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 Latest Saints Player Notes
Jun 27 2017 - Nick Fairley
  DT Nick Fairley was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list Monday because of a heart issue. Fairley consulted with at least three specialists this offseason, with at least one suggesting that he no longer play football, Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month. Fairley inked a four-year contract worth $28 million with New Orleans in March, including an $8.5 million signing bonus and a total of $14 million in guarantees. The Saints are not required to pay Fairley his $1 million base salary this year because his injury was not related to football.


Jun 22 2017 - Ryan Ramczyk
  OT Ryan Ramczyk signed a four-year contract, the New Orleans Saints announced Thursday. Ramczyk was the club's first-round draft pick. Ramczyk, the 32nd overall selection, was the second of the Saints' two first-round picks. The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Ramczyk started all 14 games at left tackle for Wisconsin last season and was a consensus first-team All-American.


Jun 16 2017 - Terron Armstead
  LT Terron Armstead of the Saints will be sidelined four to six months due to a torn labrum suffered in Wednesday's practice. The 25-year-old is slated to undergo shoulder surgery on Monday. Armstead learned his shoulder injury required surgery on Friday and tweeted his sentiments. He departed the field after being hurt Wednesday and underwent further tests Thursday.


Jun 14 2017 - Marshon Lattimore
  CB Marshon Lattimore, the Saints' top draft pick this spring, had a huge day Wednesday. Lattimore, the 11th overall selection in the draft, showed off his cover skills by breaking up two passes in three plays. He knocked away one throw on a go route down the sideline, then ripped the ball away from wide receiver Brandon Coleman as Coleman was preparing to tuck the ball away while running a crossing pattern. Lattimore also broke up another pass intended for wide receiver Michael Thomas during the walkthrough portion of practice.


Jun 14 2017 - Max Unger
  After an initial five-week recovery period, veteran C Max Unger is ready to take the next step in his return from foot surgery this spring. Unger, who had a surgical procedure to repair a space in the Lisfranc area of his foot, said Wednesday the next phase of his rehab will be a walking boot. After that is a return to the practice field sometime in August and if all goes well, he will take his usual spot in the starting lineup for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11. Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this spring that he thought Unger would return late in the exhibition season and Unger reiterated that Wednesday when he met with reporters. "Surgery this time of year is obviously not what you want, but this is an injury that just kind of developed," Unger said. "The No. 1 thing is we got it fixed, and hopefully, I'll be able to come back Week 1." The nine-year veteran injured his foot against the Detroit Lions last fall, but doctors thought the space in the bones of the foot would heal on its own. But a re-examination in the early spring indicated that surgery was necessary. "This had potential long-term consequences, so it wasn't really an option of whether to get it fixed or not," Unger said. "The procedure went well, so it's the best you can hope for."


Jun 13 2017 - Josh Hill
  TE Josh Hill, who had surgery late last season on a broken fibula, was present for practice but didn't participate in the workout.


Jun 13 2017 - P.J. Williams
  CB P.J. Williams did not practice during the first day of the mandatory minicamp because of the flu.


Jun 13 2017 - Senio Kelemete
  OL Senio Kelemete did not practice during the first day of the mandatory minicamp. Thr reason for his absence was not disclosed.


Jun 13 2017 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees was his usual self in Tuesday's practice. He connected on 14 of 18 pass attempts during team drills and was also sharp in hitting on four of five attempts in 7-on-7 work. The only incompletion there came on a drop by TE Coby Fleener. Brees had two throws that could have been picked off, though. WR Corey Fuller saved one when he challenged LB Craig Robertson, who had the ball go off his hands. Second-year S Vonn Bell also had a potential interception bounce off his chest.


Jun 13 2017 - Dannell Ellerbe
  LB Dannell Ellerbe, who has missed considerable playing time in his first two seasons with the Saints, was not present for the first minicamp practice Tuesday. Citing a league source, the New Orleans Advocate reported that Ellerbe, a nine-year veteran who played in 16 games the past three seasons, has a foot injury. He was not on the field for last Thursday's organized team activity that was open to media. Ellerbe, who is highly valued by the coaching staff, played in only one game with the Miami Dolphins in 2014 because of a hip injury. He's played in six and nine games the past two seasons after the Saints obtained him in a trade. When asked about Ellerbe's absence after Tuesday's practice, Payton said that Ellerbe had been excused from the workout. According to the source, Ellerbe is expected to be healthy and ready to go for the start of training camp.


