morstead in a video on Twitter. "I might be forced to root for you guys all the way through the Super Bowl now. Just totally blown away. Thank you very much."


Jan 17 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees told ESPN that he does not plan to test free agency or wait until the start of the new NFL year on March 14 to sign a contract with the New Orleans Saints, which could cost him negotiating leverage. However, Brees admitted that two days after the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs on an amazing play by the Minnesota Vikings is too soon to talk about contract decisions. "We're just two days removed, so I really haven't given it a ton of thought -- other than, I know where my mindset's been the whole time, and that's that I'll be here," said Brees, who turned 39 on Monday. "... I'm not in the mood to make anything secretive. It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. That is that I'll be here as long as they'll have me, hopefully." Brees said there is a "process" that will begin after the Saints' coaches work at the Pro Bowl, end-of-season meetings with the staff and the NFL scouting combine. It is expected that he will sign another short-term deal, along the lines of the one-year contract extension he signed in September 2016 that was worth $24.25 million.


Jan 16 2018 - Marcus Williams
  S Marcus Williams took to social media to thank his supporters on the heels of his missed tackle that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 29-24 victory in the NFC divisional round. Williams' missed tackle allowed wide receiver Stefon Diggs to score on a 61-yard touchdown as time expired, sending the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles -- by extension -- ending the Saints' season. "I appreciate my friends, real fans, family, and team for everything they have done for me this season all of the support is highly appreciated!" the 21-year-old Williams wrote on Twitter. "No the season didn't end as planned but one thing for sure I won't let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!"


Jan 15 2018 - Willie Snead
  WR Willie Snead IV tied his season-high with a modest two receptions. Snead, who caught 72 and 69 passes the last two seasons, missed the first three games this season while suspended for an offseason DUI and never got untracked. One of his receptions was a 13-yard grab on fourth-and-10, extending a drive that ended with a go-ahead field goal with 25 seconds remaining. Snead missed an opportunity for another big play when on a third-and-1 he grabbed a lateral from Brees and overthrew an open Alvin Kamara for what would have been a big gainer.


Jan 15 2018 - Thomas Morstead
  P Thomas Morstead continued to punt and hold for placements after injuring his ribs making a tackle on a punt return early in the first quarter. One report said Morstead suffered broken ribs and he doubled over after each subsequent punt. Still, he averaged 48 yards and held for Wil Lutz's 43-yard field goal in the final minute.


Jan 15 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cam Jordan didn't have a sack against the Vikings after leading New Orleans with a career-high 13 during the regular season. Jordan, who was selected for the Pro Bowl, had one sack in the 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over Carolina on Jan. 7.


Jan 15 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees, as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, can go anywhere he wants. He made it clear, though, he'd like to stay with the New Orleans Saints after 12 seasons with the team. "This one will sting," he said after a last-play 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC divisional playoff game. "But when you reflect on the season itself and what we were able to accomplish, the memories that we made, the relationships that were built and just the way this team came together, it really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football, especially when I think about this window over the next few years."


Jan 15 2018 - Alvin Kamara
  RB Alvin Kamara had 105 total yards and a touchdown for the Saints. Kamara caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints their first lead, 21-20.


Jan 15 2018 - Michael Thomas
  WR Michael Thomas had two touchdown receptions for the Saints.


Jan 15 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns for New Orleans, which overcame a 17-0 deficit in the second half.


Jan 14 2018 - Al-Quadin Muhammad
  DE Al-Quadin Muhammad was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - John Phillips
  TE John Phillips was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Bryce Harris
  OT Bryce Harris was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Cameron Tom
  C Cameron Tom was listed as inactive for Sunday's divisional-round game against Minnesota.


Jan 14 2018 - Jonathan Williams
  WR Brandon Coleman was ruled out of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Coleman did not practice all week due to a neck injury. The third-year wideout, who has never missed a game, had only 23 receptions with three touchdowns during the regular season. However, Coleman came up big in last weekend's wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers with four catches for 44 yards.


Jan 12 2018 - Taysom Hill
  QB Taysom Hill (illness) id not practice Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.


Jan 12 2018 - Michael Mauti
  LB Michael Mauti (illness) did not practice Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.


Jan 12 2018 - Brandon Coleman
  WR Brandon Coleman was ruled out of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Coleman did not practice all week due to a neck injury. The third-year wideout, who has never missed a game, had only 23 receptions with three touchdowns during the regular season. However, Coleman came up big in last weekend's wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers with four catches for 44 yards.


Jan 11 2018 - P.J. Williams
  CB P.J. Williams (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Michael Hoomanawanui
  TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Trey Hendrickson
  DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Sheldon Rankins
  DT Sheldon Rankins (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Terron Armstead
  T Terron Armstead (thigh) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Brandon Coleman
  WR Brandon Coleman (neck) did not practice Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Michael Mauti
  LB Michael Mauti (illness) did not practice Thursday as the Saints prepared for their divisional playoff game Sunday at Minnesota.


