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News » New Orleans Saints Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15


New Orleans Saints Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15


New Orleans Saints Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--The Saints have already lost one member of their four-man draft class as outside linebacker Stanley Arnoux, one of two fourth-round picks, ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in his first rookie minicamp practice on May 8.


Arnoux, a 6-foot, 232-pounder, underwent surgery on May 11 and is expected to miss the entire season although the Saints gave no recovery timetable when announcing his injury. Typically, it takes about nine months to rehab from such an injury.

Arnoux, who played alongside Aaron Curry at Wake Forest, apparently suffered the injury while running to the ball during a practice held outdoors on the natural grass surface at the Saints training facility. He was expected to compete for playing time at weak-side linebacker and on special teams.

Arnoux was the 188th overall pick in the draft after running the second-fastest 40-yard time among all linebackers with a 4.61 at the combine. He was taken by the Saints just two picks after the team took another of his Wake Forest teammates, safety Chip Vaughn, with the 116th selection.

--Following their rookie minicamp last weekend, the Saints made several roster moves involving undrafted free agents.

The Saints signed four new players -- University of Sioux Falls guard Shawn Flanagan, Louisville defensive tackle Earl Heyman, Northern Illinois wide receiver Matthew Simon and Mississippi State tackle Michael Brown.

All four signees attended the Saints' three-day minicamp as tryout players and impressed the coaches enough to get a longer look during the first week of organized team activities next week.

Saints coach Sean Payton said the four "really showed us enough in a short period of time to at least go to training camp with us."

To make room on the 80-man roster for them, the Saints released guard Cedrick Dockery, tackle Sam McNaulty and wide receiver Chris Vaughn. All three had signed free-agent contracts after the draft last month.

--Another undrafted free agent, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, was held out of the minicamp work because of a pre-existing knee injury.

Payton said he expects Casillas, who was having an MRI exam, to return for the team's full-squad minicamp scheduled for June 5-7 if the knee checks out.

Casillas played his college ball at Wisconsin.

--The Saints will begin their organized team activities, a series of 12 on-field coaching sessions, on May 19.

They'll work four times that week, then resume their off-season conditioning program that started in mid-March for a week before holding their full-squad minicamp in early June.

After that, they will wrap up their offseason activities with two more weeks of OTAs comprised of eight practice sessions.

--Saints cornerback/safety Usama Young recently spent a week as a guest teacher in Greater New Orleans schools as part of Teach for America Week.

Young, a three-year veteran, joined local leaders and citizens who work together as guest teachers to help underserved students. Guest teachers spend time in Teach For America corps member classrooms teaching lessons that connect the curriculum to real life.

Teach For America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He wants smart players who are tough. If you're going to loaf or not play hard or make a bunch of mistakes, then he doesn't want you on his team." -- Saints rookie CB Malcolm Jenkins, on his first impressions of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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