WHILE STATE POLICE and the FBI started a wiretapping probe into the New Orleans Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach Joe Vitt called allegations that Loomis had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches "ludicrous."

"It's absolutely ludicrous. It's impossible," Vitt said Tuesday. "When I first heard something about it being a wiretap, I thought they were talking about Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano or something. I didn't even know what they were talking about . . . And then to associate Mickey with that? That's irresponsible."

Vitt met with reporters for the first time since being appointed to serve in head coach Sean Payton's place during Payton's season-long suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of New Orleans. Vitt himself will have to serve a six-game suspension for his role in the cash-for-big hits system the Saints ran from 2009-11, and Loomis will be out for eight games.

Noteworthy * 

Indianapolis will take quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in Thursday's draft, general manager Ryan Grigson said.

* Former NFL star Deion Sanders has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault in the wake of an altercation with his estranged wife that got her arrested at their mansion in suburban Dallas, police said. Police said further investigation led to citations against both Deion and Pilar Sanders, who now live on different sides of their home. Deion filed for divorce in December.

* A group of ex-Cowboys including Hall of Famers Randy White, Bob Lilly and Rayfield Wright joined with other retired players to file the latest concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL.