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Saints GM: Brees contract talks not a distraction

While Mickey Loomis expressed disappointment over the fact New Orleans has yet to work out a long-term contract extension with QB Drew Brees, the Saints GM "[doesn't] see it being a distraction."

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints GM Mickey Loomis confirms there has been no progress in Drew Brees contract talks, says he's available anytime they want to talk. But he said he's not concerned it will be a distraction and players have played out their final year before -- including Brees last time around.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Saints didn't want to force an edge rusher if they didn't find the right fit this offseason, and they like the guys they have. Said no one new is gonna show up next week and make them say, "He's arrived!"

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton cracks a joke about the small plane required to fly directly into Saints' training camp location in West Virginia: "They're called Silver Airlines because you get gray hair if you fly too much."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton is stressing the need for Saints to get off to a better start this year – and stressing the need to increase competition all offseason long. Said it will even be important to win preseason games. Even said he felt like the group of players working on the park today did a better job than the group working on the house. Said you judge all of that, see who's got the sweatiest shirts.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said he doesn't expect LT Terron Armstead, CB Keenan Lewis to be out long with injuries that landed them on PUP list. Said S Jairus Byrd passed his physical and "has had a real good summer" of rehab.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday's trip to aid West Virginia flood recovery at a local park replaced the usual conditioning test. "That was it," he said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A unique team photo with the Saints and the people from Lowe's after an afternoon of hard work in West Virginia.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton among Saints who took time out to meet West Virginia family devastated by the recent flooding.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Team effort as Saints assist cleanup at West Virginia park damaged by recent flooding. Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, no team can appreciate what this community went through more.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees, Brandin Cooks, Sean Payton digging in as entire Saints team lends a hand at West Virginia park damaged by recent flooding.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

On their first full day in West Virginia, the Saints are diving into the community to help replenish a park damaged in the recent flooding. Drew Brees calls dibs on the sledgehammer.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints placed veteran WR Vincent Brown on injured reserve with an unspecified injury. Brown, 27, signed with the Saints in May. He was no lock to make the roster, but he was the only veteran in the receiving corps. Now, 22-year-old Brandin Cooks is the most experienced WR on the team. The injury was also another tough break for Brown, whose career with the Chargers, Colts and Raiders has been plagued by injuries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Source says Saints LT Terron Armstead's injury is soft tissue, should return within a couple weeks.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints will start training camp with four players on the physically-unable-to-perform list: LT Terron Armstead, CB Keenan Lewis, DE Hau'oli Kikaha, WR Vincent Brown. Armstead's injury is unknown, but a source indicated it's not significant. Lewis said the other day that he is recovered from last year's hip injury but may be limited early in camp as a precaution. Kikaha is expected to miss all or most of the year with an ACL injury. Brown's injury is unknown. First practice is Thursday.

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Keenan Lewis' recovery will be crucial

The Saints' defense was a lost cause in 2015, but having more of Lewis sure would have helped. New Orleans will hope he's healthy after he played in just six games (zero starts) due to a hip injury. Injury questions

Team Stats

Passing Yards310.61st
Rushing Yards93.224th
Points For25.58th
Points Against29.832nd

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