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Get your first look at the rebranded Caesars Superdome
07/26/2021 11:25am

NEW ORLEANS - The Saints gave fans their first glimpse of what the newly-rebranded Superdome will look like this season.&nbspThe team shared photos and video of new 3D renderings showing off what the Caesars Superdome will look like.&nbspNew Orleans Saints and Caesars Entertainment announce partnership: Stadium rebranded as Caesars Superdome Story: https://t.co/AMOcD141Mg pic.twitter.com/rNnDrM3MYG&mdash New Orleans Saints Saints July 26, 2021Last week state lawmakers approved a 20-year deal granting the the exclusive naming rights to Caesars, parent company to Harrahs Casino in New Orleans.The stadium is currently undergoing about $450 million worth of renovations through an agreement with the Saints, the Superdome Commission and the state.Permalink Comments

Through leadership in offensive meetings, Southern Lab's Angelo Izzard continues to be a true definition of servitude
07/25/2021 11:15pm

As a sophomore, Southern Lab quarterback Angelo Izzard started leading the Kittens offensive meetings when he felt the team wasnt absorbing the plays well enough.&nbspIt wasnt out of frustration I was just trying to help, says the senior Izzard.Not only does Izzard lead Southern Labs offense as quarterback, he also takes the reins of the offensive meetings with no coaches in the room. A tradition that has held strong for three years.Permalink Comments

Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison out after refusing COVID vaccine
07/23/2021 3:16pm

EAGAN, Minn.-Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison parted ways with the team after he refused to get the COVID vaccine.Dennison is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his team over his refusal to get the vaccine. Assistant offensive line coach, Phil Rauscher, will fill Dennisons position.The NFL requires all Tier 1 staff, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers and scouts to receive the vaccine. Players who are not vaccinated will face strict protocols during training camp and the regular season, whereas vaccinated players will not.The league released a memo stating unvaccinated Tier 1 staff members must provide a valid religious or medical reason for not taking the vaccine.The Vikings will hold their first training camp practice Wednesday.Permalink Comments

Saints WR Michael Thomas likely to miss start of 2021 season
07/23/2021 2:03pm

NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas is expected to miss the start of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.The surgery, which took place in June, repaired the ligaments in his ankle but requires a four-month recovery time.Sources: Saints star WR Michael Thomas is expected to miss the start of the 2021 season after undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle in June. Based on the timing of the surgery &ndash and recommended 4 months of recovery &ndash Thomas could be on the sideline for weeks.&mdash Ian Rapoport RapSheet July 23, 2021His injury also complicates the debate over whether Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill will start at quarterback next season.The Saints currently have TreQuan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris as strong receivers. They only picked up one WR in the most recent draft, Kawaan Baker. The team has been checking in on available free-agent wide receivers to help fill the gaps.Permalink Comments

NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks
07/22/2021 2:28pm

NFL teams have been warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn&rsquot get paid that week.&ldquoAs we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,&rdquo Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press.Goodell says the league doesn&rsquot not anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can&rsquot be rescheduled within 18-week regular season.However, forfeits are among the consequences.&ldquoIf a game can&rsquot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc,&rdquo Goodell says in the memo.For purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win.The league says more than half its teams have COVID-19 vaccination rates greater than 80 of their players, and more than 75 of players are in the process of being vaccinated.Nearly all clubs have vaccinated 100 of their Tier 1 and 2 staffs. Teams have appropriate protocols set up for staffers who have not been vaccinated, consistent with the guidance given last April.Among the other key points in the memo:&mdash If a vaccinated person tests positive and is asymptomatic, he or she will be isolated and contact tracing will promptly occur. The positive individual will be permitted to return to duty after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart, and will thereafter be tested every two weeks or as directed by the medical staffs. Vaccinated individuals will not be subject to quarantine as a result of close contact with an infected person.&mdash If an unvaccinated person tests positive, the protocols from 2020 will remain in effect. The person will be isolated for a period of 10 days and will then be permitted to return to duty if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be subject to a five-day quarantine period if they have close contact with an infected individual.&mdash Anyone who had a previous COVID-19 infection will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have had at least one dose of an approved vaccine.Permalink Comments

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