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Saints sticking with what they have at LB

6/9/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Don't count on Derrick Brooks landing with the New Orleans Saints. Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday the Saints likely will stick with what they have at linebacker.

After Monday's retirement by Dan Morgan, Payton was asked if the Saints would pursue any veteran linebackers.

"I don't think so,'' Payton said. "Right now we feel pretty comfortable with the group. We had 10 and now we have nine. Nine is what we go to training camp with. Barring something unforeseen arising, I don't think so."

Morgan had been expected to compete with Scott Shanle for the starting job on the weak side. With Morgan gone, the Saints will take a look at veteran Mark Simoneau at that position.

"(Simoneau) has flexibility, starting at Mike and also being able to play Will,'' Payton said. "I think you're going to see him compete for snaps not only in the base, but also in the nickel. He's probably about 90% now off of surgery and coming back well. That's a positive. He was playing real well prior to getting hurt at the end of training camp last year."