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Saints News, 8/29/14: Akiem Hicks Fined For 'Roughing' Andrew Luck

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks was fined $16,537 by the NFL for his hard hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a league source confirmed Friday. In other news, the NFL dropped a nine-game suspension on 49ers LB Aldon Smith today. Be careful you don't draft the 49ers DST too high in your fantasy leagues.

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NFL fines Saints' Akiem Hicks for roughing the passer penalty in Indianapolis | NOLA.com
Hicks' fine is the maximum allowed under the league's fine schedule, which is agreed to by the NFL players' association.

Ahmad Dixon, Akiem Hicks fined for preseason infractions | ProFootballTalk
Hicks was fined for a hit late last season, which means he’d need to be fined more than 50 percent of his weekly pay in order to appeal on the grounds that it was excessive.

PFT’s 2014 53-man roster cuts tracker | ProFootballTalk
ATLANTA FALCONS Pat Angerer and 2014 seventh-rounder Yawin Smallwood have been let go. CHICAGO BEARS Armanti Edwards, beater of Michigan, was released, along with four others Friday. CINCINNATI BENGALS BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the biggest name in their first wave of cuts.

Make No Mistake: Saints Are Super Bowl XLIX Contenders
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius explains why in spite of final Pre-Season game loss to Ravens, Saints are still Super Bowl XLIX contenders

Film Room: Pierre Thomas To Take On Sproles' Role
In a recent interview Saints veteran running back Pierre Thomas stated that his role "...is going to change a whole lot this year." We had a chance to see that when Thomas was on the field in the third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts: he's going to do it all this year.

Sean Payton talks about the preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens
Postgame quotes from Sean Payton after the final preseason game against the Ravens on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photos from Saints-Ravens games
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New Orleans Saints players discuss preseason finale

New Orleans Saints fans vote Vinnie Sunseri as the most impressive defensive rookie of training camp
The New Orleans Saints drafted Vinnie Sunseri in the fifth round of the NFL Draft

John DeShazier: With preseason over, players left waiting for the call
Cuts have to be made by Saturday afternoon

Five things we learned from the Ravens' 22-13 win over the New Orleans Saints - baltimoresun.com
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker details what he learned from the Ravens' final preseason game.

Luke McCown making serious play for New Orleans Saints backup QB job - ESPN
NEW ORLEANS – Lesson learned this preseason: Write off Luke McCown at your own peril. It should have been known the veteran New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees in #NFLRank top 6 - ESPN
It should come as no surprise that the most prolific touchdown connection in the NFL over the past three years was well represented on ESPN’s #N

New Orleans Saints projected roster - ESPN
Examining the New Orleans Saints' roster: QUARTERBACKS (3) Drew Brees Luke McCown Ryan Griffin All summer, I predicted that a tie-breaker f

Center choice clear; Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito react - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Although the New Orleans Saints haven’t made any official announcement, it is apparent that veteran Jonathan Goodwin has won th

Sibling rivalry: New Orleans Saints fired up for Atlanta Falcons - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- It just got real. The New Orleans Saints can finally start preparing for a game that counts -- and it’s a doozy. Week 1, on th

Who has final say on Saints' roster? NFL teams employ gamesmanship heading into final cuts | NOLA.com
An insider's look into what factors determine a team's 53-man roster and practice aquad

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ready for encore in Year 2 | NOLA.com
Ryan still trying to come up with innovative schemes

New Orleans Saints' final roster cuts loom, but expanded practice squad lends more opportunity | NOLA.com
Practice squad expands from eight to 10 players this season

New Orleans Saints take aim at another Super Bowl run | NOLA.com
Favorable schedule, improved defense and retooled offense lends optimism

WVUE warns DirecTV subscribers of possible blackout | NOLA.com
Station could go dark to satellite-service subscribers Sunday (Aug. 31).

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NFL News

Aldon Smith hit with nine-game suspension | ProFootballTalk
The NFL made a statement yesterday against domestic violence, and today's is about repeat offenders. The NFL announced that 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

NFL does not fine Ndamukong Suh for roughing the passer | ProFootballTalk
One of the NFL's most-fined players caught a break this week. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined repeatedly and suspended once for on-field misconduct, was not fined for his roughing the passer penalty last week against the Jaguars.

Bengals release BenJarvus Green-Ellis | ProFootballTalk
The Law Firm will no longer practice in Cincinnati. The Bengals announced Friday that they have released veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The move has been discussed for some time with speculation growing by leaps and bounds when the team selected Jeremy Hill in May's draft.

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Video

VIDEO Khiry Robinson remembers the stress of roster cuts
New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson recalled what cut day was like for him in 2013.

VIDEO Darrius Brooks on playing for all 32 teams
New Orleans Saints defensive back spoke Friday about how players are always performing for all 32 teams in the league not just the team they are currently on.

VIDEO Shayne Graham on the Saints kicker competition
New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham on Friday, Aug. 29 spoke about the kicker competition.

VIDEO Kasim Edebali talks about his future
On Friday, Aug. 29, a day before the Saints have cut their roster to 53 players, linebacker Kasim Edebali talked about his future.

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