Saints resume preparations for Chicago Bears following Hurricane Zeta


The Saints are set to resume preparations for this weekend’s matchup with the Chicago Bears Thursday following Hurricane Zeta.

The storm hit Louisiana’s coast with near Category 3-strength winds and left hundreds of thousands in the New Orleans area without power.

Saints coach Sean Payton said New Orleans’ practice facility, the Ochsner Sports Performance Center lost power but that the team was able to resume meetings via backup generators.

The team will also adjust Thursday’s practice schedule, slightly, as players were sent home early Wednesday due to the storm.

“We pushed practice back a little bit to get more film in order to get everyone home after practice yesterday and so we'll catch up on that film this morning,” Payton said. “The power went out here, generators came on, they worked and we got our work done. Things have been pretty smooth here."

Saints players said Wednesday that other than being sent home early, this week has been pretty standard.

“We did the meetings and practice like how we usually would and just went home earlier, and some meetings that we were supposed to have this afternoon we pushed to tomorrow, but it was a pretty typical day from that standpoint,” Saints offensive lineman Andrus Peat said Wednesday, “I really wasn't thinking about it. I was kind of going through my day, preparing for practice, as usual."

New Orleans heads to Chicago Sunday to face the Bears at 3:25 p.m.