Unless you're NFL legend Ronnie Lott ... you can't feel Rashad Johnson's pain -- but you can see it ... 'cause now there's a photo of the incredibly gruesome finger injury the NFL safety suffered Sunday.
If you haven't heard ... the Arizona Cardinals player crushed his left middle finger during the game against the New Orleans Saints -- but didn't realize he'd actually lost the tip until he took off his glove ... and partial digit was left behind.
Late Monday ... Johnson tweeted a pic of the photo, saying ... "Blessed to be able to still go out and do what I love this season. #thankful #trulyblessed"
Yes, he's planning to play this weekend -- which will seem even more amazing once you see the pic of the bloody finger (if you dare).
The NFL Is Far from Fixing Concussion Problem
2/27/2013 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Long-term brain damage remains a serious issue among NFL players ... and the league still has LOTS of work to do in order to fix it ... so says New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.
Brees said, "I think it's a major issue. It's something that we need to continue to put research [into] and treatment protocols at the forefront to try to find ways to treat guys that have those long-term head and neck injuries when they leave this game."
He added, "It is definitely a serious problem."
You'll recall, pro football has recently come under intense scrutiny for its long-term health risks -- following the high-profile suicides of several NFL stars like Junior Seau. The deaths have been attributed to a brain disease stemming from injuries the players sustained during their careers.
Last week, Adrian Peterson -- one of the greatest running backs of all time -- said he would never let his son play the game.
Even President Obama has said he would have to think twice about whether he would let a son of his play football due to the health risks.
The NFL has diverted a lot of resources to address the problem ... but not much has been done ... and the players are getting pissed. 2,700 players have already sued the league, claiming the NFL intentionally kept the long-term dangers of playing football a secret.
New Orleans Saints' Players
We Got Egged
by Falcons Fans
11/29/2012 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The New Orleans Saints got a rude and messy welcome to Atlanta last night ... as airport workers hurled eggs at a charter bus carrying the team!
The smelly assault went down moments after the Saints got off the plane in Atlanta and boarded a bus. Officials at Atlanta's airport confirm that eggs were thrown at the bus as it drove off the tarmac.
Several Saints players, including star tight end Jimmy Graham, blamed airport workers for the incident.
Graham tweeted ...
Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 29, 2012
Airport officials say they are scrambling to find out who's unleashed the eggy hell.
The Saints flew in for tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons -- and we're guessing the egg culprits are big fans of the dirty birds.
Fun fact: Eggs can really mess up your paint job, guys.
Full Serve Gas is a RIP
Even for a $100 Mil Man
7/17/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees just signed a deal worth roughly $100 million ... and he still REFUSES to let anyone else pump his gas. #fullserviceisforsnobs.
Brees was rollin' through New Orleans yesterday when he decided to fill up his SUV ... and whipped out his cell phone at the same time ... a cardinal sin at most gas stations because some people believe the static electricity from the phone can ignite gas vapors and cause an explosion!!
But before you freak out about Brees ... don't ... because according to the FCC, the cell phone thing is completely unsubstantiated.
The FCC website states, "Scientific testing has not established a dangerous link between wireless phones and fuel vapors."
"The wireless industry has done studies on the potential for wireless phones to create sparks that could possibly ignite flammable materials. The studies generally conclude that while it may be theoretically possible for a spark from a cell phone battery to ignite gas vapor under very precise conditions, there is no documented incident where the use of a wireless phone was found to cause a fire or explosion at a gas station."
The more you know.
Sean Payton to Hot Blonde
I've Got a Bounty
... ON THAT ASS!
7/10/2012 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's suspended from the NFL ... his marriage is crumbling ... but former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is bumpin' and grindin' away his pain in the Bahamas with a hot blonde -- and TMZ has the footage.
The disgraced Super Bowl champ was hanging out at the nightclub at the Atlantis Resort last Friday ... hittin' the dance floor HARD.
