New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.
August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Robert Meachem during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium.
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The NFL granted suspended head coach Sean Payton permission to attend Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game in which Drew Brees could break Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
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At one time, we thought that the most amazing and unprecedented aspect of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaking Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight regular-season games with at least one touchdown pass would be the fact that anybody broke it at all. For decades, Unitas’ mark — which was once considered to be the NFL’s version of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak — was thought to be virtually unbreakable, though the explosion in passing numbers in the last 10 years has certainly made it far more vulnerable.
But when Brees takes the field at the Superdome this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, he will have some special and unexpected guests . As first reported by WVUE-TV, Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and general manager MIckey Loomis — all currently suspended from the league for their roles in the team’s alleged bounty scandal — will be in the building to watch Brees try and grab that mark with a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive game.
“I am excited for our team and for them,” Brees said in a text message to ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas. “It adds another element to what we hope to be a very special night.”
Brees had respected permission for the three men to be in attendance — they all came to New Orleans in 2006, as Brees did, to turn around a franchise and bring hope to a city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The NFL, bound to a point after allowing former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to attend last Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-St. Louis Rams game , granted Brees’ request. Williams is suspended from the NFL indefinitely.
The NFL’s statement:
“Drew Brees requested permission for Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt to attend Sunday night’s game in which Drew will attempt to set the record of 48 straight games with a touchdown pass. Commissioner [Roger] Goodell has granted that permission. Coaches Payton and Vitt and Mickey Loomis will be permitted to watch the game in a private area of the stadium and will have no contact with the team.”
On Tuesday, Payton said that he would not be in attendance, but that was obviously before he was informed that he would be allowed to do so. “I’ve kind of got a full plate here. A handful of people texted me that. Right now, I’ll be able to watch it, and shoot, just being able to watch it on TV is no different than being there in person. It’s just an honor to be connected to this.”
Beyond Brees’ obvious link to the three guys who will be cordoned off, parole-style, there are a few more interesting connections in this game.
The New Orleans Saints have been a different franchise since the arrival of quarterback Drew Brees in 2006. Coming to New Orleans with head coach Sean Payton, the two worked together, along with other coaches and players, to turn around a team with a history consisting mostly of disappointment. Over the past six seasons, the Saints’ offense has been dominant. In 101 games Brees has thrown 211 touchdown passes, and he now sits tied with the legendary Johnny Unitas after completing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. …