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2016 Schedule
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Dolphins trade McCain to Saints for draft pick

The New Orleans Saints acquired defensive end Chris McCain in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. The Dolphins will get a conditional seventh rounder, according to a league source.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Drew Brees on Colin Kaepernick: "I think the important point to make here is that flag symbolizes, represents the freedoms that you have the chance as an American to exercise. So sitting down for that, that is a blatant disrespect of the freedoms that that gives you. Like it's an oxymoron that you're sitting down, disrespecting that flag that has given you the freedom to speak out."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he felt compelled to speak out against Colin Kaepernick's method of protest Monday, saying it was "bothering me all day long." The Saints quarterback, who is a passionate military supporter, said the American flag is "sacred." "I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree," Brees said. "Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there's plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn't involve being disrespectful to the American flag."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Monday. But a source said over the weekend that he isn't dealing with anything serious. TE Michael Hoomanawanui, RB Marcus Murphy and CB Jimmy Pruitt also did not participate after suffering injuries in Friday's game. CB Damian Swann and LB Nate Stupar did not participate for unspecified reasons. Meanwhile, RB Daniel Lasco did participate in Monday's practice, a good sign after he absorbed a big hit Friday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Doesn't sound like anything to worry about with Saints LT Terron Armstead's injury. Still waiting to hear on the status of TE Michael Hoomanawanui, who left Friday's game via cart with an apparent leg injury.

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Steelers' offense finds rhythm, Saints not so much (1:50)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees said there is a great sense of urgency to improve after a preseason that hasn't been up to their standards. But he also stresses that it's a big difference from spending a whole week game-planning for an opponent as they'll do against Raiders in Week 1.

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Roethlisberger sharp, Steelers top Saints 27-14

Ben Roethlisberger torched New Orleans' defense for 148 yards and two touchdown passes on his first two series of this preseason, then got the rest of the game off while the Steelers rolled to a

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked if QB Garrett Grayson is making the progress he needs to make, Sean Payton quickly said, "He struggled tonight." Said he was disappointed by a couple of his throws, would like to see him further along.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said the two biggest concerns are "our ability to protect and our ability to rush the passer. ... Two things that are concerning. Obviously very concerning."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

An interception by Saints rookie QB Garrett Grayson late in the fourth quarter. Grayson has been up and down all preseason. Maybe some signs of growth from last year, but he doesn't appear to be challenging Luke McCown for the backup job.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie RB Daniel Lasco, who has had a strong summer as a runner and special teamer, left after absorbing a big helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a penalty against Steelers. Lasco eventually walked off on his own power after being assisted by trainers on the field.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

HALFTIME: STEELERS 21, SAINTS 7. The struggles continue for New Orleans' offensive line this preseason. The starters played the full first half (except for LT Terron Armstead, who had a couple rough moments himself before walking back to locker room with an unspecified ailment). They put one good drive together, but the others were pretty ugly. No sacks, but two holding penalties and an intentional grounding penalty. Also, top RB Mark Ingram ran for just 17 yards on seven carries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees done for the night -- and presumably for the preseason. Finished on high note with 17-yard TD to Willie Snead and went 9-of-12 for 78 yards, 7 points in three drives. Brees had a decent preseason (2 TDs, 1 INT), but his biggest problem was the struggling offensive line play that didn't give him much time in the pocket. Fair to say Brees and his deep group of receivers remain the Saints' best asset by far.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead with an incredible TD catch that may have topped all the highlight catches from Saints WR Michael Thomas so far this summer (and that's saying a lot). Snead went up for 17-yard catch in end zone in double coverage, had it popped loose, but then caught it on his back when it landed on his chest. A couple big catches for Snead tonight -- and a good reminder he's still a big part of Saints' passing game.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One good thing for Saints tonight -- they're finally winning turnover battle for first time this preseason after a forced fumble by CB Delvin Breaux, recovered by LB Dannell Ellerbe (two of their most promising playmakers this summer). Prevented Pittsburgh from kicking a field goal, but Steelers still lead 14-0 after first quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A holding call spoiled it -- but nice deep completion from Drew Brees to TE Coby Fleener down the middle of the field. Fleener admitted it's been a "work in progress" to adjust to Saints' offense. But definitely has that big-play upside as pass-catching TE in this offense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

This time Steelers score TD in a hurry against Saints -- on a 57-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown vs. rookie CB De'Vante Harris out of the slot. Harris has been great this summer (and got the start as nickel corner tonight) -- but he hasn't been facing Antonio Brown all summer.

Team Stats

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

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