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Mon, 19 May 2003 15:55:54 -0700
ESPNews reports former NFL WR Albert Connell has signed with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fri, 13 Dec 2002 21:33:07 -0800
Brian Schmitz reports for the Orlando Sentinel former NFL WR Albert Connell is looking for a fresh start with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. Connell can't accept people thinking he's a thief. "I haven't done anything wrong," he says. Connell called last season's incident in New Orleans a "prank." "It was a prank," Connell said Friday. "It got blown out of proportion." He was accused of stealing from his teammate, RB Deuce McAllister. Connell said he gave the money back to McAllister each time, and that the two remain friends.
Thu, 17 Oct 2002 05:35:08 -0700
The Miami Herald reports the Miami Dolphins are looking to bring in free agent WRs on Friday for a workout. However, they’ve said they’re not interested in WR Albert Connell (Saints).
Tue, 23 Apr 2002 13:10:36 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports former New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell had theft charges against him dropped following restitution being paid to Saints RB Deuce McAllister. It was alleged that Connell had stolen over $4,363 from McAllister, but Connell said all along it was just a prank. McAllister said he was repaid in December and apprised the district attorney that he wanted the charges against Connell dropped.
Thu, 28 Feb 2002 13:04:24 -0800
NewOrleansSaints.com reports the New Orleans Saints have released WR Albert Connell.
Thu, 28 Feb 2002 12:15:35 -0800
According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, and as an update to previous reports, the New Orleans Saints will cut WR Albert Connell this week. Connell was signed as a free agent last summer.
Sun, 24 Feb 2002 17:14:14 -0800
Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune reports for the Sporting News the New Orleans Saints are not expected to re-sign free agent CB Fred Weary. Also, CB Steve Israel, a bust since signing a $4.5-million deal in 2000, is expected to be released. WR Albert Connell and his off-the-field issues are all but gone and as previously reported QB Jeff Blake is also expected to be released.
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 18:11:16 -0800
The AP reports a decision whether felony charges will be filed against New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell will be made in the next few weeks, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Connell was arrested and booked in December for allegedly stealing more than $4,000 from teammate Deuce McAllister. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $3,000 fine if formally charged and convicted. Peter Schaffer, Connell's agent, refused to comment on Tuesday and said Connell would have no comment. Connell repaid the money taken from McAllister.
Fri, 28 Dec 2001 19:24:24 -0800
Updating an earlier story, John Clayton reports for ESPN New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell surrendered Friday after authorities issued arrest warrants for two counts of alleged theft. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee issued no other comment about the case. "We are fully aware of the circumstances surrounding this,’’ said his attorney, Peter Schaffer. "We’re completely confident he’s going to be exonerated. He’s looking forward to getting back to playing in the NFL and rooting for the Saints.’’
Fri, 28 Dec 2001 15:27:59 -0800
Associated Press reports two arrest warrants for New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell were issued on Friday. He allegedly stole more than $4,000 from teammate Deuce McAllister. The first warrant alleges he took $863 from McAllister's locker, the second alleges he took $3,500 from McAllister's car. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $3,000 fine.
Tue, 18 Dec 2001 11:00:10 -0800
New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett said today that he isn't sure if the team will fill their open roster spot, which was left open with the recent Albert Connell saga. Haslett said if there's someone out there that can help them, then they'd look to fill it.
Mon, 17 Dec 2001 13:51:57 -0800
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports New Orleans WR Albert Connell has indeed been suspended for the final four games of the year without pay by the team for conduct detrimental to the team. The Saints are talking with Connell and his agent about returning $1 million of his signing bonus. Connell reportedly was caught stealing from a teammate in the locker room.
Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:48:12 -0800
ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have suspended WR Albert Connell for the remainder of the season.
Mon, 17 Dec 2001 11:07:49 -0800
The Times Picayune reports with the New Orleans Saints deactivating WR Albert Connell, WRs Robert Wilson and Wane McGarity have move up on the depth chart at the receiver position.
Fri, 14 Dec 2001 07:52:18 -0800
As a follow up to previous reports, NewOrleansSaints.com reports GM Randy Mueller said on Thursday that WR Albert Connell won't play this weekend but he is still on the team's roster. Mueller isn't sure how everything's going to play out, but he said the team had had some discussions with Connell's agent this week. Mueller called the issues personal in nature so they'd remain "in house" and he doesn't plan to elaborate on them but said he would announce if something changed in Connell's status with the team. He noted he believes it's safe to say things may not work out this year, but once again they haven't crossed that bridge yet nor do they have a time table set on him. "I don't think that releasing him is an option," Mueller said, as salary cap issues would exist.
