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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Chargers head coach Norv Turner, along with Norm Chow -- who coached Philip Rivers at North Carolina State -- were on hand at today's joint practice between the Chargers and Saints. Turner served as Brees' offensive coordinator for the Chargers his rookie season in 2001 and is a neighbor of his in Del Mar. "They're both ready to go," Turner said. "And to me, I'd expect both of them to have big years."

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Brees on Chargers' move: 'Seems to be a business decision' (0:55)
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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who played his first five seasons in the NFL with the Chargers and still resides north of the city in Del Mar, had this to say about the Chargers moving to Los Angeles: "It's still Southern California. I think it seemed to be a business decision obviously as you move up here. I mean we're not in L.A., right? We're in Orange County, really."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon and New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson talk after practice. Gordon has trained with Peterson in his hometown of Houston during the offseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on the Saints' offensive struggles during their first joint practice with the Chargers in L.A.: "I didn't think we were real sharp today. We'll go and look at the tape, and as their always is, there's always things you want to correct and work on. But just the way that it felt, it didn't really feel like we had a whole lot of tempo or rhythm. Just didn't feel like it was real sharp." ... Based on reporters' practice observations, the Saints offense struggled a bit in all phases in early team drills, from protection issues to receivers not getting open to Brees throwing a pick-6 to rookie defensive back Desmond King on a tipped pass. But the offense cleaned up its act a bit as practice went on, with running backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram each having a highlight play or two.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Former teammates Jerry Attaochu and Manti Te'o pose for a photo after practice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he doesn't know yet if he'll play in the preseason this year. "I'll talk with Coach when that time comes," Peterson said. "And if they say, ‘Hey, we're rolling,' we're rolling.' If not, it is what it is." Chances are, if Peterson and Saints veterans like Drew Brees and Mark Ingram play in the preseason, it won't come until Week 3. But there is a good chance Peterson will make at least a cameo appearance with his new team – even though he hasn't played in the preseason since 2013 and hasn't touched the ball since 2011.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Full house here for Chargers-Saints joint practice. Plenty of Saints fans.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees getting warmed up for joint practice with Chargers.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is expected to make his preseason debut Sunday at the Chargers, according to Sean Payton, though he might be limited. Lattimore returned to full-team drills for the first time Wednesday since suffering a minor knee injury two weeks ago. ... Saints receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and CB Sterling Moore were absent from Wednesday's practice for unspecified reasons. Center Max Unger was present but has not participated in practice drills yet.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton confirmed that the Saints have fired their team orthopedists and that CB Delvin Breaux will have surgery to repair a fracture in his fibula that initially wasn't diagnosed. Breaux is expected to miss six weeks. Payton said he had a talk with the team about the decision and said everyone from coaches to players wants the same thing -- accountability. Payton also acknowledged that he was pushing Breaux to get back on the field, and he said Breaux has worked diligently and wants to be back as well. He said they haven't talked yet since the news of his new diagnosis but will soon. Payton also said the Saints will work with the Chargers orthopedists during their joint practices this week in Los Angeles before hiring temporary replacements.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One recent example of a Saints player complaining of a misdiagnosis that comes to mind is cornerback Keenan Lewis, who also publicly complained of feeling pressured to return from a hip injury last summer before he was released – with coach Sean Payton pointing to his availability as the main reason. Lewis also felt his injury was worse than the team doctors were telling him, and he failed a physical with the Pittsburgh Steelers soon after. Lewis has not returned to the NFL and has since filed an injury grievance over the issue.

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Breaux misdiagnosis led New Orleans to remove doctors (0:45)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, per source, after it was discovered that CB Delvin Breaux has a fractured fibula and will require surgery expected to sidelined him for 4-6 weeks. Breaux was originally diagnosed with a contusion – and the team was frustrated that he wasn't recovering more quickly until the missed diagnosis was revealed. It was accurately reported that the team has had an issue with Breaux's string of nagging injuries in the past, but this case is different. And it seems unlikely at this point that the team will be as eager to trade or release Breaux.

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Preseason Power Rankings: Saints climb a spot

We may have to wait until the regular season to get a glimpse of the Adrian Peterson-Mark Ingram rushing combo, but the duo should improve New Orleans' run game from where it was last season.

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Saints' Max Unger, Marshon Lattimore on the mend

There was good news Monday on the injury front for the Saints with center Max Unger (foot) back in pads and CB Marshon Lattimore (knee) back in drills.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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