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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Coby Fleener was absent for the second straight practice Friday for an unspecified reason, according to reporters on site. WR Ted Ginn Jr. was present but not participating – his third straight missed practice for an unspecified reason. Anthony has been sidelined all week with an unspecified issue.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Saints defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams both had some highlights in Friday's joint practice with the Chargers in Los Angeles, according to reporters' observations. Lattimore had some highs and lows while getting a lot of snaps with the first string defense – and Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha said he congratulated Lattimore for sticking his head in there on a run-support play. Williams, meanwhile, had an interception against Chargers backup Cardale Jones in full-team drills while playing in center field (his specialty). Neither rookie has won a starting job yet, but both should be heavily involved in nickel and dime packages at the very least. And both will be key to turning around a defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL against the pass last year.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Thomas on the improved performance of the Saints' offense in their second day of joint practices with the Chargers in Los Angeles: "I don't know if it was a little jet lag or what it was exactly, but I feel like we definitely improved today." Based on observations from reporters at practice, Thomas had another standout day to continue his strong camp. All signs so far have been pointing to the second-year receiver building on his breakout rookie season.

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Predicting fantasy over/unders for Saints

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he was disappointed the Saints and Chargers won't be in pads for their second and final joint practice Friday, since the Saints offense struggled on Thursday and wanted a chance to make up for it. "I would prefer full pads again tomorrow, how I'm feeling," Peterson said after Thursday's practice. "But you just make the best of what youre presented with."

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Philip Rivers beats Drew Brees at his own game

Following the Saints-Chargers joint practice on Thursday, Rivers and Los Angeles' QBs beat New Orleans' signal-callers in a passing challenge.

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One Saint is starter on 'Perfect NFL Roster'

This 53-man group chosen from across the league fits beneath the $167 million salary cap. Michael Thomas made the first team.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

INJURY UPDATE: RB Kenjon Barner was cleared from concussion protocol and practiced on Thursday. Left tackle Russell Okung did not practice due to a sore left ankle, and Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn indicated he's taking a cautious approach with the Oklahoma State product. And right tackle Joe Barksdale appeared to suffer a left ankle injury at the end of practice. Cornerback Casey Hayward did not practice due to a hamstring strain. Melvin Gordon and Travis Benjamin were in full pads but given rest days on Thursday. Others who did not practice on Thursday included DE Chris Landrum (shoulder), DE Jerry Attaochu (hamstring), C Trovon Reed (hip strain), CB Craig Mager (unknown), TE Sean McGrath (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (legs) and Denzel Perryman (ankle). WR Mike Williams remains on the physically unable to perform list with a lower back disc herniation.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints center Max Unger officially passed his physical, so he can come off the PUP list and begin practicing. Unger, who had foot surgery in the spring, has been in pads this week doing some individual work off to the side, and Sean Payton said he is on target to play in the third or fourth preseason game. That's huge because Unger is one of the team's most valuable players and leaders, and the offensive line is already down a man with left tackle Terron Armstead expected to miss about half the season with a shoulder injury.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Chargers head coach Norv Turner, along with Norm Chow -- who coached Philip Rivers at North Carolina State -- were on hand at today's joint practice between the Chargers and Saints. Turner served as Brees' offensive coordinator for the Chargers his rookie season in 2001 and is a neighbor of his in Del Mar. "They're both ready to go," Turner said. "And to me, I'd expect both of them to have big years."

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who played his first five seasons in the NFL with the Chargers and still resides north of the city in Del Mar, had this to say about the Chargers moving to Los Angeles: "It's still Southern California. I think it seemed to be a business decision obviously as you move up here. I mean we're not in L.A., right? We're in Orange County, really."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon and New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson talk after practice. Gordon has trained with Peterson in his hometown of Houston during the offseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on the Saints' offensive struggles during their first joint practice with the Chargers in L.A.: "I didn't think we were real sharp today. We'll go and look at the tape, and as their always is, there's always things you want to correct and work on. But just the way that it felt, it didn't really feel like we had a whole lot of tempo or rhythm. Just didn't feel like it was real sharp." ... Based on reporters' practice observations, the Saints offense struggled a bit in all phases in early team drills, from protection issues to receivers not getting open to Brees throwing a pick-6 to rookie defensive back Desmond King on a tipped pass. But the offense cleaned up its act a bit as practice went on, with running backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram each having a highlight play or two.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Former teammates Jerry Attaochu and Manti Te'o pose for a photo after practice.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he doesn't know yet if he'll play in the preseason this year. "I'll talk with Coach when that time comes," Peterson said. "And if they say, ‘Hey, we're rolling,' we're rolling.' If not, it is what it is." Chances are, if Peterson and Saints veterans like Drew Brees and Mark Ingram play in the preseason, it won't come until Week 3. But there is a good chance Peterson will make at least a cameo appearance with his new team – even though he hasn't played in the preseason since 2013 and hasn't touched the ball since 2011.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Full house here for Chargers-Saints joint practice. Plenty of Saints fans.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees getting warmed up for joint practice with Chargers.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Marshon Lattimore is expected to make his preseason debut Sunday at the Chargers, according to Sean Payton, though he might be limited. Lattimore returned to full-team drills for the first time Wednesday since suffering a minor knee injury two weeks ago. ... Saints receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and CB Sterling Moore were absent from Wednesday's practice for unspecified reasons. Center Max Unger was present but has not participated in practice drills yet.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton confirmed that the Saints have fired their team orthopedists and that CB Delvin Breaux will have surgery to repair a fracture in his fibula that initially wasn't diagnosed. Breaux is expected to miss six weeks. Payton said he had a talk with the team about the decision and said everyone from coaches to players wants the same thing -- accountability. Payton also acknowledged that he was pushing Breaux to get back on the field, and he said Breaux has worked diligently and wants to be back as well. He said they haven't talked yet since the news of his new diagnosis but will soon. Payton also said the Saints will work with the Chargers orthopedists during their joint practices this week in Los Angeles before hiring temporary replacements.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One recent example of a Saints player complaining of a misdiagnosis that comes to mind is cornerback Keenan Lewis, who also publicly complained of feeling pressured to return from a hip injury last summer before he was released – with coach Sean Payton pointing to his availability as the main reason. Lewis also felt his injury was worse than the team doctors were telling him, and he failed a physical with the Pittsburgh Steelers soon after. Lewis has not returned to the NFL and has since filed an injury grievance over the issue.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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