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Speculation is no longer swirling about the starting quarterback in New Orleans, but winds above the city will be.
The New Orleans Saints canceled their third and final preseason game Friday because of Hurricane Ida.
The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall in Louisiana by Sunday morning. Some forecasters have predicted it could strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane by that time.
The Saints were initially set to the play the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game was rescheduled for noon, but the Saints, the NFL and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards decided to call the game off entirely.
“Due to the intensification of the hurricane throughout the day and after the most recent tropical update, the team’s leadership has made the decision in the best interests of all personnel that may have been directly and indirectly affected by the storm,” the Saints said in a statement.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has announced a mandatory evacuation for all areas outside the city’s levee protection system. That order does not apply to the Superdome.
The NFL preseason was shortened to three weeks this year because the regular season was expanded to 18. Jameis Winston was named the Saints’ starting QB earlier Friday after a strong performance in the team’s second preseason game.