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The protest started almost immediately Thursday night after officials caught Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson punching New Orleans Saints tight end David Thomas. Saints coach Sean Payton called for Woodson to be ejected. So did NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth.

Once the news broke about Colston speculation began to arise that Moss could be a potential target of the Saints to fill the void in his absence. reported today that Moss was spotted at the teams Metairie practice facility. That report has been directly challenged by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

Sean Payton remains confident in the moves the Saints have made to improve their defense, even if he wasn’t particularly happy with the nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns the unit gave up in a season-opening loss at Green Bay.

Despite watching Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers play a near perfect game, surrendering 399 total yards of offense and having a kickoff run back for a touchdown, the Saints were within a yard and a two-point conversion of sending the game to overtime.

Still, the defending AFC champions didn’t want to take any chances, signing the star safety to a contract extension through the 2014 season. The deal is worth $36.5 million with $10.55 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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