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Payton narrowing Saints' focus for finale vs Tampa

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago December 24, 2013 Dec 24, 2013 Tuesday, December 24 2013 December 24, 2013 6:05 AM in Sports
Source: WBRZ Sports 2

METAIRIE, La. - With the Saints still trying to lock up a playoff spot, coach Sean Payton's theme this week is to focus on what his team can control and tune out all the uncertainties.

Payton has even made the unusual move of quickly ending any speculation about safety Kenny Vaccaro's availability for Sunday's regular season finale against Tampa Bay, announcing on Monday that the rookie has a fractured left ankle.

The coach also has confirmed rookie Terron Armstead is getting his second-career start at left tackle, despite being beaten on three sacks and committing a two false start penalties in a 17-13 loss at Carolina on Sunday.

Payton says the Saints are treating this Sunday's game like a playoff game because they know they'll at least make the playoffs if they win.

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