Saints tight end Graham says ‘I want to do everything’ to help make up for the loss of Brandin Cooks

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints tight end Jimmy Graham runs away from San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite after a catch on Nov. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Jimmy Graham realizes this isn’t possible, but the star New Orleans Saints tight end has always thought he should be targeted on every offensive play. That’s why he doesn’t believe losing rookie receiver and teammate Brandin Cooks for the six games remaining on New Orleans’ schedule this year is reason for him switch up the mindset he… Continue reading →

Now the senior member of the safety corps, Kenny Vaccaro is ready for the Saints to lean on him

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) goes for a waist-high arm tackle, failing to stop Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32), who ran right through it, during the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lost 27-10.

As Kenny Vaccaro positions himself in the box and sets up, he surveys the offense. It’s second-and-18, and the Saints are trailing 20-10 with 13:53 remaining in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but whatever the New Orleans safety is looking at needs to be adjusted. He immediately gestures. First, he waves to the left… Continue reading →

Pierre Warren back in fold with Saints

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints S Pierre Warren (42) returns a fumble as CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (33) and CB Kevin Wade (30) watch during Saints training camp practice Monday morning in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

It’s odd to hear Pierre Warren talk about how his days came to an end in New Orleans back in September. The reasons for his release were made clear. Though New Orleans thought Warren was talented, it was stacked at safety and did not need additional depth at the position. So, with greater needs at other spots… Continue reading →

Back in his hometown, Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones has the Saints’ attention

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

For Baltimore Ravens return specialist Jacoby Jones, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will always be a part of him. It’s where the Saints, who represent his hometown of New Orleans, play their home games. And it’s where the eight-year veteran scored two touchdowns — one on a 108-yard kickoff return — to help the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII in… Continue reading →

Video: Buckle up your chinstraps, the Baltimore Ravens are coming to New Orleans to play the Saints on Monday

Associated Press photo by GAIL BURTONRunning back Trent Richardson carries the ball during last week's game against the Ravens in Baltimore. On Wednesday, the Browns traded Richardson to the Colts for a first-round draft pick.

The New Orleans Saints are bracing for a hard-hitting game on Monday when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens, who have long had a reputation for having one of the NFL's most physical teams, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints chat with Advocate sportswriter Ramon Antonio Vargas, Friday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) makes a touchdown catch from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lost 27-10.

What's going on with the Saints as they prepare for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? Ask Advocate sportswriter Ramon Antonio Vargas in this chat on Friday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the offense will miss injured receiver Brandin Cooks, but will not change

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks fumbles while being tackled by Cincinnati's Jayson DiManche, right, James Wright, back, and Darqueze Dennard on a punt return Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cooks walked off the field after the play clutching is right arm above his wrist and had surgery Monday to repair a fractured thumb. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

Drew Brees scoffed at the notion. Those outside of the locker room and team meetings expect the Saints offense to change now that Brandin Cooks will miss the rest the season. He’s a unique talent who can do unique things. But those in practices and the meeting rooms do not see it as an issue. It’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints fan Tony Williams and Cincinnati Bengals fan Christa Barrett make up over coffee and beignets

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) tosses a football to a female Bengals fan after scorning a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.  The Saints fan left of her took the football from her and refused to give it back. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

New Orleans Saints fan Tony Williams and Cincinnati Bengals fan Christa Barrett, the two figures behind a ball-snatching incident during last Sunday's Bengals-Saints game that captured the attention of the nation, had a friendly sit down over coffee and beignets in an effort to put the incident behind them. The get together between Williams,… Continue reading →

Thomas jumping for joy over return

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Saints running back Pierre Thomas

After strolling into the locker room at Saints headquarters on Thursday to meet with reporters for the first time since sustaining a rib and shoulder injury that’s sidelined him for his team’s previous four games, veteran running back Pierre Thomas bounced on his feet excitedly and flashed a broad smile. One media member asked Thomas whether his… Continue reading →

Video: Saints running back Pierre Thomas is coy about his chances of playing against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The only thing Saints running back Pierre Thomas said on Thursday was that he feels much better after missing four games with rib and shoulder injuries, but he would not comment when asked if he was going to be able to play in New Orleans' game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Click here to see… Continue reading →

Video: Can the New Orleans Saints stop the Baltimore Ravens from having a good Monday night in the dome?

