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We’ve only got a few more weeks of pre-season left. How do you think the Saints look so far this year? We’re letting Who Dat fans sounds off when they Grab the Mic!

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is having knee surgery, and that’s expected to sideline him for the rest of the preseason.

He missed 6 of the past 8 practice sessions and didn’t play in the first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

We’ll have to wait and see if he’ll be ready for the regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons in September.

new-orleans-saints-2560×1600Head coach Sean Payton called the win “sloppy” but it was a win, nonetheless.

Backup quarterback Luke McCown threw a pair of 2 yard second half touchdown passes to wide receiver Preston Parker as the Saints beat the Chiefs 17-13 Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

McCown completed 18 of 28 passes for 216 yards. He also tossed an interception.

The Saints defense settled down after a shaky start.

Kansas City drove 15 plays 80 yards on the opening drive. Jamaal Charles scored from the 1 for a 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs led 10-0 and had scored the last 31 points against the Saints in the Superdome counting last September’s New Orleans collapse. But, head coach Sean Payton was absent, suspended for the season for his alleged role in the Bounty case.

Payton was cheered loudly as he was introduced at the Superdome Friday night.  It was his first game on the sideline since the Saints lost to the 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs in January 2011.

“We made some mistakes, including have 10 men on the field. We have to clean that up,” said Payton. “But this is just the beginning of the preseason, not even the middle.”

Free agent Khiry Robinson led Saints rushers with 12 carries for 52 yards. 13 different Saints caught passes, including Nick Toon who led New Orleans with 4 catches for 66 yards.

No doubt, Saints rookies Kenny Vaccaro and Rod Sweeting are all wrapped up in their first NFL training camp.  They sure were Thursday afternoon!

The two were taped to a goal post and hosed down with water.  Vaccaro and Sweeting were just the latest victims in an annual rookie hazing that happens all around the NFL.

Saints DB Malcom Jenkins explained why the pair was taped and doused.

“You know coach wants us to get hydrated.  We got a game tomorrow.  We just wanted to make sure our rookies got hydrated,” Jenkins said.

A video posted on YouTube shows a man being wrestled to the ground and arrested by security after allegedly charging onto the Saints practice field Friday.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as 59-year-old David Mobley of Houma.

WWL Radio first posted the clip, with a man in the video describing the action:

“This guy came right up to me and says ‘I’m getting in there. The Saints keep losing. I’m gonna show ‘em.’ “

“Mobley was arrested this morning around 10:41 by members of the JPSO assigned to the New Orleans Saints Training Camp facility after he walked onto the practice field without authorization,” according to a news release from JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato. “When the detail officers were first made aware of Mobley’s presence on the field, they approached him and attempted to escort him from the area.  Mobley became combative and following a brief struggle was placed under arrest.  He was subsequently booked into the JPCC with one count each of Remaining After Forbidden, Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Police Officer.”

WWL Radio says one fan described the arrested man as “intoxicated.”