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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 29-19. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

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The Canadian Football League made headlines on Wednesday by announcing that the league would no longer allow full pads during practices in the regular season.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, NFL teams are allowed to hold 14 padded practices during the season.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, a new member of the NFL's competition committee, would not support the NFL making a similar move.

"I think in order to play our game, which is a little different than the CFL game, the restrictions and what we've implemented is necessary," Payton said.

New Orleans has never used all 14 of its padded practices during the regular season, and the fact that the Saints are in full pads doesn't mean the team is tackling live in practice during the season. 

Payton believes padded practices are necessary to work on some things that require extra protection.

"I think you're more at risk if you don't practice some of the things you need to, than not at risk," Payton said. "This is not a concussion or head and neck injury topic, by any means. This is simply, do we want to have pads on during the week or not during the week. I would not recommend that."

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