Thu, 13 Dec 2001 20:28:07 -0800
The Associated Press reports New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett said earlier today WR Albert Connell will not play for the team again. "He will not be on the field again this year," Haslett said. "Obviously, Albert has some issues he is dealing with," said Saints GM Randy Mueller. "And we probably have some issues with Albert."
Thu, 13 Dec 2001 17:36:04 -0800
NewOrleansSaints.com reports New Orleans Saints GM Randy Mueller said WR Albert Connell remains on the team's roster. However, because of personal issues both he and the team mutually decided it would be best if he wasn't with the team this week.
Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:24:18 -0800
Jeff Duncan reports for the Times-Picayune that New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell's future with the team is undecided right now, but team officials are considering several options that could bring an end to his career with the team. If the team cut him, he'd cost $2 million against next year's salary cap. It appears there was a heated incident between Connell and head coach Jim Haslett last week. His locker was reportedly empty on Monday.
Tue, 11 Dec 2001 19:39:05 -0800
John Clayton reports for ESPN there are rumblings although he has not cleared out his locker, it appears New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell may have violated team rules to cause him to be inactive last week. A team suspension is possible this week.
Mon, 10 Dec 2001 08:46:31 -0800
The Sun Herald reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell was benched on Sunday, sent to the sidelines as an inactive for the game. It was because the team dressed TE Cam Cleeland as their third tight end and Connell had a bad week of practice. After signing a five-year, $14 million deal with the Saints during the off-season, Connell is now no better than the fourth-best receiver on roster. Head coach Jim Haslett said he made the decision off what he saw in practice.
Wed, 07 Nov 2001 18:13:43 -0800
NewOrleansSaints.com reports WR Albert Connell has once again regained the team's No. 3 WR slot. "Since moving him down, Albert's done everything right," coach Jim Haslett said. Connell was the No. 4 WR last week, but he worked as the No. 3 WR in practice today.
Thu, 01 Nov 2001 08:06:32 -0800
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell is not happy about being demoted to the team's No. 4 WR spot, but he understands it. Robert Wilson replaced Connell in three-receiver sets against St. Louis and will keep the job for Sunday night's game against the New York Jets, coach Jim Haslett said. The Saints hope the recent demotion will serve as a wake-up call for the talented WR.
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 14:24:14 -0700
ESPNews reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell (low glucose level) returned to practice on Thursday.
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 13:13:00 -0700
ESPN reports, updating an earlier story, New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell was treated and released after doctors found he was suffering from a low glucose level. Saints head coach Jim Haslett said he expects Connell to resume practice today. "He wasn't feeling well and hasn't been eating a lot," Haslett told the Times-Picayune. "He was dizzy and just fell down. But he's going to be fine."
Wed, 19 Sep 2001 22:53:04 -0700
The Sun Herald reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell left practice on Wednesday. He was not injured, he just didn't feel well. "He was up talking and (said he) had a headache, but I'm not sure what happened," Saints coach Jim Haslett said. "He was walking along and said he didn't feel good and just fell down." Connell went to a nearby hospital for tests.
Thu, 06 Sep 2001 07:54:26 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett said Wednesday WR Willie Jackson and CB Kevin Mathis will start against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Haslett said Jackson has temporarily supplanted Albert Connell as the No. 2 WR. "But like I told them, this isn't a permanent thing," Haslett said. "Two weeks from now, it could change. Willie and Albert understand this." Rookie WR/KR/PR Michael Lewis is expected to open as the No. 1 kick- and punt-returner against Buffalo.
Tue, 04 Sep 2001 05:37:18 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett said Monday the team is expected to be at full strength for Sunday's opening game. WRs Joe Horn and Albert Connell, DT Norman Hand, DE Darren Howard, CBs Kevin Mathis and Steve Israel and G Wally Williams all practiced during the Saints two-hour workout Monday in the Superdome. All worked with the starting units except Israel and Connell. Israel is not quite 100 percent yet and Connell is currently behind WR Willie Jackson on the depth chart.
Sun, 02 Sep 2001 09:13:40 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints CBs Steve Israel and Kevin Mathis and WR Albert Connell played for the first time this pre-season. Each played about 20 snaps and reported no major setbacks from their injuries. Mathis started at left corner and played four series in his first action since spraining his left knee during the first week of training camp. Connell, recovering from a hamstring problem, started and played most of the first half with the first- and second-team offense. He had one catch. Israel played most of the second and third quarters. WR Joe Horn (ribs) did not play. DT Norman Hand, DE Darren Howard and CB Fred Thomas along with RB Ricky Williams and OL Wally Williams sat out the game. All six are expected to be back for the season opener next Sunday.
