Backup T Jon Stinchcomb was injured in training camp practice during a goal line drill. He was carted off the field and then to the hospital for tests on his right knee. Stinchcomb has ruptured the patellar tendon, a season-ending injury that won't likely have Stinchcomb running until at full speed until around the 2006 NFL Draft.
His injury is the first major loss for the Saints during training camp. Paired with Spencer Folau's shoulder injury, the Saints are suddenly very thin at offensive tackle behind starters Wayne Gandy and Jammal Brown. Journeyman Ben Archibald is now the second string left tackle. Archibald played in NFL Europe this past spring.
DE Joe Johnson had a similar injury - in similar circumstances - before the 1999 season. Eagles RB Correll Buckhalter, former Lion WR Germane Crowell, Jaguars CB Juran Bolden, former Bucs RB Charlie Garner, Bengals LB Nate Webster, Miami WR David Boston, Chiefs G John Welbourn and Broncos WR Jerry Rice have all suffered patella tendon injuries, and have returned to the field with varying degrees of success. As opposed to a ligament tear, such as an ACL or MCL, the recovery time is faster and lingering affects are less lasting.
Stinchcomb was coming off the ball and not really hitting anyone. "He twisted it, he torqued it," Haslett said after practice. "He's a good person, he's a hard worker. He was ready to break through, but its a real setback."
Stinchcomb will end up on injured reserve soon.