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) reacts to running back Justin Forsett's touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In this week's "Advocate's Saints One Minute Scouting Report," Advocate sportswriter Nick Underhill previews Monday's Saints-Ravens games and talks about the key players for Baltimore. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees is comfortable with the team's receiving corps despite injuries

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Rookie receiver Brandin Cooks is out for the season with a broken thumb. Veteran receiver Robert Meachem is limited with an ankle injury. But despite their injuries, Saints quarterback Drew Brees feels comfortable with the team's receiving corps going into the Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Taste test: Grubbs recalls experience as Raven

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9), protected by New Orleans Saints guard Ben Grubbs (66), passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints left guard Ben Grubbs enjoyed his first five NFL seasons in Baltimore, but not so much the steamed blue crabs. The city is known for its crab houses, fueled by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and thousands of mallets. Grubbs wasn’t impressed. “When I first got there (in 2007), (Ravens… Continue reading →

Alfred Blue carries RB load for Texans with Foster out

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) fights for yardage against Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

HOUSTON — Alfred Blue didn’t spend any time feeling sorry for himself when he didn’t hear his name called until the sixth round of this year’s NFL draft. Houston’s rookie running back had long heard a familiar refrain from coaches that helped him navigate what would have been a disappointing time for many players.… Continue reading →

Cornerback Keenan Lewis did not participate in the New Orleans Saints' Thursday’s practice

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) pulls in a touchdown reception as New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) defends in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. THe Bengals won 27-10. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

The extra day of rest the Saints enjoyed this week apparently did the team few favors in the health department. Five members of the Saints, including running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), linebackers Curtis Lofton (ankle) and Kyle Knox (hand), cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee), and running back Khiry Robinson (forearm), were unable to take part in Thursday’s practice.… Continue reading →

Ravens’ Joe Flacco ready to test Saints secondary

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

In a way, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is a lot like many people in New Orleans. The seven-year veteran isn’t sure how the Saints defense will adjust to placing free safety Rafael Bush on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after he fractured his right fibula in a game two days earlier. All he knows is he will… Continue reading →

Former Saints player Steve Gleason is working on builiding the biggest ALS research project ever

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Steve Gleason enters the stage before the Foo Fighters performance to welcome everyone at the 2014 Voodoo Festival at City Park in New Orleans on November 2, 2014.

. In a story by Emily Kaplan on SI.com, former Saints player Steve Gleason talks about building the biggest ALS research project ever and his fourth year of life with the disease. Gleason, who speaks through eye-tracking software through his computer, has given fund-raising speeches to increase money to battle the disease and… Continue reading →

Saints sign rookie punt returner/receiver Jalen Saunders from the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad

A day after placing rookie receiver/punt returner Brandin Cooks on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured thumb, the Saints on Wednesday signed rookie former fourth-round draft choice Jalen Saunders to the 53-man roster, according to reports from ESPN and The Baltimore Sun. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Video: Saints coach Sean Payton praises the way Baltimore Ravens have played through tough times this season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton argues a call with line judge Rusty Baynes (59) and field judge John Jenkins (117) in a NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

The Ray Rice suspension by the NFL and the controversy of the hotel videotape of him hitting his wife. Injures. Tough losses. The Baltimore Ravens have faced a lot of storms this season, but the team has managed a 6-4 record. Saints coach Sean Payton says the Baltimore Ravens are an organization that has put together the right… Continue reading →

Ravens’ secondary braces for Drew Brees, Saints

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, right, pushes off Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) ORG XMIT: PBS104

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens’ retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans. Brees leads a New Orleans offense that continues to be one of the league’s best. This year, he has… Continue reading →

Ex-Saints kicker Morten Andersen, former LSU standout Kevin Mawae among Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Morten Andersen, a former New Orleans Saints kicker,  talks during an interview at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

Ex-Saints kicker Morten Andersen and former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae landed among 26 “modern era” semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 late Wednesday. The list left off several nominees of local interest, such as former Saints linebacker Sam Mills, running back/kick returner/punt returner Brian Mitchell of Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans native and… Continue reading →

Saints place Brandin Cooks, Rafael Bush on injured reserve

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks hauls in a pass against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones during the fourth quarter Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Brandin Cooks’ rookie season is over. In a series of roster moves, the Saints placed the wide receiver on injured reserve after suffering a broken thumb during Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The team also placed safety Rafael Bush on injured reserve with a broken fibula, waived running back Edwin Baker, and… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints, though in a giving mood, ready to get a boost from Pierre Warren, Jamarca Sanford

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Christine Meyer kisses Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton on Tuesday at Winn-Dixie in Metairie where fans got a chance to meet and greet Saints players, Saintsations, and mascots to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Lofton said he thinks safety Pierre Warren, who was with the team in training camp, ‘will get up to speed’ quickly.

