In a game that had its share of vicious hits – some flagged; some flagged under dispute – the only Saints player to wind up facing a fine was cornerback Tracy Porter, according to a league source. Porter was hit with a $7.500 fine Friday for hitting a New York Giant out of bounds in New Orleans 49-24 victory last Monday night.
The league average for 2012 cap room now stands right about $105 million. The New Orleans Saints are the only other NFC South team above the league average and they’re only slightly over it. The Saints are at $106 million and let’s remember the Saints almost certainly will be signing Drew Brees to a massive deal at some point.
Suh’s appeal of the suspension handed out earlier this week was denied Friday by Art Shell, jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ association to hear such cases. Suh will miss Sunday’s game at New Orleans and a Dec. 11 home game against Minnesota. He can return for practice on Dec. 12.
Sharper played two seasons with the Saints (2009-10) and was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career. He finished with nine interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV. He missed part of the 2010 season with an injury.
This year, the undefeated Packers and the 8-3 Saints are high rollers in the NFC and now look poised to play each other in January. With a significant amount of time that has passed during the season since theyve last played each other, both teams have obviously grown, gotten better and exceeded expectations. Whats not to say another showdown between these teams wont come this season, this time at what might be The Frozen Tundra.