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Practice 1/12, Day 8, Training Camp Observations

Injury Report:
LB Scott Shanle (left knee) missed his sixth-straight practice with a 'sore' knee while CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) rested for the third consecutive session with a 'tweaked' hamstring.

CB Tracy Porter (back) and TE Tory Humphrey (hamstring) returned after missing two sessions.

The PUP players S Darren Sharper (left knee), WR Robert Meachem (toe) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) all continued to sit out practice.

Heat Index (calculated from NWS numbers at MSY):
8:53 a.m. 95 degrees
10:53 a.m. 99 degrees

A caveat The Saints ended practice at 10:19 a.m., so the heat index could have been slightly lower.

New faces:
The Saints welcomed in receiver Mark Bradley and cut receiver Matt Simon. Payton said it wasn't necessarily something that Simon did or didn't do, but rather, that the team had a different need at wide receiver.

Bradley, a former second-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Chicago Bears, is in his sixth season and fourth team. He previously played for Chicago, Kansas City and Tampa Bay.

Field Goal:
K Garrett Hartley went 5-for-6, hitting a PAT/20-yarder as well as from 28, 32, 38 and 41. He missed from 36 with QB Chase Daniel holding. Daniel also held on the makes from 38 and 41 with P Thomas Morstead receiving the snaps on the first three kicks.

Team 1:
First-and-10 @ 40: RB Pierre Thomas at left guard for 3 yards
Second-and-10 @ 40: RB Lynell Hamilton up middle for 4 yards
First-and-10 @ 40: QB Drew Brees to WR Marques Colston for 15
Second-and-10 @ 40: RB Chris Ivory at left end

Notable other plays from second team:
QB Patrick Ramsey threw to FB Zak Keasey, who dropped the pass only to be knocked down hard by LB Stanley Arnoux.
Ivory busted through the middle, broke a tackle by CB Reggie Jones and darted in for a 40-yard touchdown.

Team 2:
First-and-10 @ 20: P Thomas middle draw for 0
Second-and-10 @ 20: Brees intercepted by CB Tracy Porter on pass intended for TE Jeremy Shockey. Porter returned the interception for a 32-yard touchdown
Third-and-10 @ 20: Brees finds Colston for an 18-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 20: Brees hits an open Shockey down the seam for a 40-plus yard gain
Third-and-7 20: Brees hit P Thomas for a 9-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 30: Brees throws a screen right to Shockey, who is tackled by DE Bobby McCray for a 4-yard gain
Second-and-10 @ 30: Hamilton up the middle for 7-yard gain
Third-and-10 @ 30: Brees throws high to WR Lance Moore, but Porter is flagged for pass interference

What's next?
The Saints practice again from 4:20-5:45 p.m. in the indoor facility. It's closed to the public.

The Black & Gold Scrimmage is set for 11 a.m. Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m.

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