Saints plan on staying put, but monitoring Hurricane Sally

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Hurricane Sally is currently making its way toward the Gulf Coast and the New Orleans Saints are keeping a close eye on the storm as they prepare to travel to Las Vegas for a Week 2 matchup with the Raiders.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday he and the team’s executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis have discussed the team’s plans with regards to the storm.

“Our plan, unless we’re told otherwise, is to stay put,” Payton said. “It’s a later week, schedule-wise. Obviously we’re paying attention to it and you know, obviously, that can change but our current plan is to stay put with really the first work day, the first big practice day for our guys, this week is Thursday.”

The Saints on a normal week would be off Tuesday and practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. New Orleans usually pushes its practice schedule back a day when playing Monday night matchups like the Week 2 game at Las Vegas.

The Monday Night Football matchup will be the first NFL game played in the Raiders new home, Allegiant Stadium. Like the Saints’ season opener, this game will also be played without fans in attendance.

Payton said he hadn’t given much thought to what it’d be like playing in a new NFL city.

“My understanding is the stadium is fantastic,” Payton said. “It’ll be unusual that the first game will be without fans. We’ll get adjusted like we did the other day…”