Lions sign wide receiver Tommylee Lewis
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.
Lewis spent his first three NFL seasons with New Orleans, playing in 34 games. He has 20 receptions for...
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Rams’ Robey-Coleman will pay NFL fine for infamous hit
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay his fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game.
Pro Bowlers want better officiating, more accountability
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell watched the NFL's conference championship games on his phone while flying home from South Africa last weekend.
Cantrell sends Goodell letter about Saints-Rams game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Still reeling from Sunday's New Orleans Saints loss in the NFC Championship, Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she has sent a letter on behalf of the city to football Commissioner Roger Goodell about the missed call that likely cost the Saints the game.
AP sources: NFL to consider expanding replay reviews
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference.
Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness and integrity."
Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field."
Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl.
On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks.
Blown call, Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.
After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.
Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.
And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.
Saints activate receiver Ted Ginn from injured reserve
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints have placed receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on their active roster, making him eligible to play when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Ginn returned to practice this week for the first time since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 because of a knee injury repaired by arthroscopic surgery.
Saints win 10th straight, eliminate Falcons in NFC South
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees made Atlanta pay for losing track of his inexperienced receivers, and New Orleans' defense halted several promising Falcons drives with forced fumbles they could not afford.
Cowboys tie Redskins for 1st in NFC East; Bears top Lions
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to inexperienced receivers and the New Orleans Saints won their 10th straight game Thursday night with a 31-17 victory over Atlanta that eliminated the Falcons from contention in the NFC South.
Saints activate Davenport, scratch Tre’Quan Smith
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints receiver Tre'Quan Smith, Drew Brees' top target just last Sunday, has been scratched from the lineup with a foot injury for Thursday night's game against Atlanta.
However, rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport, a first-round draft choice who has missed the previous three games with a sprained toe, is available to play, bolstering the pass rush.
Saints activate Lewis, rule out Armstead vs. Falcons
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have activated returner and receiver Tommylee Lewis from injured reserve.
Meanwhile, the Saints have ruled out left tackle Terron Armstead for Thursday night's game against Atlanta because of his pectoral injury.
Lewis hurt his knee returning a punt against Cleveland in Week 2 and has been on injured reserve since.
The Saints did not place a tender on restricted free agent Brandon Coleman.
It was the right move.
New Orleans retained the wide receiver on a one-year deal worth $1 million. Had the Saints tendered him an offer, it would have cost $1.9 million.
Tommylee Lewis makes a big impact for Saints on first punt returns of season
Tommylee Lewis hadn't returned a punt all season.
The offseason arrival of Ted Ginn Jr. had taken that job from Lewis, who'd offered glimpses of brilliance in the role as a rookie but had also been frustratingly inconsistent.
Fumbling problems by Ginn put Lewis under the lights against Washington, and with the game hanging in the balance, Lewis responded with two big returns that played a key role in the Saints' improbable 34-31 comeback at the Superdome.
Botched punt return a cruel irony in Saints’ loss to Falcons
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The history of the New Orleans Saints now includes another memorable Atlanta Falcons punt in a Monday night game. This one won't be recalled as fondly as Steve Gleason's memorable block nearly 10 years to the day earlier.
The venue, the week, the opponent and the prime-time kickoff were all the same. The timing was similar, too.