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9-4, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas said he will start wearing a visor after suffering a nasty poke to the eye that briefly sidelined him during last Thursday's loss at Atlanta. “It's crazy that I made it this far without getting this injury and not wearing a visor,” said Thomas, who said doctors were surprised nothing more serious happened. “So it's just a blessing, and I appreciate it and learned my lesson.”

Thomas plans to finish his career among the greats (0:33)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas said he plans to finish his career among the all-time greats. But he's not too concerned with any lack of notoriety in Year 2.

Kamara understood Saints' decision to remove him (0:21)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Alvin Kamara said he understood the decision to take him out of last week's loss at Atlanta with a concussion. But he said it was hard for him (and apparently his fantasy owners) to miss most of the game after he was off to a hot start.

Saints to win both Offensive, Defensive Rookies of the Year? (0:28)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Alvin Kamara practiced fully again Thursday as all signs point to him returning from his concussion Sunday against the Jets. And WR Ted Ginn Jr. returned to practice on a limited basis with his rib injury Thursday, giving him a potential chance to play. But LB A.J. Klein (groin) and DE Trey Hendrickson (ankle) remained out of practice, leaving their status in doubt.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton was also asked for the first time about the Saints' decision to place TE Coby Fleener on injured reserve with a concussion last week. Payton said Fleener had also had a concussion during the preseason, and “this one seemed to linger a bit longer.” So the decision was made based on “our evaluation of the symptoms and hearing from the outside experts” and considering how much time is left in the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday morning that “we all anticipate (RB Alvin Kamara) playing. That's the expectation.” It's unclear if Kamara has officially passed the final step of the NFL's concussion protocol after going through a full practice Wednesday, but he appears to be on track either way. Payton said he will practice again Thursday.

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1dMike Triplett

Kamara returns to full practice, to play Sunday

Saints running back Alvin Kamara returned to full practice participation Wednesday and told reporters he is 'good to go' for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Kamara has to pass all steps in order to get clearance through the concussion protocol.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Michael Mauti was chosen by teammates as the Saints' 2017 Ed Block Courage Award winner after his remarkable comeback from ulcerative colitis. Mauti, 27, left the team last November to aggressively treat the inflammatory bowel disease that had plagued him for years. He underwent three surgeries and lost more than 50 pounds. But he returned in time for training camp, didn't make the team initially, then re-signed in October. He has returned to his role as a core special teams player and a fill-in starter with eight tackles and a forced fumble in eight games played.

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2dMike Triplett

Fan sues Saints over protests during anthem

A Saints season-ticket holder has filed a lawsuit against the team, saying he never would have bought the tickets if he had known that players would "use Saints football games as a platform for protests."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints signed veteran DE George Johnson, according to ESPN's Field Yates. He should add depth in the wake of rookie Trey Hendrickson's ankle injury, along with DT/DE Sheldon Rankins, DT David Onyemata and DE Hau'oli Kikaha, among other options. Johnson, 30, has appeared in 42 career games with five career starts for the Buccaneers, Vikings and Lions. The 6-4, 265-pounder has six career sacks and two forced fumbles. To make room, the Saints released on-again/off-again OT Bryce Harris.

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3dKevin Seifert

NFL warns teams: Abuse officials, get punished

On Monday, the NFL issued a memo to its teams warning that "significant discipline" will be levied for offensive conduct or contact against game officials. Three players have been ejected this season for making contact with officials.

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3dMike Triplett

Saints RB Kamara expects to be back Sunday

Saints running back Alvin Kamara is still in the concussion protocol, but the rookie sensation said he expects to be back for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart had blunt responses Monday to criticism from Saints coach Sean Payton. Asked about Payton's displeasure that the league has hired Mike Cerullo, a Bountygate whistle-blower, Lockart said, "He's entitled to his opinion." Asked about Payton's complaints about officiating last Thursday night, Lockhart said: "I think everyone is aware of the rules that are in place on public criticism of our officials, and those who need to be reminded occasionally are reminded."

Team Stats

Passing Yards265.25th
Rushing Yards135.54th
Points For28.53rd
Points Against20.211th