Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Saints Nation: Around the NFL

A couple pieces of big news around the league that affect the Saints have been announced in the last 24 hours:

Mammoth Defensive Tackle Maake Kemoeatu of the Saints' bitter rival Carolina Panthers has torn his achilles tendon and is likely out for the season (story HERE). The last time he missed a game was last year against the Giants when the Panthers yielded over 300 yards against the run. You get the idea, this guy is a premiere run stopper and this is a big blow for the Panthers. What's more, they have ZERO depth at DT because they are cap strapped by their $16.7 Franchise tag commitment to Julius Peppers and they didn't sign one single free agent this offseason. Of all people, former LSU Tiger and rookie Marlon Favorite got some time with the starting unit with Kemoeatu out. You never wish for players to get hurt, especially good ones, but this is a tough blow for Carolina and will affect their defense's performance this year.

The NFL upheld it's decision to suspend Bills running back Marshawn Lynch for 3 games this upcoming season (story HERE). Lynch was appealing the suspension in hopes of having it reduced. Good thing it didn't work out, the Saints play the Bills in week 3.

ALL NFC South Team: Saints Nation fans have picked Michael Turner as the running back for the division's best. A new poll is now active (right side of the site) to vote for the best fullback.