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Saints’ Graham Fined $30K for Dunks

Saints’ Graham Fined $30K for Dunks

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 on Friday by the NFL for dunking on the goalpost twice during a preseason game against Tennessee last week. 
The new rule, instituted this season, re-defines unsportsmanlike conduct to include any act using the ball as a prop. Many have referred to the new interpretation as the “Jimmy Graham rule” directed at the veteran tight end’s signature touchdown celebration.
Graham twice dunked the football after scoring touchdowns against the Titans, resulting in a pair of 15-yard penalties. The acts also drew some frustration from head coach Sean Payton as the Saints committed a total of 28 called penalties. 
League rules state that players can be fined at least $11,025 for a their first unsportsmanlike penalty, and $22,050 for a second offense if the league deems necessary. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture towards the Washington Redskins bench on Monday night.
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Saints’ Jimmy Graham: No More Dunking

Saints’ Jimmy Graham: No More Dunking

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) — New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham won’t be dunking the football after a touchdown this season to avoid any penalties during the game that could cost his team.
Following both of his touchdown receptions in Friday’s 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee, Graham proceeded to dunk the football through the goalposts and was penalized 15 yards for it, which led to head coach Sean Payton screaming at him on the sideline.
“You know, for four years and however many touchdowns, I’ve always dunked it. And I just gotta stop doing that now,” Graham said.
Graham didn’t believe any player dunking a ball through a goal post was hurting anyone, but promised to stop.
“The rule [is] unfortunate because I just love the game. I have a lot of passion for the game. And when I go out there on Sunday, it’s fun for me,” Graham said. “And I feel like a little kid out there. And sometimes I act like it.”
Graham said on Sunday that he would listen to Payton’s request for him to stop dunking the ball through the goal posts.
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Graham Penalized, Scolded for Touchdown Dunks

Graham Penalized, Scolded for Touchdown Dunks

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — It didn’t take long for Jimmy Graham to violate the rule many feel was put in place because of him. Following both of his touchdown receptions in Friday’s 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee, Graham proceeded to dunk the football through the goalposts and was penalized 15 yards for it.
The second celebration drew the ire of head coach Sean Payton, who tracked his tight end down on the sideline to scold him. In total, the Saints committed 22 penalties throughout the game. Graham declined interviews as he left the locker room while Payton would not directly comment on the incidents.
The celebration of “dunking” a ball through the goalposts was lumped in with other taunting penalties where the ball is used as a “prop”. Many have referred to the rule chance as the “Jimmy Graham rule”.
“I understand Jimmy’s frustration with that rule change. I understand what he’s doing,” said offensive tackle and team captain Zach Strief.  “And yet it’s something, look, if this is a regular-season game, Jimmy’s not dunking over the goalpost. Coach Payton was completely, I think, correct to jump on him. Any of us, I think would expect it.
New Orleans was once again without quarterback Drew Brees who sat with an oblique strain. He is expected to be 100% healthy come the regular season. Wide receiver Marques Colston was also not dressed for action, but for an undisclosed reason.
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Sean Payton Prepares for Foles and Eagles

Sean Payton Prepares for Foles and Eagles

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Saints are hoping to get in the win column on the road in the playoffs as they prepare for Saturday’s NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Headed into Saturday, the Saints are 0…

Saints Won’t Be Scoreboard Watching on Sunday

Saints Won’t Be Scoreboard Watching on Sunday

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La) — The New Orleans Saints (10-5) are looking to secures their fourth playoff berth in five seasons on Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11).
If the Saints win and the Carolina Panthers lose aga…

Seahawks Blast Saints 34-7

Seahawks Blast Saints 34-7

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) –  Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks blasted the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on Monday night.
The Seahawks (11-1) clinched a playoff spot with the victory, and now have a…

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) –  In a battle that featured two teams heading in opposite directions this season, the New Orleans Saints came out on top.
Drew Brees tossed a pair of first half touchdowns as the Saints edged the Atlanta Falc…

Saints Prepare for Bears

Saints Prepare for Bears

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears on Sunday.  The Saints sit at 4-0 and look poised to make a run at another Super Bowl title.
The only problem is that they are 0-3 in Chica…

Saints Get Marques Colston Back from Injury, Sign Steve Breaston

Saints Get Marques Colston Back from Injury, Sign Steve Breaston

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints passing attack just got even more potent as wide receiver Marques Colston returned from the PUP list, and the team also signed wide receiver Steve Breaston.”It’s about time I started camp,…

Saints Hire Rob Ryan

Saints Hire Rob Ryan

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints hired Rob Ryan on Saturday to be their next defensive coordinator.
After being fired by the Dallas Cowboys last month, Ryan said he’d be out of work for “five minutes,” but is ready for hi…

Drew Brees Ready for 2013

Drew Brees Ready for 2013

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees went through a difficult season. The team went 7-9 and they had to deal with a bounty scandal in which their head coach Sean Payton was suspended all season.
With 2012 in …

Saints Fire Steve Spagnuolo

Saints Fire Steve Spagnuolo

NFL Photos via Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The Saints are changing defensive coordinators again.
The team fired Steve Spagnuolo on Thursday after just one season as defensive coordinator. 
“I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contr…

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Returns To Work

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Returns To Work

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(MOBILE, Ala.) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton returned to work Wednesday, a day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him following his season-long ban for his role in the team’s bounty program. …

NFL Reinstates Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton

NFL Reinstates Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that he has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after serving a season-long suspension.The decision was made after a meeting between Goodell and Payt…

Source: Payton, Saints Agree To Extension

Source: Payton, Saints Agree To Extension

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five-year extension, according to an ESPN source.
Payton has been suspended by the league for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, but was given permissi…

NFL Grants Saints Permission to Speak to Payton

NFL Grants Saints Permission to Speak to Payton

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The National Football League has granted the New Orleans Saints permission to negotiate a new contract with suspended head coach Sean Payton, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Even though Payton…

ESPN: NFL Voids Sean Payton’s Contract Extension

ESPN: NFL Voids Sean Payton’s Contract Extension

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL has dealt Sean Payton another blow. According to ESPN, the NFL has voided the contract extension Payton signed back in September 2011.This move will make Payton a free agent at the end of the season, and…

Brees Sets Record, Saints Get First Win

Brees Sets Record, Saints Get First Win

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Drew Brees broke a record that has stood for over 50 years, and his New Orleans Saints got win No. 1.
Brees broke Johnny Unita’s mark of consecutive games with a touchdown pass by throwing one in his 48th straight…

Suspended Saints Coaches Receive Permission To Attend Game

Suspended Saints Coaches Receive Permission To Attend Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees personally asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell if the suspended Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt can be permitted to attend Sunday night’s game.
His ema…

Saints’ Interim Coach Aaron Kromer Sees Smooth Transition

Saints’ Interim Coach Aaron Kromer Sees Smooth Transition

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With all the suspensions facing the New Orleans Saints this season, the team needed an interim for the interim head coach for the first six games of the season. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who will lead the team…

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