The biggest news out of the Saints' first organized practices of the 2005 season is unfortunate. Wide receiver Chase Lyman, the Saints' fourth round pick out of California only two weeks ago, tore his ACL while running routes in his first pro practice on Friday.
The diagnosis was confirmed today.
Lyman, a big, strong receiver with reliable hands, had a real shot to play as a pro in a role that no other Saints receiver could fill. Lyman is taller by three inches than any receiver on the Saints roster last season.
Two other tall receivers in camp, 6'5" Brian Poli-Dixon and 6'4" Thyron Anderson, were long shots to make the roster, may have a small window of opportunity.
Lyman plays sparingly through five years of college thanks to multiple injuries, including a similar knee injury in the same knee only seven months ago. The Saints hinted that the repair of the previous injury may not have been performed well or complete. Lyman's knee was repairing using tissue harvested from a deceased donor.
Lyman is out for the 2005 season and will work towards recovering for the 2006 offseason.
Other notes from the Saints rookie minicamp from NOPF and WWL's Kenny Wilkerson: Linebacker Alfred Fincher is impressive, just by his demeanor. He's obviously very smart and is a hard worker. Had some trouble with the heat, as do a lot of rookies. QB Adrian McPherson throws a nice looking ball. Tackle Jammal Brown is huge and has a good attitude.
The Saints' rookie minicamp was a camp-like weekend for rookies and second year players only. The Saints have a full mandatory minicamp following weeks of coaching sessions on June 10.