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METAIRIE, La. -- Saints coach Sean Payton expressed frustration with New Orleans special teams play this week, and now hes tinkering with the roster in hopes of doing something about it.At the very least, two of the three players hes brought in this week can help the Saints scout this Sundays opponent, the Denver Broncos.Former Broncos tight end John Phillips and ex-Denver safety Shiloh Keo, as well as former Green Bay linebacker Sam Barrington, all took part in their first practices with the Saints on Wednesday.All three can contribute to our special teams, Payton said, noting that the promotions of linebackers Craig Robertson and Nate Stupar to starting roles on defense, combined with a season-ending injury to safety Erik Harris, have removed three players from kick and punt coverage who were adept in those roles.Your core special teams group at the start of the season has changed, Payton said. We have to pay close attention to that so it doesnt cost us a game.The additions meant three players had to go: defensive tackle John Jenkins, defensive back Brian Dixon and linebacker Chris McCain.Jenkins was a former starter and third-round draft choice in 2013, but his snaps had diminished this season and he was a healthy scratch for last Sundays victory at San Francisco, when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins made his NFL debut after returning from a fractured fibula.Payton said the decision to release Jenkins really came down to numbers and production.We were at that point in our defensive line where it was going to be hard to get (Jenkins) active and then back to addressing special teams, Payton said. He has worked hard. Weve just really never received, at the end of it, all the production we wouldve liked.Dixon remains with the Saints, but has been demoted to the practice squad. Payton could be seen scolding Dixon last Sunday after hed been flagged for fair-catch interference on punt coverage.McCain played one snap Sunday. He was flagged for lining up in the neutral zone and benched for the rest of the game.Keo and Phillips said theyre pleased to help the Saints scout Denver as much as possible -- and already have been sharing their knowledge of the Broncos. They also hope they get a chance to make enough of an impression to stay beyond this weekend.Coach told me right away, `Right now, we need you to come in and play big-time special teams, Keo said. Its definitely something I take pride in. I know everyone wants to play offense and defense. It doesnt happen for everybody, so the next thing you can do is make a name for yourself on special teams.San Francisco averaged nearly 35 yards on three kickoff returns and about 8 yards on three punt returns against New Orleans on Sunday.Payton said Phillips addition, which raises the total of tight ends on the roster to three, could provide relief for tight end Josh Hill, who has been getting a lot of snaps on both offense and special teams.With just two tight ends there is a lot of stress on a guy like Josh Hill whos been a core player, Payton said. So we pay close attention in the last five or six weeks, looking at the wire to see if the right player at that position maybe was available. John fits that description.Game notes LB Dannell Ellerbe, who missed last weeks game with a nagging quadriceps injury after playing for the first time this season in Week 8, returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. ... 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied after losing outfielder Alex Gordon to a head injury to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 on a wild Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer connected with two outs off Indians reliever Cody Allen (3-1), one inning after Gordon collided with the bullpen fence while tracking a fly ball. The Gold Glove outfielder remained down on the warning track for several minutes before slowly standing up and walking off the field. Will Smith (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief for the Royals, and Greg Holland managed the ninth to help Kansas City snap a three-game skid against the Indians. Holland worked around an error by shortstop Alicdes Escobar for his 18th save. Jason Kipnis ended up with a three-run, inside-the-park homer on the play that Gordon was injured, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. But the bullpen failed to hold the 3-1 lead that he provided, ultimately snapping Clevelands five-game winning streak. The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 37 minutes by a stubborn rain cloud that refused to budge from over the stadium, even though there were clear skies not more than a mile away. The delay caused more problems in the seventh inning, when the clock hit midnight. A glitch in the stadium computer system caused about half of the lights to go out, and it took 12 minutes for them to cool enough to come back on and allow play to resume. The Royals carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning in what was shaping up as a tidy pitching duel between Jeremy Guthrie and Indians counterpart Scott Kazmir. Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera led off the sixth with singles, and Kipnis hit a fly ball deep to left field. Gordon was tracking it the whole way but slammed his head into the fencing of the Royals bullpen as he leaped for the ball, crashhing into a heap on the warning track.dddddddddddd He remained down while Kipnis rounded the bases for the Indians first inside-the-park homer since Jhonny Peralta toured the bases against Detroit on July 18, 2010. Gordon was eventually helped from the field by Royals trainer Nick Kenney. The team said he had a possible concussion and a bruised right hip, and he will be evaluated again on Thursday. The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth, pecking away with five singles and taking advantage of a wild throw on a pickoff attempt. The error was given to first baseman Nick Swisher and allowed Lorenzo Cain to score from third, giving Kansas City a 5-3 lead. That lead also turned out to be short-lived. After the lights went out and were finally restored, Guthrie promptly walked the Indians Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes. The right-hander was lifted for Smith, who gave up a run-scoring single to Bourn and a tying sacrifice fly to Cabrera but recovered to keep the game tied. Thats when Hosmer went deep off Allen in the seventh inning. The Royals hot-hitting first baseman turned on a 1-0 pitch and sent it soaring into the night, the ball landing well beyond the centre-field fence for his eighth homer of the season. Kansas City loaded the bases in the eighth but failed to tack on an insurance run, but it turned out to be a moot point. Holland struck out Mark Reynolds, and after Escobars error he got Jason Giambi to fly out and Bourn to strike out shortly after 1 a.m. CT to end the game. Notes: Bourn was activated from the paternity list before the game and LHP Nick Hagadone optioned to Triple-A Columbus. ... Jarrod Dyson took over CF when Gordon was injured. Cain slid from centre to right and David Lough from left to right. ... 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