NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-6)
New faces: LB Demario Davis, S Kurt Coleman, CB Patrick Robinson, WR Cameron Meredith, QB Teddy Bridgewater, OL Jermon Bushrod, TE Ben Watson, DE Marcus Davenport, WR Tre'Quan Smith.
Key losses: S Kenny Vaccaro, TE Coby Fleener, OL Senio Kelemete, WR Willie Snead, RT Zach Strief.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zach Strief's eyes watered up and the normally loquacious Saints right tackle struggled to speak at times as he discussed his decision to end of a 12-year NFL career that exceeded his "wildest imagination."
He did not, however, lose his sense of humor.
Strief, who announced his retirement Monday, said he considered walking away after the 2016 season, but was driven by a sense of obligation to his team — particularly quarterback Drew Brees — to play at least one more year.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Rookie Ryan Ramczyk wasn't expecting to be thrust into the role of protecting Drew Brees from both edges of the offensive line in his first five NFL games.
Ramczyk has been able to demonstrate his versatility quickly — and when the Saints really needed it.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed right tackle Zach Strief on injured reserve, possibly ending his season.
Strief left Sunday's victory over Miami in London with a knee injury. It was his second knee injury this season. He also was hurt in the season opener Sept. 11 at Minnesota and missed two games before returning last week.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints starting center Max Unger had his No. 60 jersey pulled down over shoulder pads and wore his helmet — a new look this training camp for a central figure on the offensive line that protects record setting quarterback Drew Brees, and an uplifting development for a squad that could use some good news on the injury front.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on manslaughter conviction of Cardell Hayes, who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in April (all times local):
New Orleans Saints players are expressing sympathy for the families of their former teammate Will Smith as well as the man convicted of shooting him.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints receiver Michael Thomas was having a charmed rookie season until he ran up against the top-rated pass defense in the NFL.
His two fumbles and bobble-turned-interception were among the most glaring mishaps that undermined the Saints' bid to break .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Times like these are gratifying for veteran Saints right tackle Zach Strief, who brushed off doomsday story lines and continued to express faith in his team when it was winless through three games.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Unabashed optimist that he is, Drew Brees might be the last person to downgrade expectations for a New Orleans Saints squad coming off a winless preseason.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Drew Brees was patient and non-confrontational while fielding repeated questions about why he and the New Orleans Saints weren't able to negotiate a contract extension before Thursday's opening training camp practice.
If anything, the star quarterback became testier when the subject of rookie safety's interception came up.
Standing nearby, one of Brees' oldest teammates, right tackle Zach Strief, hardly seemed...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.
Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.
Right tackle Zach Strief says, "If any organization understands what it means to clean up from a natural disaster," it's...