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Saints enjoying practicing with Patriots

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With only four days between games, the New Orleans Saints are being very cautious with players dealing with various injuries.

Wide receivers Devery Henderson (ankle) and Adrian Arrington (knee), cornerback Patrick Robinson (shoulder) and linebacker David Hawthorne (hip flexor) are among those not expected to play at New England on Thursday night.

Tight end Jimmy Graham left practice following a hard fall, but is expected to be fine.

"We're on a short week, so you kind of want to be smart on a short week," interim coach Joe Vitt said.

Most important has been the ability to get in two days of practice against the Patriots.

"Absolutely," Vitt said when asked if he has been pleased about the week. "We got a lot of situational work yesterday. We were able to go through all the film with our players last night. Again, you're going against some great skill here and another great quarterback.

"Absolutely, we got a lot out of this."

It's also an opportunity for a change of scenery and to hit opponents rather than teammates - although contact was limited.

"Maybe I'm an inexperienced player, but it's great to be able to look at different fronts and different looks," said defensive lineman Cameron Jordan. "Coming up here gave us a nice break from all the humid weather down south."

Quarterback Drew Brees likened it to a scrimmage atmosphere.

"It breaks up that monotony of camp. We like getting out of that humidity in New Orleans. If you've ever been down here this time of the year, it's not too pleasant during camp," he said. "You come up here to get a fresh outlook. You go against a different scheme, different set of personnel.
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