Sat, 01 Sep 2001 08:11:17 -0700
The Sun Herald reports staying healthy and final cuts are the two things the New Orleans Saints are thinking about the most heading into today's pre-season finale. Coach Jim Haslett should get his first look at WR Albert Connell. He'll play for the first time in the pre-season after missing the first three games because of a hamstring injury. WR Joe Horn (ribs) probably won't play. DT Norman Hand won't play today because of an Achilles' tendon injury.
Fri, 31 Aug 2001 08:54:30 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn (ribs) returned to practice on Thursday. WR Albert Connell, who missed most of training camp with a pulled hamstring, continues to practice with no ill effects. DEs Darren Howard (bruised ribs) and Bobby Setzer (neck) and DT Norman Hand (strained Achilles') rode stationary bikes.
Thu, 30 Aug 2001 05:31:20 -0700
The Sun Herald reports the New Orleans Saints are becoming increasingly concerned with WR Joe Horn's rib injury. "I don't know what Joe's situation is," coach Jim Haslett said after practice Wednesday. As reported previously, the team is pursuing another WR at this time. Horn continues to struggle with a rib injury that has everyone perplexed. Haslett said if the season started today, Horn would not be ready to go. WR Albert Connell said he is about 90 percent ready. Rookie WR Onomo Ojo's slow pickup of the Saints version of the West Coast offense may have the team bringing in another wideout for insurance.
Thu, 30 Aug 2001 05:16:06 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints GM Randy Mueller is looking to upgrade at WR, via trade, free agency or the waiver wire. Some possibilities include Kevin Johnson (Cleveland), Ron Dugans (Cincinnati), Jerry Porter (Oakland), Chris Cole (Denver), Dameane Douglas (Philadelphia) and Todd Pinkston (Philadelphia). Reportedly the Cleveland Browns are willing to deal Johnson, for a third-round draft pick. The Saints brass remains concerned over injured WRs Albert Connell and Joe Horn. Haslett said if the Saints are going to succeed this season, Horn, Albert Connell, Willie Jackson and Robert Wilson have to stay healthy and contribute consistently.
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 15:37:33 -0700
Paul Corliss reports for NewOrleansSaints.com that New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell (hamstring) is set to hit the field after missing time due to injury problems. Head coach Jim Haslett stated Connell will play this weekend. "It's nice to get our starters out there," Haslett said. Connell hasn't played in a pre-season game yet this year but feels his leg is about 90% healthy now and continuing to improve daily.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 23:14:17 -0700
The Advocate reports in addition to the previously reported injury to DT Norman Hand, New Orleans Saints starting WRs Joe Horn (ribs) and Albert Connell (hamstring) were in uniform, but they did not play in tonight's game. They were replaced in the starting lineup by Robert Wilson and Willie Jackson. Also out tonight were: CB Kevin Mathis (knee), CB Steve Israel (quadriceps), TE Boo Williams (shoulder), DE Willie Whitehead (calf), G Blaine Saipaia (knee), G Albert Traylor (groin), and OT Damon Nivens (knee). Defensive line coach Sam Clancy was back on the Saints sideline after a quick recovery from a mild heart attack.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 09:39:49 -0700
The Times Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WRs Albert Connell (hamstring) and Joe Horn (ribs) will be game-time decisions tonight, coach Jim Haslett said. CB Steve Israel (hamstring) will not play. DE Willie Whitehead, CB Kevin Mathis and OL Blaine Saipaia, Damon Nivens and Albert Traylor will also sit out.
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 08:49:07 -0700
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Joe Horn (ribs), WR Albert Connell (hamstring) and CB Kevin Mathis (strained MCL) returned to practice Monday. Mathis was back in pads, but did not participate in contact drills. CB Steve Israel (quadriceps) also worked out Monday.
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 22:34:22 -0700
The Sun Herald reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell (hamstring) will not play against Dallas this week. Connell has a strained hamstring and coach Jim Haslett points to the torn hamstring that will keep Seattle CB Shawn Springs out for two months as his main reason for being cautious. "I want to make sure that he is healthy," Haslett said.
Mon, 13 Aug 2001 23:03:55 -0700
The Advocate reports the following New Orleans Saints missed Monday's practice due to injuries: WR Joe Horn (bruised ribs), CB Kevin Mathis (knee), CB Steve Israel (quadriceps), TE Cam Cleeland (calf), WR Albert Connell (hamstring), TE Dave Stachelski (concussion), RB Chad Morton (hip contusion), LB Brian Williams (turf toe), G Tutan Reyes (turf toe), DR Willie Whitehead (calf), G Albert Traylor (groin) and G Blaine Saipaia (knee). CB Michael Hawthorne, filling in for Mathis as a starter, left practice just before it ended with an injury to his right hand or fingers. There was no report on the severity of the injury.
