Texans, Saints have joint practice

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The third consecutive year of joint preseason practices between the New Orleans No surprise there.

Four fights broke out in a one-hour span of the final practice between the two teams last year.

Houston, a 350-mile drive West on I-10, is the closest NFL city to New Orleans. Many New Orleans natives who fled the city during Hurricane Katrina still live in Houston.

The Saints and Texans have a burgeoning rivalry even though they are in opposite conferences and have played only twice in the regular season since Houston joined the league in 2002.

The two teams faced each other at the Saints' practice facility before a preseason game in 2008 and did the same thing in Houston last year. After practicing twice Wednesday, they will finish working out against each other on Thursday morning before playing at the Louisiana Superdome on Saturday.

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