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Saints work out five kickers; do not make any transactions

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Metairie, La. - If there was one blemish on the Saints' 49-17 victory over theCowboys Sunday night, it was Garrett Hartley's missed 37-yard field goal.

Hartley has only hit 16 of his 22 field goal attempts on theseason, which puts him at 72.7 percent—the lowest of his five-yearcareer.  He has also missed at least one field goal in each of the Saints'last three games.  Now, he has the Saints considering their options.

Sources confirm that the Saints brought in five kickers forworkouts this week.  They include veterans Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham,John Potter, who made three of four field goals earlier this year forWashington, Brandon McManus and Derek Dimke, who have yet to attempt a fieldgoal in the NFL.

The Saints made no official moves on the NFL's transaction wire.

On Monday, Sean Payton discussed Hartley's issues "Like anything else, it is just the consistency.  He has the leg strength.  He started off the season very well.  Last week he hit a big one for us in New York so it is just consistency."

During Monday's web chat with fans, FOX 8 Saints Analyst Jim Henderson said "The questions is would Sean Payton ever replace and the question I would ask is, who else is out there that you can be sure is going to do better than this.  We've been through this with Hartley before when they brought in John Carney when he was riding out an injury, almost as a mentor to him.  He goes up and down, Garrett Hartley does, as most kickers do but I think right now the good thing is that it hasn't been costing the Saints any victories."

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