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Chicago Bears' Zach Miller In Danger of Losing Leg After Gruesome Injury

10/30/2017 6:21 AM PDT
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The horrific leg injury Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller suffered on Sunday was so bad, surgeons were scrambling to "save his leg" ... according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen

Miller badly dislocated his left knee while trying to catch a TD pass in the 3rd quarter against the New Orleans Saints. He came down on the leg wrong and Miller knew right away the injury was bad. 

Now, Mortensen says Miller suffered damage to an artery in his leg  -- and vascular surgeons have been called in to repair it.

Mortensen says Miller already underwent emergency surgery on Sunday to "save the leg"-- but he's not sure if that means he's in danger of having the leg amputated ... or just losing functionality.

'AGT's' Jon Dorenbos 'Resting Comfortably' After Heart Surgery

9/13/2017 10:38 AM PDT
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New Orleans Saints long snapper and star magician Jon Dorenbos is "resting comfortably" after open-heart surgery on Tuesday -- this according to Dorenbos' former NFL coach.

Dorenbos -- who crushed it on "America's Got Talent" -- was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm during his physical for the Saints last week ... which prompted the emergency surgery.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave an update on his ex-player's condition, saying, "Everything went well yesterday with surgery and he's resting comfortably."

"Just wish him and his family well, our prayers are with him and hope for a speedy recovery."

The NFL vet shared a video of his friends and family before going under the knife, saying, "Thank you to my beautiful amazing wife, my family, my friends and videos like this. This brought out some tears. I feel the love and support."

Get well soon, Jon!

AGT's Jon Dorenbos Major Heart Issue Discovered ... During NFL Physical

9/8/2017 7:44 AM PDT
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A trade to the New Orleans Saints may have saved Jon Dorenbos' life -- because the longsnapper just learned he has a very serious heart condition that was discovered during a team physical. 

Dorenbos -- who dominated as a magician on "America's Got Talent" -- was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Saints back in August and had to undergo a medical exam as part of the deal. 

Saints coach Sean Payton just told the media ... doctors discovered the 2-time Pro Bowl player had an aortic aneurysm that will require immediate heart surgery. 

Payton says, "It's a pretty serious condition."

Dorenbos is 37 years old -- and the news could signal the end of his NFL career -- but who cares as long as he gets healthy.

#GetWellSoon

Adrian Peterson Will Be a Great Backup ... Says Deuce McAllister

4/27/2017 6:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

New Orleans Saints legend Deuce McAllister says he's fired up about Adrian Peterson joining the squad -- because he'll be an excellent addition ... as a backup.

The Saints just finalized a 2 year, $7 mil contract with the future Hall of Famer -- but it doesn't guarantee he'll start. In fact, when we asked Deuce who's number one on the depth chart, it ain't AP.

"It's Mark Ingram, it's not even a question."

For his part, Ingram's handling Peterson's addition the right way in the media saying, "I'm all about winning, man. If this will help us win, I'm all about winning. I'm all for it."

Willie Roaf Manziel To The Saints Is Great ... If He Can Handle New Orleans

3/24/2017 3:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Saints Hall of Famer Willie Roaf says he's all for Johnny Manziel taking his talents to the Bayou ... as long as he's ready for the nonstop party that is New Orleans.

There are reports Manziel has been in contact with Saints coach Sean Payton recently, leading some to wonder if there are plans for JM to be the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

Roaf was an 11-time Pro Bowler for the Saints, and when we talked to him about Manziel possibly ending up there, Roaf was in favor of the second chance, but not without warning.

"I think the kid is still young. He has a lot of potential. Hopefully he has his issues under control ... New Orleans is a tough city, it's a lotta nightlife, a lotta drinking."

Roaf goes on to say he believes Johnny can be successful as a Saint, as long as the staff keeps a tight leash on him.

As for what Willie is doing these days -- he told us all about the AWESOME company he's starting with some fellow NFL greats now that their playing days are over.

Jagged Edge Boots NFL's Nick Fairley From Show 'Get Your Big Ass Off the Stage, N**ga'

3/10/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A live war broke out between beloved R&B group Jagged Edge and NFL star Nick Fairley -- when the Saints star hijacked their concert ... and the singers told him to get his "big ass" off the stage.

It went down Feb. 24 at the Grand Marshal's Ball -- a Mardi Gras event in Fairley's hometown of Mobile, Alabama -- where Nick was the Grand Marshal and Jagged Edge was the featured entertainment.

But when JE took the stage, all hell broke loose because the 6'4", 300-pound defensive lineman refused to get off ... and the singers felt he was disrespecting them. 

Security was called in ... but Fairley still wouldn't leave. You can hear people yelling at Fairley to go. At one point, a frustrated Jagged Edge says, "You want the mic? You can have this show my n**ga."

JE cut the session short and a full scale melee almost erupted when members of Fairley's family stormed the stage ... one yelled into the mic, "F**k Jagged Edge!" 

BTW -- Nick JUST re-signed with the Saints for a reported $30 million ... so all that rushing seems to be paying off. Just keep it on the field big fella.

