December 21, 2008

Notes: Green; Ayodele Promoted from Practice Squad

Pregame moves: The Saints promoted KR Skyler Green and DT Remi Ayodele from their own practice squad before the Week 16 game in Detroit.



To make room, the team waived FB Darian Barnes and DE Josh Savage.
Green was added to lighten the load on RB Pierre Thomas, who started at runnigback. Green returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the Detroit 41 yard line.
This is not the first time Ayodele has been promoted, he's been shuffled on and off the practice squad and active roster this season. He's already appeared in five games for the Saints, collecting one tackle.
Shockey Injured: Saints TE Jeremy Shockey had a rough Sunday. Five catches but a bad drop preceded a right ankle injury in the first half. Shockey did not return to the game.
Sense of Humor: Lions fans are good folks with a health sense of humor, if anything is to be had from their 0-15 season. Longtime Lions QB Joey Harrington, booed out of town after 2005, is now the third string quarterback for the Saints. Lions fans chanted for Harrington and held up signs during the game, a funny way to salute their winless home team.
No Pressure: The Saints have allowed only 11 sacks through 15 games in 2008. The team record for fewest sacks allowed is 15.
That stat is second best in the NFL, with the Titans allowing only nine through 15 games.
Bucking History: Its the first time in the Saints' history that they faced a team that had a winless record of 0-7 or worse, and won, according to ESPN. The Saints granted first victories to teams in that situation to the 2007 Rams, the 1999 Browns, the 1998 Panthers and the 1977 Bucs. Victories given to the Browns and Bucs were also the first wins in those franchises' histories, with the newly reborn Browns beating Mike Ditka's Saints on Halloween with a fluke Hail Mary touchdown from Tim Couch.
Notes: Former Saints LB William Kershaw, with the team during training camp and on their practice squad this season, has been signed by the Dolphins... The NFL will return to London with a game between the Bucs and Patriots in 2009... Saints coach Sean Payton said that he expects defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to return to New Orleans next season. Orgeron has been linked to numerous collegiate job openings, including LSU...

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