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New Orleans Saints Complete 2012 NFL Preseason and Training Camp Guide
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The New Orleans Saints enter training camp on July 24 trying to put a long, strange, difficult offseason behind them. They will do so without their head coach (Sean Payton) but thankfully with their franchise quarterback (Drew Brees), who re-signed with the team in a monumental deal on July 13.

The craziness promises to continue as the team will shift from interim coach Joe Vitt throughout training camp and the entirety of the preseason, to Aaron Kromer for six games (he’s actually suspended those six games for his role in "Bountygate") and then back to Vitt in Week 7.

The team will also miss suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma the entire year for his role in the Bountygate scandal, and it will miss veteran defensive end Will Smith the first four games of the year for the same reason.

None of that should shake the Saints’ aspirations of becoming the first team to play in and win a Super Bowl as the host team. The journey to do the incredible, as always, begins in training camp, this year at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana.

Here is everything you want or need to know about the team’s activities prior to the start of the regular season on September 9. 

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