NFL's Mark Ingram HUNTS 600 POUND HOG

2/10/2017 10:59 AM PST
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Saints RB Mark Ingram won the Super Bowl of hunting this week, popping a GIGANTIC 600 LB BOAR during a hunt in Tennessee ... and his NFL pals were definitely impressed. 

Ingram bagged the beast at the Spartan Hunting Preserve in Grandview, Tennessee earlier this week -- and claims he took it down in one shot.

The picture is CRAZY ... Mark is a 210 pound NFL player, and he basically looks like a toddler standing next to the outstretched boar.

Ingram's former Alabama teammate, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, could barely believe it.  

Congressman to Drew Brees: 'I'll Chair Your Political Campaign ... Seriously'

1/31/2017 9:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Brees is getting some HUGE support for his possible political career -- with one of Louisiana's most powerful politicians offering to chair Drew's campaign in the state. 

We spoke with U.S. House of Representatives member Dr. Ralph Abraham -- who's been serving the 5th district of Louisiana since 2015 -- and he LOVES that Drew is considering a career in Washington after his playing days are over.

"Drew Brees led the Saints to a Super Bowl win; he can lead our nation to prosperity," Abraham told TMZ Sports in a statement.

"I’ll even chair his campaign in the 24 parishes I represent."

He added, "In all seriousness, I don’t know what Drew’s politics are, but it doesn’t matter. He’s demonstrated incredible character and class in New Orleans, and the world of politics could use a lot more folks like that."

Drew Brees Considering Political Career ... Shoots Down Sean Payton Trade Rumors

1/31/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Peyton Manning might not be the only superstar NFL quarterback in Washington ... Drew Brees tells TMZ Sports he's also open to the idea of running for office after he hangs up the cleats. 

The 38-year-old QB is like a living God in New Orleans and is incredibly involved in the community -- so, when we saw him at LAX, we asked if he'd thought about politics after his days with the Saints are over. 

"It won't be the first thing I do, but I'm not gonna rule it out," Brees told us. 

There's a lot more in this clip ... Brees also praises Matt Ryan ("deserves to be the MVP") and addresses the Sean Payton trade rumors -- essentially telling us he ain't going nowhere!!! 

Drew Brees Arrives To Will Smith Murder Trial With Ex-Saints Teammates

12/6/2016 10:37 AM PST
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Will Smith's ex-Saints teammates, including Drew Brees, are in the courtroom as proceedings began in his murder case.

Witness testimony in the second degree murder case against Cardell Hayes began Tuesday ... and Brees and Steve Gleason were on hand to see it.

FYI -- Smith was shot and killed on April 9th in New Orleans ... after an alleged road rage incident involving Hayes.

Another ex-Saint, Deuce McAllister, was also on hand, but was actually part of the trial ... being called as the state of Louisiana's first witness.

No word on whether or not either Brees or Gleason would be called as character witnesses for Smith ... as of now, they're just spectators.

NFL's Damian Swann Arrest Video Please Don't Bust Me ... I PLAY FOR THE SAINTS!

9/2/2016 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports obtained police footage from the night NFL cornerback Damian Swann was arrested in Georgia in which he throws a serious Hail Mary ... asking the cop to give him a break because he plays for the New Orleans Saints!

The 23-year-old was pulled over in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on March 18th -- with passenger Rico Johnson (an ex-Georgia football player) when cops said he was going 100 in a 65.

Swann told cops he had a firearm in his pocket and another gun in his car (Glock .380 and a S+W .40) -- but that didn't seem to be a problem as he had a valid Concealed Carry Permit.

But when the cop tells Swann he needs to take him into custody, the NFL player did everything he could to try to talk the officer out of it ... to no avail.

Swann also had a bunch of cash on him and a condom ... the cop told him he wouldn't need the condom in jail.

Drew Brees Surprises Special Needs Kid ... Is Best Guy Ever

5/17/2016 7:40 AM PDT

Try not to cry ... we dare you.

Drew Brees continues to show what a sensational human being he is ... this time surprising a special needs kid in Shreveport, Louisiana ... and totally bringing the brave little tyke to tears. 

Brees was in town for a speaking engagement when he stopped into Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar -- a restaurant he co-owns -- and was told there was a huge Saints fan in the building.

The fan -- 10-year-old Hunter Glass -- is battling cerebral palsy and was completely overcome with emotion when he came face-to-face with his idol ... you gotta see it.

We told you you'd cry.

KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

NFL Players Association Offers Counseling To Will Smith's Ex-Teammates

4/12/2016 9:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL Players Association has reached out to several of Will Smith's former NFL teammates to offer support and professional counseling to help with the grieving process. 

TMZ Sports spoke with NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis who says the Assoc. wants to do everything in its power to help players who may be taking the death especially hard. 

"We're here to support the players. We've been in contact with the players and their reps. Counseling is available."

Smith played 9 seasons in the NFL -- all of them with the Saints (he did spend some time with the Patriots but never played in a game for them). 

Francis says the NFLPA also plans on reaching out to Smith's family -- but doesn't want to bother them until they've had time to grieve. 

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