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Drew Brees Has Surgery On Injured Thumb, No Timetable for Return

Saints quarterback Drew Brees had surgery today on his thumb the team announced, this after suffering an injury during the Saints 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in Los Angeles.

Brees’ thumb was hit by Rams defensive end Aaron Donald while attempting a pass. Teddy Bridgewater took Brees’ place and will be the team’s starter moving forward.

NFL.com reports that Brees will NOT be placed on injured reserve, meaning that he will take up a roster spot, but with that he will be able to return any time once he’s healthy.

Coach Sean Payton said that Brees will avoid going on injured reserve for now, per NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz, and the team will evaluate on a week-to-week basis.

As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported, the initial timeframe on Brees’ recovery is around six to eight weeks, but the Saints will have a better idea how long the quarterback will be out after surgery.

Keeping Brees off IR allows him to potentially return before the mandatory eight weeks required by injured reserve.

Drew Brees’ Hand Injury Could Seal the Fate of the Saints Season

Saints fans are holding their breath when it comes to the injury to franchise quarterback Drew Brees, who Sunday was forced to leave the game against the Rams due to a hit on his hand by all-world Rams lineman Aaron Donald.

The Saints quarterback was set to see a a hand specialist in Los Angeles, and the results could determine the fate of the Saints season.

The 40-year-old was seen after the game with a wrap on his throwing hand that some theorized could mean a ligament injury.

Brees told reporters after the game that he was hoping that “it’s not too significant.”

The QB had X-rays on the hand at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but did not want to say anything until after meeting with the hand specialist.

The Saints may have to stick with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, as they will stay on the west coast and play at 2-0 Seattle next Sunday.

Saints Lock Up Head Coach Sean Payton With a New Five-Year Deal

The Saints have reportedly locked up head coach Sean Payton to a five-year deal, this according to Fox Sports.

Payton trails only Bill Belichick of the Patriots in terms of coaching tenure, as he was hired by New Orleans back in 2006, winning a Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts in Miami in February of 2010.

The Saints coach is 8-6 in the postseason, including the Super Bowl victory.

There were rumors that the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones had interest in hiring Payton away from the Saints.

“This is home,” Payton told NFL Network’s Michael Silver last week.

“I have a house here. I’m here full-time. Every year, we do more.”

Payton has a career coaching mark of 119-74.

Video: Highlights of the Saints 30-28 Win Over the Texans Monday Night

The Saints rallied for a 30-28 win over the Texans on Monday night, here’s the highlights of the win for New Orleans to get them to 1-0 on the year.

There’s Been Plenty of Huge Changes to the NFL Over the Last 100 Years; Check Out Some of the Biggest Ones

100 years is a long time for anything to survive, but not only has the NFL survived, but it’s thrived and is now the top organized sport in the world in terms of popularity.

The league has been the biggest sport in North America for sometime, surpassing baseball as the real National pastime for fans, and on a weekly basis fans can’t get enough of the action on and off the field from their favorite team.

There’s been a number of ups and downs, and while some mistakes have been made, there’s been a lot more right than wrong, and you can see that in the fact that teams are now very much in the billions in terms of cost.

Today we take a look at a couple of the big changes in the league over the last 100 years, and how those changes have made the NFL the league we all love.

The first change that has shaped the game is that of racial integration. Going back, segregation wasn’t outlawed in the United States until 1964, which meant that the NFL was pretty much an all-white league until that time.

Once racial integration took place, the league took off. Kenny Washington permanently broke the race barrier by signing for the Los Angeles Rams, and thankfully the game has never looked back.

It took time, but the league integrated black players from there, and another major reason for it was the fact that the AFL came along, which helped racial integration.

Speaking of which, the AFL merger which made the NFL an even stronger league is another big way the league has changed.

The American Football League was run by a bunch of upstarts, many rich guys who could not get their hands on an NFL franchise at the time.

Go back and check out the first four Super Bowls. The first two were won by the Green Bay Packers, but the last two before the leagues merged were won by the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

If Betway NFL would have been around, you could have put and won some serious coin on the underdog AFL teams that won Super Bowls III and IV.

