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Lance Moore on life in limbo: “This is a horrible situation”

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

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While 35-40 Saints work out at Tulane University, one of the team’s best role players has stayed on the sidelines out of fear. Receiver Lance Moore doesn’t want to get injured while he’s a free agent.

“I feel like the risk is too great,” Moore told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “If you get hurt down there, there’s no telling what’s going to happen.”

Moore is training on his own, hoping that the NFLPA* and league can figure out an agreement so that 2010 league rules aren’t in place again. If we go back to those restrictive rules, Moore will be a restricted free agent.

“I’m not under contract. I don’t have a team. I don’t know what my situation is going to be. This is a horrible situation for the guys that it affects the most, and that’s free agents,” Moore said. “I can’t wait for it to get over so I can finally sign with a team. Hopefully that team will be the Saints.”

As a highly productive slot receiver, Moore should get plenty of interest on the open market. We’d still guess he stays with the Saints, in part because he’s a Drew Brees favorite.

With Marques Colston and Robert Meachem becoming free agents after 2011, it would make a lot of sense for the Saints to lock down Moore now.

Moore just needs to wait for now to start, and NFL purgatory to end.