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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisiana state officials have approved funding for a master plan to potentially renovate the Superdome, according to NOLA.com and the New Orleans Advocate. Officials have hired the San Francisco-based architectural firm Gensler Sports to work up a plan. They reportedly presented a target budget range of $150 million to $500 million for the makeover, which would aim to help New Orleans land more future Super Bowls and stay ahead of the curve before the current lease agreement with the Saints ends in 2025. The Saints are consulting with state officials on the project.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Some other lineup/attendance notables during Saints OTA practice Thursday: A.J. Klein started at MLB (though Manti Te'o still rehabbing). Newly-signed vet Josh LeRibeus at center in place of injured Max Unger. Senio Kelemete and Bryce Harris split time at LT while Terron Armstead watched from the side. P.J. Williams started at CB opposite Delvin Breaux. Rookie S Marcus Williams spent time with first string in three-safety alignment. DE Hau'oli Kikaha did some individual work as he rehabs from ACL. WR Willie Snead was present but did not participate. DT Nick Fairley did not appear to be in attendance. Undrafted former Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas lined up as a WR.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Ingram did not participate in Thursday's OTA practice because of an unspecified injury issue, though he watched from the sideline. That meant Adrian Peterson handled the bulk of the Saints' first-string RB snaps. He and backup QB Chase Daniel fumbled one exchange during full-team drills. But he also looked fluid catching several passes from Drew Brees in team and 7-on-7 drills during a nickel-heavy practice session. Sean Payton said Peterson has been moving around well.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints players had black 96 decals on their helmets and Sean Payton had a 96 drawn on his visor in honor of late Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy during Thursday's OTA practice session. Kennedy, a close friend of Saints GM Mickey Loomis, spent the past several years around the team as an informal consultant.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson was invited to attend New Orleans' first day of OTA practice and meetings on Tuesday (photo via the Saints' Twitter account). The 15-year-old was recently released from the Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans after having a long-awaited liver transplant late last month.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints Hall of Famer Jonathan Vilma said he was out at practice Tuesday and liked the body language and attitude he saw. When I asked if his old role of middle linebacker and "quarterback" of the defense should be a top priority for the team, Vilma smiled and said, "It better be." The Saints will likely have their fifth new starter there in four seasons. But Vilma said he likes the volume of candidates they have, including newcomers A.J. Klein and Manti Te'o.

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Saints' best acquisition: Marshon Lattimore

The Saints drafting Lattimore at No. 11 wasn't the biggest splash of their offseason, but it could prove to be the best long-term game-changer.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A pretty awesome Saints Hall of Fame class being announced -- two of the greatest forces behind their Super Bowl win, LB Jonathan Vilma and G Carl Nicks, plus longtime Saints do-everything employee Jay Romig.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints re-signed veteran offensive tackle Bryce Harris, who was a backup with them from 2012-2014. He has spent time with the Falcons, Jaguars and Dolphins since then, and he recently tried out during New Orleans' rookie minicamp. To make room, the Saints released DB Forrest Hightower, whom they signed from the CFL earlier this year.

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Saints, Bucs headed in opposite directions in NFC South (1:51)

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Forty of the top NFL rookies from the 2017 NFL Draft learned about the business of football today at the 23rd annual NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Rookie Premiere, presented by Panini America, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will continue through Saturday (May 18-20).

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Brees: Likely wouldn't tell wife of concussion

Drew Brees said he probably wouldn't even tell his wife if he had a concussion and that the idea of self-reporting them is a "gray area" for the NFL.

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Brees excited to work with Peterson (0:50)
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Brees on how Adrian Peterson changes Saints

Saints QB Drew Brees discusses New Orleans' acquisition of Adrian Peterson, how Peterson will change his team's offense, his future in the NFL and more.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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