Jun 13 2017 - Nick Fairley
  As they began a three-day minicamp Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints were still waiting to learn the fate of DT Nick Fairley. Fairley has been dealing with a heart condition and the Saints were awaiting the results of an examination of a third doctor, who Fairley saw last week after getting mixed opinions about his future from two other physicians. "Nothing yet," Saints coach Sean Payton said Tuesday, when asked about Fairley. "I'm sure we'll hear something fairly soon." The 29-year-old Fairley, who had a solid season a year ago and earned a four-year, $30 million contract with an $8 million signing bonus this offseason, was told by the first doctor that he should retire before getting a second opinion that disagreed with the first. Fairley, a seven-year veteran, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before being drafted out of Auburn by the Detroit Lions in 2011. But a routine exam this offseason showed a change in his condition. Whenever the results of the latest examination come back, Fairley, his agent, Saints officials and the team's medical staff will look at all the evaluations before deciding on whether he returns to the field. "We'll weigh all of those things," Payton said. "We'll meet with him and his agent, and kind of weigh the three different opinions. I anticipate that being sooner than later."


Jun 8 2017 - Nick Fairley
  DT Nick Fairley is seeking a third opinion about whether he is able to continue playing football with a heart condition, coach Sean Payton said on Thursday. Fairley, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract in the offseason, had been away from organized team activities after medical tests revealed the issue. Payton told reporters that the 29-year-old Fairley's evaluation is "still ongoing." Fairley recorded 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 games with New Orleans last season. He has collected 170 tackles and 20.5 sacks in 77 career contests with the Saints, then-St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions since being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft.


Jun 8 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson said he'd like to play another five or six years, although he had a little help in coming up with those numbers. "Thirty-seven, 38 would be good," the 32-year-old Peterson said on Wednesday, admitting that No. 37 was on his mind when former Saints player Steve Gleason's jersey number flashed on the scoreboard during a charity softball game. "It's a good number. It's approaching 40. And then I seen 37 up there, so ..."


Jun 1 2017 - Mark Ingram
  RB Mark Ingram was held out of practice Thursday to rest an undisclosed injury. The move is believed to be just a precaution.


Jun 1 2017 - Terron Armstead
  T Terron Armstead, who was hampered by knee and hip injuries last season, participated for the first time this season in an open practice Thursday.


Jun 1 2017 - Khalif Barnes
  OL Khalif Barnes, who was released earlier, was re-signed Thursday.


May 26 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson worked on catching passes out of the backfield while getting the bulk of the snaps with the Saints' first-team offense in seven-on-seven work and team drills Thursday. Peterson wasn't called on to catch the ball much in the Minnesota offense, but that will likely change with the Saints. Peterson caught 241 passes in 123 career games with the Vikings, but Ingram has 98 receptions and four touchdowns in the past two seasons alone. Peterson had one pass fall to the ground Thursday, but he appeared comfortable for the most part in a new offensive system and in his new surroundings.


May 26 2017 - Bryce Harris
  OT Bryce Harris, a former Saint, made the most of his tryout during the team's rookie minicamp two weeks ago. Harris was signed to a contract after the tryout and will get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the goal of adding depth to the offensive line. Harris played for the Saints from 2012 to 2014 and appeared in all 16 games in 2013 and 2014 with three starts. Since being released by New Orleans in 2015, he played with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.


May 26 2017 - Corey Fuller
  WR Corey Fuller was signed by New Orleans off the Detroit Lions' practice squad last December after he was impressive in a couple of games against the Saints. He showed why New Orleans plucked him from the Lions in the Thursday practice session with a handful of catches -- including two on back-to-back plays in team drills against starting cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams. On the latter reception, he made a nice adjustment on the ball to make the grab.


May 13 2017 - Ryan Ramczyk
  T Ryan Ramczyk, the second of two first-round draft picks for the Saints in last month's draft, had hip surgery in January to repair a torn labrum. But he hopes to be cleared by doctors before the off-season program ends in June. Ramczyk arrived for the team's rookie minicamp further along in his rehab than doctors thought he would be, which is encouraging news for the former All-American from Wisconsin and his new team. "He's receiving a lot of work, but he's not receiving the team work," coach Sean Payton said Saturday. "He probably is three to four weeks out with his labrum, but he's picking things up very quickly. He's in good shape and much further along than really we anticipated, even with his surgery."


May 13 2017 - Collin Buchanan
  G Collin Buchanan was waived by the Saints with a "left squad" designation. Buchanan, a former Miami (Ohio) standout who started 33 games during his college career, was one of the Saints' top signees after the draft. He was a second-team All-Mid American Conference pick last season. The 6-foot-5, 316-pound Buchanan started 12 games at right tackle in 2016 and was one of the reasons Miami (Ohio) averaged 136.3 yards rushing per game last season. As a priority free agent, Buchanan was given a $10,000 signing bonus and was guaranteed $10,000 of his base salary, according to the New Orleans Advocate. "Thursday night we met, Friday he came in and spent some time in my office and he felt confident he didn't want to play anymore," coach Sean Payton said Saturday. "That happens from time to time.