You may remember rookie Pierre Warren from the New Orleans Saints’ training camp and 2014 preseason. You may not have heard of Jamarca Sanford, a sixth-year NFL veteran who last week signed with the Saints. Moving forward, you’re going to hear a lot more about one of them — if not both.… Continue reading →

As expected, the Saints graded out poorly in loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green cuts between Saints defensive back A.J. Davis, left, and free safety Rafael Bush during the Bengals' 27-10 win Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints were unable to stop the Bengals in critical situations.

It was probably the most confounding moment of the game, but it foreshadowed the failures that would eventually sink the Saints against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. The play occurred with 7:59 remaining in the second quarter, with the Bengals needing 2 yards on third down. Cincinnati came out in 11 personnel (three receivers, one… Continue reading →

Week 12: Ravens at Saints first look

Associated Press photo by Patrick Semansky -- Ravens receiver Steve Smith has 49 catches for 728 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Saints are very familar with Smith, who played for NFC South rival Carolina from 2001-'13. In those 24 games, he caught 99 passes for 1,493 yards and 10 touchdowns.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Monday WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome TV: ESPN RADIO: WWL-AM, 870 in New Orleans; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette RECORDS: Ravens are 6-4; Saints are 4-6. LAST WEEK: Baltimore was enjoying their off week, giving them… Continue reading →

Saints fan Tony Williams who snatched ball away from Bengals fan Christa Barrett: It was fair game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Saints fan at the left hijacked a touchdown football which a player tried to hand to the woman at right as the New Orleans Saints faced the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Tony Williams said Monday morning he kept it for his eight-year-old grandson, who plays football. Continue reading →

Saints’ Brandin Cooks out 4-6 weeks after surgery to repair broken thumb

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks fumbles while being tackled by Cincinnati's Jayson DiManche, right, James Wright, back, and Darqueze Dennard on a punt return Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cooks walked off the field after the play clutching is right arm above his wrist and had surgery Monday to repair a fractured thumb. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

As if to prove things can always be worse, Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks had surgery to repair a thumb he fractured in Sunday’s 27-10 loss to Cincinnati at home, and doctors estimate it could be between four and six weeks before he’s back in action, the player’s agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced Monday on Twitter. Cooks’ verified… Continue reading →

Lewis: Dismal weather matches dismal mood around Saints camp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs away from a pack of Cincinnati Bengals in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Monday morning dawned cold, wet and windy. A perfect mood-setter after the dismal performance of the Saints the day before. The kind of “Blue Monday” Fats Domino sang about. Two weeks ago, the Saints were 4-4 and back in the Super Bowl conversion. Now they’re 4-6, and all anybody wants to talk about is the guy… Continue reading →

Notebook: Marcus Ball may get start at safety

Cincinnati Bengals returner Adam Jones (24) leaps over New Orleans Saints defensive back Marcus Ball (36) on a punt return in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Marcus Ball’s most noticeable play against Cincinnati on Sunday was an offside penalty that turned a third-and-6 into a third-and-1 when he blitzed too early. He could be noticed more often next Monday against Baltimore because he might be starting. Regular starting free safety Rafael Bush fractured his right fibula in the fourth quarter Sunday and could be… Continue reading →

Video: The New Orleans Saints suffer their most disheartening loss of the season so far to Cincinnati Bengals

New Orleans Saints fan Larry Rolling holds a sign reflecting the sentiment of many Saints fans in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Bengals won 27-10. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Advocate sportswriters Ramon Antonio Vargas and Nick Underhill review the Saints' 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Saints’ frustration reaches new high after 27-10 loss to the Bengals

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Larry Rolling reflected the frustration of Saints fans during their loss to the Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Kenny Vaccaro sat down Saturday night and started watching all of the defensive plays from his rookie season. Then he watched all of the plays from this season. And then he watched the Cincinnati Bengals offense. The safety was up late — maybe even too late, considering the New Orleans Saints played the Bengals on… Continue reading →

Lewis: What an uninspired performance from your first-place (for now) Saints

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) and New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lost 27-10.

