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Terron Armstead and Thomas Morstead will not play against Eagles

The Saints have ruled left tackle Terron Armstead and punter Thomas Morstead out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Armstead suffered a knee injury during last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. After missing a few snaps, he was able to finish the game. It’s likely that first-round pick Andrus Peat will start in his place.

Mostead, meanwhile, pulled his right quadriceps while kicking off during the third quarter. The Saints signed Brandon Field, who previously punted for the Miami Dolphins, to start in his place.

Defensive end Bobby Richardson (hip) is questionable after not practicing on Friday. Guard Jahri Evans (knee) is questionable after being limited.

Safety Jairus Byrd (knee) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (hip) are probable.

Rob Ryan defends Jairus Byrd

Rob Ryan thinks the criticism Jairus Byrd received for not being on the field during the first three weeks of the season was unwarranted.

The New Orleans Saints safety was working his way back from a knee injury that kept him sidelined throughout the summer, and, as Byrd said last month, the situation was beyond his control.

“It’s not his fault he’s had to overcome all these injuries,” Ryan said. “It’s just unfortunate. It’s part of the game. No one’s rehabbed as hard Byrd has. It’s unfair for people to criticize him. All he’s done is work his tail off to be a part of this defense.”

Byrd appeared in four games during his first season in New Orleans and was back on the field during last week’s win against the Dallas Cowboys, playing 36 snaps. The Saints released safety Kenny Phillips earlier this week, so it seems likely he will see a bigger role against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ryan is eagerly awaiting the date when his free safety is fully healthy and perform at a high level.

“When he’s well, now, there’s not a better free safety in football,” Ryan said. “We’re looking forward to that day. But I know one thing: Hard work and determination, that’s all this guy h as been giving the New Orleans Saints.”

Khiry Robinson fined $8K for riding football like a horse


Saints Khiry Robinson

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON–New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) gets flagged by side judge Tom Hill (97) for celebrating his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Khiry Robinson won’t be celebrating this.

The Saints running back was fined $8,681 after he tucked the ball between his legs and swung his arm in the air like he was riding a horse.

The celebration came after he scored from the 1-yard line during the third quarter. New Orleans won the game, 26-20.

Earlier in the week, Robinson tweeted a picture of his celebration and added the comment, “Saddle up on them cowgirls.”

Robinson received a penalty during the game for his celebration. It’s against league rules to use the ball as a prop.

Bobby Richardson, Terron Armstead not present during open portion of Saints practice

Saints_Panthers_FootballBobby Richardson, who practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, was not present during the portion of Friday’s practice open to the media.

Richardson, the undrafted free agent who has taken over the starting role from Akiem Hicks, made seven tackles against Dallas in his first career start last Sunday and leads all Saints defensive linemen with 15 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss, tied for the team lead.

The rookie got up slowly on the final series against the Cowboys, but he was fine after the game; Richardson had simply been poked in the eye.

Left tackle Terron Armstead and punter Thomas Morstead were also not present during the portion of practice open to the media.

Armstead, who injured his left knee in the first half against Dallas, has not practiced all week. Neither has Morstead, and the Saints signed veteran punter Brandon Fields earlier this week to fill in while Morstead recovers.

Left guard Tim Lelito, who’s dealing with a minor back injury, returned to practice on Thursday.

Keenan Lewis is eager to face Eagles fans, see how well they throw eggs

After playing 18 snaps last week in his first game back from injury, Keenan Lewis could see a bigger role this week.

But while the New Orleans Saints cornerback is likely excited about that possibility, he’s also eager to see how well Philadelphia Eagles throw eggs.

The last time the Saints played in Philadelphia, Lewis said the team buses were egged several times by Eagles fans. This year, he said, he’s going to put a bull’s-eye up on the bus and see which fans have the best arm.

“They’ll throw probably 10 eggs at each bus and make a lot of noise,” he said. “You got to try to find a way to block it out and play ball.”

Lewis said he wasn’t impressed with their aim the last time the Saints were in Philadelphia and is hoping to see a better effort from the fans.

“They kind of missed last time. The fans probably hit the wrong window,” he said. “The bull’s-eye was in the middle. Hopefully they worked on their aim during their training camp as well.”

Lewis played in nickel and dime packages during last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and was not targeted once by quarterback Brandon Weeden during the 26-20 win.

He said he doesn’t know how much he’ll play this week.

“I’ll let coach make that decision,” Lewis said. “I’m getting better every day. That’s the positive.”

Injury Report: Terron Armstead misses second straight day

Saints_FootballThe New Orleans Saints’ best offensive lineman may not be available for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Left tackle Terron Armstead, who injured his left knee in the second quarter against Dallas, did not practice for the second day in a row, according to the official injury report the team submits to the NFL.

Armstead underwent an X-ray on his left knee at halftime against the Cowboys and returned, playing the entire second half.

If he misses time against Philadelphia, rookie Andrus Peat would take Armstead’s place on the left side.

Armstead’s partner on the left side, Tim Lelito, did not participate in practice due to a back injury, but Lelito was present during the portion open to the media. Punter Thomas Morstead, who is battling a strained quadricep, also did not practice.

