Monday, November 20, 2017
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Saints lose two key players for the season

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METAIRIE, La. — The Saints announced receiver Joe Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman will miss the entire season with injuries.

Morgan, New Orleans' top deep threat, hurt his left knee during Saturday's scrimmage and on Wednesday was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL. Coleman, among its top run-stoppers, left practice Tuesday and on Wednesday was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle.

"Obviously, they are losses," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We have to find some guys to step up and take their spot."

Last season, his second, Morgan caught just 10 passes but for 379 yards and three touchdowns. During the offseason, the Saints allowed Devery Henderson to leave via free agency, making Morgan the No. 3 behind Lance Moore and Marques Colston.

"You see how hard he has worked this offseason and you see how much he has improved and just how much he's gaining that confidence," New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. "Then all of a sudden, that's taken away."

Earlier this week, the Saints signed Steve Breaston, who has 255 catches and nine touchdowns over six seasons.

Coleman was entering his 12th season after spending the past two with new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas. The 6-foot-5, 293-pounder played only five games last season because of a torn triceps.

"Good player, good teammate, good guy, a lot of knowledge," said right tackle Zach Strief, who faced Coleman in practice. "He's helped me a lot in this camp just understanding how 3-4 guys play."

The Saints' backups include Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks and Tom Johnson.

Bears: Kelvin Hayden, the third cornerback in passing situations, is out for the season with a torn left hamstring. Second-year player Isaiah Frey will replace him.

Browns: Running back Trent Richardson (right shin) will sit out tonight against the Rams as a precaution.

Chargers: Starting receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring) won't play tonight against the Seahawks.

Cowboys: Right guard Brandon Moore retired a day after agreeing to a deal. "He decided when he woke up this morning that he didn't want to play football anymore," coach Jason Garrett said. Moore, 33, spent all 10 of his seasons with the Jets and started 16 games each of the past eight.

Dolphins: Receiver Mike Wallace practiced after missing a week with a groin injury and expects to play Friday against the Jaguars.

Giants: Defensive end Justin Tuck sat with a tight back, and his status for Friday against the Steelers hasn't been determined.

Raiders: Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson, who is expected to be the backup on the right side, left his first practice of camp after two drills when he aggravated his strained left calf. The team has not determined how long the second-round pick will be out.

Seahawks: Receiver Early Doucet was released. Doucet, released by Arizona in March after five seasons there, signed last weekend and practiced Sunday but not Monday and Tuesday. The league's transaction report labeled Doucet's release as a terminated contract for "failing to disclose a physical condition." But the team did not disclose details. … Guard James Carpenter (sprained foot) and defensive end Bruce Irvin (groin) will sit out tonight against the Chargers as a precaution.

Duper charges dropped: Prosecutors in Jacksonville dropped child abuse charges against ex-Dolphins receiver Mark Duper. They said the facts of the case did not warrant taking it to trial. Duper, 54, was accused of punching, body-slamming and choking his 17-year-old son in March.

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