Ladies and gentlemen, your first-place New Orleans Saints. That’s about the only good thing left that can be said about this team after Sunday’s 27-10 loss to Cincinnati on Hall of Fame Day in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a performance that ranks among the most uninspired, home or away, of the Sean Payton… Continue reading →

Video: Saints running back Mark Ingram says team beat in all phases of the game by Cincinnati

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) fumbles but then recovers the ball at the Cincinnati Bengals one yard line in the second quarter as Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) tries to grab it  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Saints running back Mark Ingram said "the players have to do better" after the team was defeated by the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints QB Drew Brees says 'none of us are happy' being 4-6

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team can't espcape its reality of being a 4-6 team after its 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Former LSU star Jeremy Hill helps carry Bengals over struggling Saints

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill sprints past the Saints defense for a 62-yard run during the second quarter, setting up a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to extend their lead 13-3..

On Sunday, NFL rookie running back Jeremy Hill ran like a Bengal Tiger. The former LSU running back from Baton Rouge accounted for 165 yards from scrimmage to help the Cincinnati Bengals overpower the slumping New Orleans Saints 27-10 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Hill rushed for a career-high 152 yards on 27 carries and caught one… Continue reading →

Saints’ already thin safety corps dealt another blow after Rafael Bush breaks leg in loss to Bengals

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) is carted off the field with a leg injury in the fourth quarter in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Saints safety Rafael Bush realized the chances of a comeback couldn’t have been slimmer. His team trailed by the score it ultimately lost by: 27-10. And there were fewer than five minutes left in the game against the Bengals on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Nonetheless, when he had the chance to help tackle… Continue reading →

Mark Ingram’s hot stretch for the Saints ends against a suddenly stout Bengals run defense

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) fumbles but then recovers the ball at the Cincinnati Bengals one yard line in the second quarter as Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) tries to grab it  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Mark Ingram’s streak of rushing heroics is over after three games. A week after becoming the first New Orleans Saints running back since 2003 with three consecutive 100-yard outings, Ingram on Sunday took a step backwards — literally — against Cincinnati’s 31st-ranked run defense, which outperformed its former performances to push and shove him… Continue reading →

Saints offense fizzles after first possession

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) and New Orleans Saints free safety Rafael Bush (25) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lost 27-10.

When New Orleans converted three consecutive third downs to move to the Cincinnati 19 on its opening possession Sunday, no one in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome knew what was coming. As it turned out, almost nothing was coming from the Saints offense in an embarrassing 27-10 loss that tied for the most lopsided home defeat under coach Sean… Continue reading →

Bengals at Saints: Instant replay

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT... Sunday’s game was proof that the Saints’ invincibility in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is over. The team lacked the intensity needed from the start to re-energize its fan base. If fans weren’t booing, they were silent, which is never good for a home team. The team’s killer home schedule is coming… Continue reading →

Saints-Bengals Three and Out

1 WHAT WE LEARNED The NFL is a week-to-week league. Cincinnati looked absolutely awful in its last outing, a 27-3 Thursday night home-field loss to Cleveland. But on Sunday, the Bengals played like the team that’s made the playoffs for the last three years They came into a hostile building and dominated from their first… Continue reading →

Saints honor Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, in Sunday's game

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still (75) greets New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to thank him for purchasing $10,000 worth of Still's jersey for pediatric cancer for Still's daughter Leah who is battling cancer in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

The New Orleans Saints took a moment after the first quarter to recognize Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, whose daughter Leah is battling pediatric cancer in a cause that has captured the heart of the nation. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Photos: Saints take on Bengals

Advocate Staff Photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- Saints Joker, Scott McCowan, issues a formal apology to Jimmy Graham after last week's groping incident, before the Saints vs Bengals game at the Superdome on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Saints face the Bengals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday, November 16, 2014… Continue reading →

Live updates during the Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints game

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) beats the New Orleans Saints for a 62-yard run during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The play set up a Bengals 42-yard field goal to extend their lead 13-3 with no time left before half.

Get live updates from The Advocate's sports staff during the Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints game on Sunday at 12 p.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Black and Gold blog: Report says NFL looking into whether Saints 'illegally stashed' player

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) warms up in pink shoes for Breast Cancer Awareness month in a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

The NFL reportedly is investigating whether the Saints violated league rules after released player Todd Davis continued to attend meetings and be treated as a member of the team. See the full story here.… Continue reading →