Saints 5-game preseason schedule released

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints' 5-game preseason schedule includes four AFC opponents.

The Saints already had been selected to play the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio, which opens the NFL preseason.

The rest of New Orleans' schedule, released on Wednesday, includes a game at New England, home dates with Jacksonville and Houston and another road contest at Tennessee.

Dates and times have yet to be announced for the games with the Patriots, Jaguars and Titans. The home game against the Texans will be broadcast nationally on Aug. 25.

It remains unclear who'll be coaching the Saints because of the NFL's probe of club's bounty system. An appeal hearing for coach Sean Payton's season-long suspension is scheduled Thursday.

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