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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Saints sign former 49ers wide receiver/punt returner

Saints sign former 49ers wide receiver/punt returner

Ted Ginn Jr. found a new team.

The former 49ers wide receiver signed with the Saints, the team announced on Friday morning.

Ginn entered the league as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft.

After playing his first three seasons in Miami, the Ohio State product suited up for San Francisco in 2011 and 2012.

Ginn played a huge role in securing a win in Jim Harbaugh's regular season debut as the 49ers' head coach.

Late in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks, he returned a kickoff 102 yards to give the 49ers a 25-17 lead (the extra point made it 26-17).

Less than a minute later, he took a punt return 55 yards to the house.

Ginn caught 19 passes in 2011 and recorded just two receptions in 2012.

He played for Carolina in 2013, Arizona in 2014 and returned to the Panthers for the past two seasons.

In 2015, he racked up 44 catches for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Former 49ers head coach hired by Saints as linebackers coach

Former 49ers head coach hired by Saints as linebackers coach

METAIRIE, La. — Saints coach Sean Payton says he's hired former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan as New Orleans' new linebackers coach and former NFL long snapper Bradford Banta as special teams coordinator.

The moves, announced Tuesday, come in the wake of Payton's decision earlier in January to let go of five assistants, including linebackers coach Joe Vitt and special teams coordinator Greg McMahon.

Nolan, the son of former Saints head coach Dick Nolan, was San Francisco's head coach from 2005 to 2008 and spent 17 seasons as a defensive coordinator with Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Miami, the New York Giants and Jets, and Washington.

Banta, a Louisiana native, spent the past three seasons as a Redskins special teams assistant. He played for Indianapolis, the New York Jets, Detroit and Buffalo.