The New Orleans Saints don’t anticipate heading back home anytime soon

The New Orleans Saints don’t anticipate heading back home anytime soon

Hurricane Ida is forcing the Saints to stay in Texas to practice for the new season

The havoc wreaked by Hurricane Ida in South Louisiana over the weekend has made it impossible for the New Orleans Saints to return home. The team held practice yesterday at their temporary home in Dallas and hope the weather situation improves over the next few days to consider flying back. While it is true that Sean Payton, the team’s head coach, said that no damage had been reported at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, LA, he does not believe the team will return home during the next week, especially since there are still widespread power outages and other damage throughout the region.

So far, Payton said he has no idea what the status of the Caesars Superdome is, and therefore does not know what will happen with the Saints’ Week 1 home opener, when they face the Green Bay Packers on September 12. “Obviously we’ll have a Plan B,” Payton said. “There are a lot of other things probably from a priority standpoint that are more important for our city. But that all being said, we fully anticipate starting the regular season with Green Bay, and then the question would be where that game is at. [But] I don’t see it being in Green Bay.”

The Saints, along with owner Gayle Benson and other staff and family members, were evacuated last Saturday via two commercial aircraft. So far, they will remain practicing inside the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium for the first three days of the week. The players were supposed to have a four-day break beginning Thursday, but now there’s no real word on what will happen. Payton and veteran players Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis emphasized the well-being and safety of everyone’s family located in the New Orleans plow. It is well known that these weather disasters are uncontrollable and the most that can be done is to pull together for a speedy recovery of the city.

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