Monday, December 18, 2017
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Saints find solace back on field

CANTON, Ohio — Drew Brees led New Orleans to a touchdown on his only series Sunday, and the Saints beat the Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame Game, officiated by a crew with college experience.

Brees was sharp, completing 4 of 5 passes for 41 yards on the 10-play drive. Brees skipped offseason workouts and minicamp because he was unhappy getting the franchise tag. He later agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal.

The win completed a good weekend for the Saints, whose offseason was marred by the bounty scandal. Former Saints tackle Willie Roaf was part of the six-man class inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb threw an interception and left with bruised ribs, damaging his chances of winning the starting job. Kolb was tackled hard as he let go of a pass for his only completion in three series. Kolb, who was 1-for-4 for 4 yards, is competing against John Skelton.

"You never want to have an injury in the preseason, especially an early game like this, having to play that fifth preseason game," said Skelton, who was 4-for-6 for 32 yards. "But he will be okay."

Regular officials are locked out in a labor dispute with the league. Referee Craig Ochoa flipped the coin to start the game, then incorrectly announced New Orleans had won the toss and deferred. He caught his mistake as he started to walk away. "Correction, Arizona won the coin toss." The officials had trouble spotting the ball after a punt that involved a penalty, repeatedly moving the ball after talks.

Seahawks cut ex-Buc

Receiver Antonio Bryant, who last played a regular-season game in 2009 for the Bucs, was released by the Seahawks.

Bryant, 31, had signed with Seattle in July after a minicamp tryout. He has been suffering from hamstring issues since early in training camp, and the team had signed veteran receiver Braylon Edwards last week.

After catching 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008 for Tampa Bay, Bryant's 2009 production fell off and he was released.

He signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bengals before the 2010 season but never played a down as he injured a knee and was cut after camp.

Lions' Avril reports: Defensive end Cliff Avril signed his tender and reported to camp after missing more than a week of practice. He will earn $10.6 million this season as a franchise-tagged player.

Bears: Receiver Devin Thomas, saying he wants to mentor kids, announced his retirement at age 25. … Linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss Thursday's exhibition with a sore left knee, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Bengals: Former UF defensive end Derrick Harvey, who signed as a free agent, was released.

Cowboys: Receiver Miles Austin, who missed six games last season, has hamstring issues again. Coach Jason Garrett said Austin will miss at least a few days and maybe a week..

Steelers: A day after a teammate stepped on his left foot, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger skipped practice with a bruised foot and is day to day.

Vikings: Rookie receiver Greg Childs, who landed awkwardly leaping for a pass Saturday, is expected to have surgery soon after tearing the patella tendon in both knees, ESPN.com reported.

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