May 13 2017 - Max Unger
  C Max Unger could have a chance to get back on the field before the end of the preseason schedule, coach Sean Payton said Saturday. Payton said Unger, who recently had foot surgery, has a chance to return by the third week of the preseason despite reports early last week that had Unger not returning until the start of the regular season. A key to the Saints' offensive line, Unger originally injured the foot last season and the injury lingered into the offseason after Dr. James Andrews initially believed it would heal on its own.


May 13 2017 - Max Unger
  C Max Unger, who recently underwent foot surgery, is expected to be ready to play in Week 3 of the preseason. There were reports speculating that Unger would miss start of the regular season, but Saints coach Sean Payton said otherwise on Saturday. "We anticipate probably early August," Payton told reporters on day two of rookie minicamp when asked about Unger's return. "I see him possibly being able to get into the preseason. Our goal would be Week 3 (of the preseason), so that's where he's at." The 31-year-old Unger has been dealing with the same foot injury that caused him to miss one game last season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.


May 8 2017 - Max Unger
  C Max Unger suffered a foot injury and likely will miss the start of the 2017 regular season with the Saints, according to reports Monday. Unger, 31, underwent foot surgery over the weekend and the Saints are expected to begin the season without a key member of the offensive line, a source told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He will start the season on the physically unable to perform list and miss about five months, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. Unger started 31 of 32 games for the Saints the past two seasons after being acquired as part of the 2015 trade that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks.


Apr 25 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson has agreed to join the Saints on a two-year deal reportedly worth $7 million pending a physical. The contract includes $3.5 million of guaranteed money. "I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," the 32-year-old Peterson told ESPN. "I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit." Peterson's option was not picked up by the Vikings on Feb. 28 after he spent his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, becoming the franchise's all-time leader in rushing yards (11,747) and touchdowns (97).


Apr 25 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson is close to agreeing to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to published reports on Monday. Citing two league sources, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that a deal is near for Peterson, who visited the Saints two weeks ago. The NFL Network reported that the sides are close to an agreement and that Peterson would receive more than $3 million to play next season. Peterson, who turned 32 last month, left the Minnesota Vikings as one of the best players in franchise history. He was released on March 9 after the team declined the 2017 option on his contract.


Apr 11 2017 - James Laurinaitis
  LB Laurinaitis announced his retirement on Tuesday, stating he can no longer physically play the game. Laurinaitis, 30, racked up 853 tackles and 10 interceptions in seven seasons as middle linebacker of the Rams before playing his final campaign with the New Orleans Saints. "I still love the game but the body says it's time to move on," Laurinaitis wrote while announcing his retirement on Twitter.


Apr 2 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson's first free agent meeting will be with the defending Super Bowl champions. The former Minnesota Vikings running back is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots on Monday, ESPN reports. Peterson became an unrestricted free agent when the Vikings did not exercise his 2017 option on Feb. 28. Peterson missed almost all of last season with a right knee injury. The seven-time Pro Bowler and 2012 NFL MVP has 11,747 rushing yards and 97 touchdowns over 10 seasons, all with the Vikings.


Apr 1 2017 - Drew Brees
  QB Drew Brees is heading into the final year of his contract but the 38-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback insists he is not concerned about getting an extension from the team. Brees previously said he is not seeking a new deal this offseason, including again on Friday while speaking at a Habitat for Humanity project in New Orleans. He said waiting until the end of the season is in the best interest of himself and the team. "I'm just trying to stress the sense of urgency," Brees told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I'm just so focused on this year, just being in the moment, not thinking about anything beyond this and taking every other year as it comes. But, also, we're building something here. We are building something. I feel like we have a window of opportunity." Brees understands the Saints might be looking to the future and could select a quarterback in this year's draft to eventually replace him as the starter. "Listen, I trust our organization, so if they felt like that was what was in the best interest of our team long term, then that's the decision," Brees said in another interview Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Again, my mindset is, this is my team. I'm the quarterback of this team, and I got to put us in the best position I can to win and to win right now. It doesn't change my approach or mindset at all." The Saints earlier this week signed quarterback Chase Daniel, who will compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for a backup role to Brees in 2017.


Mar 30 2017 - Chase Daniel
  QB Chase Daniel agreed to a deal with the Saints on Wednesday, and he will return to New Orleans as the backup to Drew Brees. Daniel, who was with the Saints from 2009-12, will sign a one-year deal, ESPN reported Wednesday. Daniel, 30, served as the primary backup to Brees from 2010-12 before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup for Alex Smith from 2013-15. Daniel signed a three-year, $21 million contract -- with $12 million guaranteed -- with Philadelphia last season. The Eagles released Daniel at his own request on March 13 in a move that freed up $6 million of available cap space. He played in just one game in 2016, completing his only pass for 16 yards.


