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Saints coach Sean Payton isn’t saying whether quarterback Drew Brees, who is suffered from an injury to his oblique muscle, will play in the first preseason game in St. Louis.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Food is on the field, as the Saints get ready for the new season! The dome is making their menu a bit more upscale. Some of the dishes you’ll find there include pig-skin po-boys, fajitas, humus sandwiches, muffaletta salads, and Asian chopped salads with pan seared tuna.

Executive Chef Lenny Martinsen says “We have had a great partnership with Copeland’s last few years, and what we’re done this year is create some new and exciting specials. We have slow-roasted prime rib sandwich with our kettle chips, great sandwich.”

Chef Lenny will also be considering the opposing teams when they come to the dome. For example, when the Baltimore Ravens are here in November, the dome menu will feature Maryland crab cakes!

Hot dog fans will still be able to get their fix though. The Superdome will feature a Jumbo Louisiana Chili Dog, with black-eyed-pea chili and hurricane sauce.



Saints Owner Tom Benson Treated for Dehydration


2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson (R), and his wife Gayle Benson. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) – New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is still getting used to the mountains of West Virginia.

A team source said Benson made a trip to the emergency room Tuesday to be treated for dehydration. Benson was given fluids, then released according to the source.

The source said Benson is monitored on a daily basis by team doctors. The source said Benson was told to drink plenty of water, to ward off hydration issues in the thinner air.

Mr. Benson celebrated his 87th birthday July 12th.


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - So how does our beloved Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees stay so fit?

He pushes himself with “TRX”, which stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. TRX Training uses suspension equipment to give you a total body workout.

You may have seen the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated where Brees is wearing a “TRX” shirt.

To find out more about TRX we went to 504 Fit where instructor, Tim Vanderkamp teaches TRX.

“TRX is a tremendous core workout.  All movement originates from the core.  If your core is weak then all your movements will be weak,”  he said.

TRX was designed by Navy Seals and certainly does a Brees body good.

“Having Drew Brees do it is huge for TRX.  It really gets the word out.  Drew Brees is a god here in New Orleans, so anything Drew Brees is doing other people will want to do and try,”  Vanderkamp said.

At 504 Fit, Vanderkamp teaches TRX the same way Brees does it.

“Very exciting for me.  If you watch an NFL player, they have to jump in the air and leap 3 feet sideways, and get around linebackers, and move down the field all in one movement, TRX helps with those explosive dynamic movements,”  he said.

TRX isn’t only for football players.  It gives anyone mobility, stability, and strength.

“Drew Brees is alright by me.  Anything he does is great,”  TRX student, Jessica Lazer said.

“I always feel stronger after doing TRX,”  TRX student, Ashley Merlin said.

“Look at me, I’m drenched in sweat.  I know I’m going to feel sore tomorrow,”  Meghan Hays said.

Recently, Drew Brees said that he wants to play in the NFL for another 10 years.  We asked Vanderkamp his thoughts.

“I think if TRX doesn’t help him do it, nothing else will.  TRX makes you crime fighter strong in every way.”

504 Fit is located at 4500 Magazine Street in Suite 4.

For class schedules and pricing:

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) – Thursday’s practice was feisty. There were a pair of skirmishes. One involved running back Khiry Robinson and linebacker Curtis Lofton. The other, in a pass protection drill, involved rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks and defensive end Cam Jordan.

“It was one of those days where if they didn’t get their mind right, they should have their mind right,” said Jordan. “I think we are going to have bring that type of intensity to work everyday.”

Jordan has been outspoken in his quest for a Super Bowl championship.

A reporter asked him, why be so verbal about it?

“You don’t come to work and say I am going to be mediocre,” said Jordan.

The Saints finished up one week of their first training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The facilities have gotten rave reviews from coaches, players, and staff. And, expansion could be coming as early as next summer.

Two sources say that CEO Jim Justice is planning to turn the artificial practice turf into a roofed, indoor facility. The improvement, costing millions, would be footed by the Greenbrier.

A source said Justice wants to attract Marshall University and West Virginia University to come down and use the facility during spring practice.

Saints center Jonathan Goodwin returned to the team this season, after spending three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Goodwin’s favorite part of the Greenbrier?

“Definitely the hotel bed, I don’t sleep well on the dorm bed. You can tell they put a lot of quality into their beds,” said Goodwin.