New Orleans Saints
P Thomas Morstead DNP right quadricep
LT Terron Armstead DNP knee
LG Tim Lelito DNP back
RG Jahri Evans limited knee
CB Keenan Lewis limited hip
S Jairus Byrd limited knee
WR Brandin Cooks full ankle
WR Marques Colston full not injury related
DT Kevin Williams full not injury related
Philadelphia Eagles
LB Kiko Alonso DNP knee
DE Brandon Bair DNP groin
LB Mychal Kendricks DNP hamstring
CB Byron Maxwell full quadricep
LT Jason Peters full quadricep
RT Lane Johnson full knee
RG Allen Barbre full groin
DE Taylor Hart full shoulder
S Chris Maragos full quadricep
DE Cedric Thornton full hand

Saints using wristbands to speed up play calling in third-down situations

Gallery.SaintsCowboys_ST_1426For the first time in a decade, the Saints are using wristbands to speed up the communication from coach to player.

Luke McCown wore a wristband on his left arm against the Carolina Panthers, and when Drew Brees returned against the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints’ long-time starter continued the practice.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton likes the time the Saints can save getting the play call from coach to quarterback.

“It was the first time in 10 years we had an extensive third down plan on wristbands,” Payton said. “I can read it to him and he can read it to the huddle and they go out and run the play or I could beep in and say go to number two and you’re just trying to save a few seconds.”

Calls in the New Orleans playbook can stretch to a dozen words or so, words that take up a few extra seconds when Payton reads the play call in to the quarterback.

“There are some weeks the terminology is longer,” Payton said. “Two weeks ago against Carolina was one of those weeks, and it was something that we started doing. It was specific, might be 16 plays on there.”

By using the wristbands, Payton can say a single number, Brees finds the corresponding play call on his wrist and then gives the full play call to the rest of the team.

“I think it makes it easier on a lot of people,” Brees said. “It helps with tempo a little bit. It gives you a few extra seconds to get in and out of the huddle, which obviously can be beneficial.”

Payton said the Saints will decide week to week whether or not to keep using the bands.

“Drew had a wristband, and there were times I still read the whole play to him, you know, because that’s what we’ve done forever,” Payton said. “There are some plays that might take a little longer and I think the quicker he can get a play in, then all of a sudden be able to break the huddle and still be able to do the things we want to do.”

Terron Armstead, Tim Lelito did not participate in Saints’ Thursday practice

Saints_FootballTwo Saints offensive linemen missed the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday.

Left tackle Terron Armstead did not practice for the second straight day, and left guard Tim Lelito was present but did not participate during the portion of practice open to the media.

Veterans Kevin Williams and Marques Colston, who were given the day off on Wednesday to give their bodies an extra day to recover, were back at practice on Thursday.

All four players listed as limited on Thursday’s injury report — wide receiver Brandin Cooks, safety Jairus Byrd, cornerback Keenan Lewis, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe — participated in the portion of practice open to the media.

Quarterback Drew Brees is no longer on the Saints’ injury report.

Veteran’s rest for Marques Colston and Kevin Williams

Wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Kevin Williams were given the day off Wednesday.

On the injury report, both players were listed as being held out of action for non-injury reasons. On Thursday, coach Sean Payton explained that their absences were planned days off.

“We were talking about it the other day, we were watching the tape. Kevin had some good plays on film. I know it’s something we’ve talked about doing and we’ve done before,” Payton said. “Being able to back off a day like that lets their bodies recover one more day and then begin today.”

Colston, who is in his 10th season, played 40 snaps against the Cowboys, while Williams, who is in his 13th, logged 27.


New Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui is working to get up to speed, hopes to play this week

Michael Hoomanawanui almost didn’t make it to New Orleans.

The tight end was in an airport last week, in line to catch a flight home to Arizona, when his agent called to tell him he had been traded from the New England Patriots to the Saints.

“Thank god I wasn’t on the plane, that would have made things a lot more difficult,” Hoomanawanui said. “I went home, packed up and turned the page.”

Now he’s trying to digest everything on the pages contained within his new playbook.

Hoomanawanui did not play during last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys after arriving in New Orleans late Thursday night. He said that he’s hoping to be up to speed to the point where he can play this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

There likely aren’t a lot of similarities between the two offenses in terms of the language. The Saints offense and terminology has its roots in a West Coast system, while the Patriots’ offense has its roots in the Erhardt-Perkins system and is built upon a lot of option routes.

It’s not uncommon for some of the calls in New Orleans to be around a dozen words long. In New England, a typical play might sound something like “73 Ghost/Tosser.” The Patriots even use one-word play calls when going no huddle.

It’s different, but Hoomanwanui is confident he can conquer it quickly.

“It’s football at the end of the day. That aspect never changes,” Hoomanwanui said. “Terminology, getting used to it and getting used to guys in the locker room.”

While he’s working on that, fans of the Saints will likely still be trying to figure out how to pronounce the new tight end’s last name. Don’t worry if you mess it up. He understands.

“I’m used to it. I realize that everyone is human,” he said. “It’s not the easiest last name. I do appreciate it when people try it and give it their best effort realizing it’s not easy.”