Mar 24 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson is reportedly asking for a premium price on the open market, and teams are not willing to meet the demand. Peterson, who was recently released by the Minnesota Vikings, remains unsigned during free agency and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that it is because the asking price is too high. A source from a team in the market for a running back told ESPN that Peterson wanted more than $8 million in the first year of a contract. The Vikings announced last week that the team would not re-sign Peterson, who turned 32 on Tuesday. The Vikings did not pick up Peterson's option year and instead signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray in free agency.


Mar 21 2017 - Manti Te'o
  LB Manti Te'o and the Saints have agreed on a two-year deal to bring the former Chargers linebacker and defensive co-captain to New Orleans, ESPN reports. Te'o, 26, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In 38 career games (34 starts), Te'o has 221 tackles, two interceptions and 1 1/2 sacks. Last season, Te'o sustained a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.


Mar 12 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Sunday, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old running back is a free agent after the Vikings declined to pick up his option for 2017 that would have paid him $11.75 million in salary plus a $6 million roster bonus. Peterson is familiar with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who served in a similar position with the Vikings from 2007-10. Peterson was limited to three games last season because of injuries, rushing for 72 yards on 37 carries. He topped 1,000 yards seven times for the Vikings, including a career-best 2,097 yards in 2012 that rates as the second-best single-season mark in NFL history.


Mar 10 2017 - Ted Ginn
  WR Ted Ginn Jr. agreed to terms on a free agent deal with New Orleans. Ginn is a speed threat and could open the door for the Saints to move Brandin Cooks. According to reports, New England, Philadelphia, Tennessee and Chicago expressed interest in Cooks, a former first-round pick and home-run threat for Drew Brees in the Saints' system. Ginn turns 32 in April but his recent effort against the Saints -- three TD catches in the past two seasons -- underscores his big-play ability.


Mar 10 2017 - A.J. Klein
  LB A.J. Klein agreed to terms on a free agent deal with New Orleans. Klein, 25, fills a pressing need for the Saints, and earned high praise for his performance last season when All-Pro MLB Luke Kuechly was sidelined by concussion symptoms. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Klein can play inside or over the tight end, depending on the personnel the Saints are able to acquire in the offseason.


Jan 3 2017 - Taveze Calhoun
  CB Taveze Calhoun was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday when Ken Crawley went on injured reserve.


Jan 3 2017 - Ken Crawley
  CB Ken Crawley was put on injured reserve Saturday after dislocating his kneecap in Wednesday's practice.


Jan 3 2017 - Willie Snead
  WR Willie Snead was knocked out of the Falcons game after making a catch in the fourth quarter and was being evaluated for a concussion.


Jan 3 2017 - Sheldon Rankins
  DT Sheldon Rankins left the game with the Atlanta Falcons with what he said was a strained Achilles' tendon strain, but added later the injury was "minor."


Jan 2 2017 - Taveze Calhoun
  CB Taveze Calhoun was promoted from the practice squad on Sunday.


Jan 2 2017 - Ken Crawley
  CB Ken Crawley (knee) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.


Jan 2 2017 - Sheldon Rankins
  DT Sheldon Rankins left the game in the third quarter on Sunday with a foot injury.


Jan 2 2017 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson (knee) were held out for Minnesota. Peterson missed the final two games of the season and ended the year with just 72 yards rushing in three games..


Dec 30 2016 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson was ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Chicago Bears. The 31-year-old Peterson has been slowed with knee and groin injuries for the second straight week after he returned from a torn meniscus in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18. The 2012 NFL MVP has not practiced since the Colts game, and will finish the season with 37 carries for 72 yards and no touchdowns in three games.


Dec 29 2016 - Craig Robertson
  MLB Craig Robertson worked on a limited basis Thursday with a shoulder injury, but played the last two weeks and could be ready for Sunday's game.


Dec 29 2016 - Max Unger
  C Max Unger was limited in practice again Thursday because of a nagging foot injury, but could play Sunday against the Falcons.


Dec 29 2016 - John Kuhn
  FB John Kuhn was limited in practice Thursday after not working Wednesday because of a hip injury and could play Sunday.


Dec 29 2016 - Dannell Ellerbe
  LB Dannell Ellerbe returned to work on a limited basis Thursday despite a foot injury, but it's not known if he'll be ready for the Falcons.


Dec 29 2016 - Ken Crawley
  CB Ken Crawley, who was not on the injury report Wednesday, did not practice Thursday and his status for Sunday's game is unknown.


Dec 29 2016 - Adrian Peterson
  RB Adrian Peterson (groin/knee) didn't practice again Thursday and isn't expected to play in what could be his last game as a Viking. Peterson returned from injured reserve against the Colts on Dec. 18, but suffered a groin injury while playing his first 12 snaps since tearing the meniscus in his right knee in Week 2.



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