Fri, 10 Aug 2001 12:23:03 -0700
Ricky Zeller reports for NewOrleansSaints.com the following players will not make the trip to San Antonio to play against the Vikings Saturday night: CB Steve Israel, CB Kevin Mathis, LB Brian Williams, DT Albert Traylor, OL Tutan Reyes, TE Johnny Mitchell, WR Albert Connell, TE Cam Cleeland and DE Willie Whitehead.
Sat, 04 Aug 2001 22:17:49 -0700
The Advocate reports the following New Orleans Saints players sat out Saturday's scrimmage: DE Joe Johnson (ankle), WR Albert Connell (hamstring), CB Kevin Mathis (knee), TE Johnny Mitchell (hamstring), LB Brian Williams (turf toe), CB Steve Israel (quadriceps), DE Willie Whitehead (calf) and DE Bobby Setzer (neck spasms).
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 19:42:12 -0700
Steve Wiseman reports for the Sun Herald New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell (right hamstring injury) worked some during the first hour of practice before sitting out the rest of the workout. Coach Jim Haslett said that was the plan as Connell attempts to recover from the nagging injury.
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 06:49:48 -0700
The Times-Picayune reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell continues to be a bystander at training camp due to a nagging hamstring injury. "It's not my choice," Connell said between workouts Monday. "I want to practice, but coach and them are holding me out, because they don't want me to rush it." Saints Coach Jim Haslett said there is no cause for alarm, and Connell might be back in uniform for Friday's two workouts against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville, Florida.
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 17:26:52 -0700
Paul Corliss reports for Neworleanssaints.com the New Orleans Saints held only one practice session on Sunday. WR Albert Connell missed the session with a sore right hamstring. He had an ice pack wrapped around his hamstring. DE Willie Whitehead also missed practice with a calf injury.
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 09:12:56 -0700
According to the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell made it through his first Saints practice a little tired. "The heat got to me a little bit today," Connell said. "It's hot (90 degrees), but I'll get used to it. I'm a little bit out of shape because of my hamstring (injury)." Connell is happy with the quick tempo of practice and he is looking forward to the season and the winning attitude the team portrays.
Fri, 27 Jul 2001 10:46:30 -0700
Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune, reports for the Sporting News, New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell is expected to be at 100% for training camp. Connell strained his hamstring at the team's last mini-camp.
Fri, 29 Jun 2001 13:23:00 -0700
Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports for the Sporting News that New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell has had a tough time adjusting to the Saints offense this off-season. He's made a few big plays, but has shown a tendency for dropping the ball in practice. Just as he was starting to turn things around, he suffered a hamstring injury during the final mini-camp.
Sat, 23 Jun 2001 12:50:18 -0700
The Advocate reports New Orleans Saints WR Albert Connell pulled a hamstring during yesterday's practice and wasn't able to participate in the afternoon workouts.
Sun, 29 Apr 2001 15:59:49 -0700
The Times-Picayune's Jeff DeShazier reports WR Albert Connell's addition to the New Orleans Saints offense has the team excited about making their offense more potent than it was a year ago. Connell averaged 19.9 yards per catch last season and 18.3 the year before. Head coach Jim Haslett stated he feels Connell has all of the skills necessary to be an "All-Pro wideout."
Fri, 27 Apr 2001 02:00:45 -0700
Sheldon Mickels reports for the Advocate the New Orleans Saints start a three-day mini-camp later today. Coach Jim Haslett and his staff are expecting 82 players to be on hand for the start of the mini-camp. Among the players who will be on hand are the Saints prize off-season free agent acquisitions, WR Albert Connell and FS Jay Bellamy. All seven players selected in the NFL draft last weekend will be on hand as well. Six players QB Jeff Blake (foot), MLB Charlie Clemons (Achilles' tendon), TE Cam Cleeland (Achilles tendon) and CB Fred Weary (ACL) are all recovering from surgery. FB Terrelle Smith, who had a herniated disc in his back, and LB Darrin Smith, who recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia will also sit it out.
Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:52:41 -0700
Jeff Duncan reports for the Times Picayune that New Orleans Saints GM Randy Mueller places a high premium on speedy players. During the off-season, Mueller addressed some of the speed concerns the team has by signing WR Albert Connell and S Jay Bellamy. Now, in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Saints are likely to try and add more speedy players to the team. Mueller stated he'd like to see more speed at the RB and WR positions.