Payton: Saints to spend Week 3 at TCU

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have decided to continue practicing at TCU next week in preparation for their Week 3 game at New England before returning to their New Orleans-area headquarters in Week 4, when they will host the New York Giants in the Superdome, coach Sean Payton said Friday.

The Saints have been displaced to the Dallas area since Aug. 28, when they flew on hastily arranged charter flights as Hurricane Ida approached Louisiana's coast as a powerful Category 4 Hurricane that ultimately inflicted widespread damage to homes and knocked out power to the entire New Orleans area for days.

The Saints had to cancel their final preseason game against Arizona on Aug. 28 and held their final few practices of preseason at AT&T Stadium, the home field of the Dallas Cowboys. They moved practices in Week 1 to TCU, where coach Sean Payton's son, Connor, is a student.

Cards, depleted Padres begin key series

The injury-depleted San Diego Padres will call on newly signed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

The Padres added Velasquez (3-6, 5.95 ERA) after the Philadelphia Phillies let him go. He steps into a starting rotation that recently lost Blake Snell (left adductor strain) and Chris Paddock (elbow inflammation) to injuries. (MORE)

Dodgers ride 6-game run into Cincinnati

One team with its ticket just punched to the postseason will be visiting another struggling badly to hang on in the wild-card chase as the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night to open a three-game series.

The two clubs with postseason aspirations enter the weekend series headed in very different directions. (MORE)

Phils, Mets meet clinging to WC hopes

Winning ugly sure beats the alternative. Just ask the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.

The Phillies will hope to build off an unusual win -- and the Mets will be looking to end yet another untimely late-season skid -- when Philadelphia visits New York on Friday in the opener of a three-game series between teams trying to climb back into the National League playoff race. (MORE)

Chubb's status for Broncos-Jags unclear

DENVER (AP) Bradley Chubb will set foot on a high school field in Jacksonville to take stock of a sore ankle that sidelined him for the season opener.

The Denver Broncos plan to carefully monitor the outside linebacker during a walkthrough Saturday to see if the ankle is ready to take the field for the real deal against the Jaguars. Chubb remains listed as questionable after a third straight day of limited practice time. (MORE)

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