Prior to Super Bowl IV in 1966, a deal was agreed and a 24-team league was formed with two conferences – the AFC, featuring the former AFL franchises, and the NFC, featuring the remaining NFL franchises.

A final big change to the game was that of the way that helmets have evolved over the last 100 years.

The first helmets were just pieces of leather that really didn’t protect players like they should have.

With player safety and keeping players on the field as the biggest chore for the league, they started to make the helmets both bigger and safer.

Companies like Schutt and Riddell each year unveil helmets that are safer, and more aerodynamic so players can look good and feel good.

Check out a comparison of the helmets from the 30’s to now, and you’ll be amazed.

For more breakthrough things that have changed the game over the last century, check out the infographic below!

Lutz’s 58-Yard FG Bomb Lifts the Saints to a 30-28 Opener Win Over Houston

It took all night to get there, but the Saints finally had a chance to celebrate as kicker Wil Lutz lifted the team to a wild 30-28 last play win over the Houston Texans.

The Saints had to fight all night to get the win, and found themselves down by 11 points twice, down 14-3 as well as 21-10 with 8:20 to play in the third quarter.

All night long Drew Brees and the Saints offense had to come back, and on this night they were close to losing after Deshaun Watson threw a 37-yard TD to Kenny Stills with :37 seconds left.

Brees and the Saints went five plays, going from their 25 to the Texans 40 to allow Lutz time to come in and get off the 58-yard field goal.

The key play in the final drive was a 15-yard pitch and catch to Ted Ginn, which put the Saints at their own 40.

Brees on the night threw for 370 yards and a pair of scores. Alvin Kamara rushed for 97 yards in the win.

Saints Week One Showdown with the Texans: Three Keys to a Win

The Saints will have an interesting test in week one of the NFL season on Monday, as they will play host to dynamic quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans at home.

Last season’s ending left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Saints, losing in awful fashion in the NFC Title Game to the Rams in a game many think was stolen from them due to a late no-call by the officials.

But that was then, and this is now. Oddsmakers have the Saints installed as a seven-point favorite to get off to a 1-0 start.

Here’s a couple keys for the Saints in the opener to get a win:

1. Run the Ball Effectively

While everyone will want to see the air show with Drew Brees and his wide outs, running the ball with Alvin Kamara and new RB Latavius Murray is a great way to keep the Texans offense off the field and create some momentum with the offensive line in trying to establish early tempo.

Kamara and Murray should be able to get loose a couple of times which should then open up the play action for Brees to take some shots downfield to the likes of Michael Thomas and company.

2. Keep Watson Contained

The biggest key to the Saints D will be to try to not let Deshaun Watson beat them with his legs. The Texans QB is not afraid to take off out of the pocket and run, and when he’s not doing that, he still likes to roll out of the pocket and look downfield often for the likes of De’Andre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

It will be on the Saints guys up front as well as their linebackers to make sure that Watson doesn’t get free often, but if he does, he’s going to be tough to contain.

3. Don’t Be Sloppy

Two things that can kill a team at any time are both penalties and turnovers, and the Saints have to be able to control both if they are going to walk out Monday night with a win.

To have home field is great for the opener, but the Saints can’t let themselves take a break and commit bad penalties to kill drives and extend drives for the Texans.

Same goes for turnovers, as we saw in the NFC Title game, the Saints offense has to be careful with the football, not giving the Texans short fields to play with.

If they play a clean game, the Saints should be able to get out of Monday with a win.

Saints Break the Bank for WR Michael Thomas; Five-Year Extension Worth $100 Million

The Saints have signed wide receiver Michael Thomas to a five-year, $100 million extension through 2024 according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The deal contains $61 million guaranteed and makes Thomas the league’s highest-paid wideout at $20 million per year in new money. He is actually the highest-paid non-quarterback offensive player in NFL history right now, a number that will surely soon be surpassed by whoever is next in line-Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, or a player to be named later.

It would be hard to argue that Thomas does not deserve that kind of money. Through three seasons, the 26-year-old has averaged 107 catches for 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns as the former No. 47 overall pick of the 2016 draft. Needless to say, Thomas is ending his holdout and will likely be on the practice field tomorrow morning at the latest.