Jan 11 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  Defensive end Cameron Jordan practiced fully on Thursday. Jordan, who tied for fourth in the league with 13 sacks in the regular season, had been limited in Wednesday's practice by a knee injury. The Saints will visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in an NFC divisional round game. Jordan has never missed in game in his seven seasons. He had a sack in last week's 31-26 playoff win over the Carolina Panthers and, also registered one in a season-opening loss at Minnesota.


Jan 10 2018 - Andrus Peat
  OL Andrus Peat on injured reserve Wednesday because of a broken fibula he suffered against the Panthers.


Jan 10 2018 - Trey Hendrickson
  DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - P.J. Williams
  CB P.J. Williams (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - David Onyemata
  DT David Onyemata (thumb) was limited in practice.


Jan 10 2018 - Michael Hoomanawanui
  TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) was limited in practice.


Jan 10 2018 - Sheldon Rankins
  DT Sheldon Rankins (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Terron Armstead
  T Terron Armstead (thigh) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Cameron Jordan
  DE Cam Jordan (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Brandon Coleman
  WR Brandon Coleman (neck) did not participate in practice Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Senio Kelemete
  OL Senior Kelemete is expected to make his first career playoff start Sunday in place of Andrus Peat (broken fibula). The five-year veteran, made his post-season debut last week and moved into the lineup after Peat was injured in the first half. Kelemete made eight starts during the regular season because of injuries to Peat, Armstead and RG Larry Warford.


Jan 8 2018 - Thomas Morstead
  P Thomas Morstead averaged 43.0 yards on four punts, one of which was downed inside the 20.


Jan 8 2018 - Alvin Kamara
  RB Alvin Kamara had 10 rushes for only 23 yards.


Jan 8 2018 - Mark Ingram
  RB Mark Ingram had nine rushes for only 22 yards


Jan 8 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees completed 23-of-33 passes for 376 yards, his second-highest total of the season, and two touchdowns. Even his interception wasn't as bad as it could have been because it came on fourth down and pushed the Panthers 16 yards further from the end zone than an incompletion would have to start their final possession. Brees found eight different receivers, most notably WRs Michael Thomas (eight catches, 131 yards) and Ted Ginn Jr. (4-115, 80-yard touchdown).


Jan 8 2018 - Zach Line
  FB Zach Line scored a touchdown for the second consecutive game after not having scored an NFL touchdown previously. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, a week after he caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Drew Brees against Tampa Bay.


Jan 8 2018 - Wil Lutz
  K Wil Lutz made a career-long 57-yard field goal in the third quarter. It was the only field goal Lutz attempted in the game.


Jan 8 2018 - Josh Hill
  TE Josh Hill scored his first career postseason touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter. He finished with three catches for 49 yards.


Jan 8 2018 - Senio Kelemete
  OL Senio Kelemete has been effective stepping in at left guard when Peat has moved to tackle, but if T Terron Armstead should go out again, the impact of Peat's absence will be magnified.


Jan 8 2018 - Andrus Peat
  OL Andrus Peat's versatility has been a key factor in the Saints' offensive line's ability to play well amid a series of injuries. Peat has been the starting left guard, but played a significant amount of time at left tackle because of a series of injuries that have had Terron Armstead going in and out of the lineup. Now Peat is unavailable because of a broken fibula suffered against the Panthers.


Jan 8 2018 - Josh Hill
  TE Josh Hill hauled in a 9-yard TD pass from Drew Brees.


Jan 8 2018 - Ted Ginn
  WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught an 80-yard touchdown pass against his former Panthers teammates.


Jan 8 2018 - Andrus Peat
  LG Andrus Peat was carted off the field in the first quarter with a lower left leg injury.


Jan 8 2018 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Ted Ginn Jr. that "broke the seal" on the game in the first half of the Saints' 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over the Carolina Panthers. Brees completed 23-of-33 passes (69.6 percent), and he now has 3,915 career passing yards in the postseason, ranking him 10th in NFL history. The 376 yards were the fourth most in an NFL playoff game. Brees also has 329 career completions in the postseason, 10th in league history. "He's a Hall of Fame quarterback," Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. "When he has time, he's going to find players downfield," Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said. "Unfortunately, that's what he did. He got a little bit too much a couple of times and was able to advance the ball downfield. Their chunk yardage was tremendous." Saints head coach Sean Payton simply marvels at Brees' ability to dissect coverages. Brees will turn 39 on Jan. 15. "You start looking at how Drew has played in these games at home," Payton said. "There is a sense of urgency throughout the week. You just sense it around your team you get to this stage of the season, the experience these guys have varies."


Jan 5 2018 - Blake Countess
  S Blake Countess was fined $48,620 apiece by the NFL for his actions in Sunday's game against San Francisco. In Countess' case, it was significant that he was only fined and not suspended for the hit he put on San Francisco 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin. As a result, Countess remains eligible to play in Saturday's playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.



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