After spending some time gettin' funky with himself, Payton posted up behind a hot blonde lady ... before the two disappeared into the crowd.
Payton recently filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, citing "discord or conflict of personalities."
We called Payton for comment on the dance video -- so far, no word back.
5/27/2010 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was rushed to a local hospital earlier today after an incident at the team's practice facility, TMZ has confirmed.
According to local reports, Shockey was suffering from "seizure-like symptoms" while inside the team weight room.
A league source told WGNO that Shockey was able to walk to the waiting ambulance without assistance.
Shockey was hospitalized right around this time last year after he was found unconscious at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. A rep said at the time Shockey was "dehydrated."
UPDATE: The Saints coach has announced that Shockey will stay at the hospital overnight.
Meanwhile, Shockey just tweeted that he is "OK."
Swings Both Ways ...
4/29/2010 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is known for throwing the long ball -- but he can also hit 'em deep ... from both sides of the plate.
It all went down during a charity event in Louisiana called the "NFL vs. SWAT Softball Showdown" -- which Brees and his fellow Saints barely lost by a score of 18-17 ... despite the Super Bowl MVP smashing 3 homers during the game.
Brees dominated the home run derby though -- hitting 'em as a righty and a lefty ... and busting out an awesome moonwalk during his homer trot.
Clearly the Madden Curse doesn't apply to softball...
You've Been Cursed!
4/22/2010 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hopefully, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was enjoying his last moments of free will yesterday -- 'cause he's about to become a slave to the most evil hex of all time ... the "Madden Curse."
As Brees arrived in New York yesterday, the Super Bowl hero told us that getting another NFL championship is "always the plan." But his plan seems unrealistic now -- because later today, Drew will be announced as the Madden 11 cover boy.
If you're unfamiliar with the Madden legend ... horrible things always happen to the players who make the cover of the video game. Just ask Troy Polamalu ...the Madden 10 cover boy who sustained a devastating knee injury in week 1 last year.
Other victims include Marshall Faulk, Ray Lewis, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander ... and of course Michael Vick.
Good thing Saints fans don't believe in superstitions ...
UPDATE: Brees has already weighed in on the curse, saying "Destiny is more powerful than a curse. Whatever is meant to be will happen. Faith."
Picks Up New
$4.8 Mil Pad
3/1/2010 2:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Carl's Jr. salads must be selling by the truckload -- 'cause Kim Kardashian just scored a new $4.8 million mansion.
Sources tell TMZ that Kim's new pad is a Mediterranean villa located in Beverly Hills. The house has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, a grand two-story entry, formal living room and dining room -- each with their own fireplaces.
We're told Reggie Bush is planning on moving into the 4,000 square foot pad -- and with that much space, half of the New Orleans Saints could crash too.
New Orleans Saints
Caught in Clothing War
2/28/2010 2:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is named in a brand new lawsuit, all centered around the motivational phrase he used to propel his team to win the Super Bowl -- "Finish Strong."
After the Saints won the big game, Reebok began making shirts featuring the catchphrase -- problem is, another clothing company claims they already own the trademark to those words.
According to legal papers filed in Illinois, the Finish Strong clothing company claims Brees only started using the phrase after he read the Finish Strong book, penned by the company's founder.
Now, Finish Strong is going after Reebok -- claiming they violated their trademark ... and they want the judge to make Reebok fork over every cent they made off the "Finish Strong" slogan.
Calls to Reebok were not returned.
Reveals Secret Saints Battle Cry
2/10/2010 2:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drew Brees finally blew the lid off the secret he closely guarded during the New Orleans Saints' championship season -- dude revealed the words to the mysterious pre-game chant.
It all went down late last night at a Big Easy bar called Lucy's -- Drew took the mic and explained that because the team had won the Super Bowl, he could finally let everyone in on their private ritual.
Check out the video -- if it doesn't fire you up ... you must be a Colts fan.