Defensive end Cam Jordan said he will train wherever the organization desires.

“It is not 110 degrees outside, and with 100 percent humidity. But, maybe you need that hardship to get you through.”

The Saints scrimmage Saturday. Head coach Sean Payton said it will be full go, but without players getting tackled to the ground.
Practice ended Thursday, with a spectacular one handed catch by wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) – Was he serious? Drew Brees said he was dead serious when he talked about playing in the NFL until he was 45 years old.

Brees turns 36 in January.

“I am not delusional,” Brees told reporters Tuesday at Saints training camp in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“You have to come out and prove yourself every year. But, why not push the envelope a little bit? Crazier things have happened. It is not going to be easy, but I tried to play this game like I was a kid.”

Brees invoked the name of George Blanda, who played in the NFL until age 48 with the Raiders. Blanda played his final nine seasons with Oakland, but he served primarily as a placekicker. He threw only 119 passes as a Raider.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) – Safety Jairus Byrd and rookie offensive tackle Tavon Rooks both practiced for the first time Tuesday. Both were taken off the physically unable to perform list.

Byrd signed a $54 million contract with the club in the the first hours of free agency. But, he did not take part in the team’s off-season workouts after undergoing back surgery.

Byrd would not get into the nature of the surgery. Nor, would he say if the Saints knew of the injury when he signed with the club in March.

“I felt good about coming back,” Byrd told reporters Tuesday. “But, like coach Payton said, I want to be smart about it.”

Byrd did not take part in 11 on 11 team drills, but he did participate in 7 on 7 drills.

“We have a plan for him,” said defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. “Whatever the smart thing to do is what we are going to do. We don’t half ass anything. We make sure he is there. And, when he is up to speed. And, that’s how we do it.”



Meantime, wide receiver Nick Toon has according to head coach Sean Payton, done “very well” at camp. Toon missed all of his rookie season with a foot injury.

In 2013, he caught 4 passes for 68 yards. Toon said it was up to him to earn Drew Brees’ trust.

“Drew, Meach, and Colston they have played together for a long time,” said Toon. “It is important for me to build that trust and be consistent, so Drew can trust me.”

The Saints have an off day Wednesday. They return to practice Thursday.

The team will scrimmage Saturday morning.

The Saints open the preseason at St. Louis against the Rams, Friday night August 8th.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WGNO) –  The Saints have their priorities at training camp. And, high on the list is being a better running team, and stopping the run.

The Saints won 11 regular season games, and a playoff game, despite ranking 25th in rushing yards, and 19th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.

In Monday morning’s inside drill, the Saints offensive line won the day over the Saints defensive line.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was not happy.

“We are not over running *&^*#$,” barked Ryan at his defense.

I asked head coach Sean Payton if being more physical is the key to competing against the best teams in the NFC. Payton was quick to point out that the Saints belong in that group.

“We think we are one of those teams. We played that way in our first playoff game against Philadelphia. And, we really approached the second playoff game the same way. Do we want to improve in those areas? Yes, and we feel like we are one of those teams.”

Payton said at times during the 2013 season, the Saints were unable to run the ball when they wanted.

He said being able to “take that element away is pretty significant.”

In 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl, the Saints were 6th in a 32 team league in rushing.

New Orleans averaged 131.6 yards per game, and 4.5 yards per carry.

In 2013, the Saints averaged 3.8 yards per carry.


At Monday’s practice, it was light jacket weather in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The low temperature Tuesday night is forecast to be 48 degrees. High temps will be in the 70’s or low 80’s the rest of the week.

Line of the day

Payton had the line of the day. A reporter asked, where the Saints were in the camp timeline?

“We are in the tunnel, and there is no light at the of the tunnel,” said Payton.

New Orleans will break the West Virginia portion of camp Thursday August 14th.

Among those not practicing were safety Jairus Byrd, defensive tackle John Jenkins, and offensive tackle Tavon Rooks.

Also missing practice were Robert Meachem (sore back) and guard Ben Grubbs. When asked the nature of Grubbs’ injury, Payton declined to answer.

Even though the Saints have a three year agreement with the Greenbrier, the relationship could last much longer. One of three practice fields is turfed. That field could be enclosed in time for training camp in 2015.