June 1, 2008

Minicamp Wrapup From Saints Camp: Notes and news from Saints headquarters as team wraps up only mandatory minicamp

Minicamp: The Saints broke out of their organized team activities - "voluntary" light practice sessions restricted heavily by the CBA, into their first and only mandatory practices of the offseason. This weekend's minicamp is the only time Saints players are required to be at practice before training camp.

Both defensive ends, Will Smith and Charles Grant, were in attendance despite their different off-field issues. Smith is awaiting a new contract but did not extend his holdout to the mandatory activities, while Grant posted bail in Georgia for involuntary manslaughter charges earlier in the week.

Smith may not remain in New Orleans for the remaining voluntary sessions.

Infirmary Report: Nothing major busted at minicamp but here's a minor injury report: ex-LSU rookie T Carnell Stewart (ankle), CB Jason David (groin), S Josh Bullocks (knee), TE Eric Johnson (ankle), rookie DT DeMario Pressley (foot), WR Titus Ryan (hamstring), CB Greg Fassitt (hamstring).

RB Deuce McAllister participated in roughly a quarter of sessions despite continuing rehab on his knee. McAllister is reportedly progressing well, as is Mike McKenzie with a similar injury. MLB Jonathan Vilma worked in roughly one third of practice.

Rookie FB Olaniyi Sobomehin cannot participate due to the NFL's silly rule regarding collegiate graduation dates.

With Bullocks, McKenzie and David out, Kevin Kaesviharn, rookie Tracy Porter and newcomer free agent Randall Gay worked with the starters.

Jindal In: New Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visited Saints camp over the weekend during minicamp, speaking with the players and then teaming up with Saints ownership to promote hurricane season awareness. Atlantic hurricane season starts today.

The two popular entities will also be teaming up for a public awareness ad soon.

Jindal responded to questions about a new lease for the Saints by acknowledging that a Super Bowl bid was contingent on a long-term deal in place, and promised that the first serious State-Saints negotiations would begin after the current legislative session ends.

Moves: The Saints cut two rookies, former LSU LB Luke Sanders and Houston S Rocky Schwartz. The Montreal Alouettes signed former Saints QB Adrian McPherson. The Saints tried out defensive back Jerametrius Butler. The Saints signed rookie LB Chris Graham (Michigan) and street free agents DB Tuff Harris and OL William Kershaw.

Bush Deposed: Reggie Bush was deposed and answered questions before attorneys last week, but answered only nine of seventh questions posed to him to the dismay of his accuser, Lloyd Lake, whose partner Michael Michaels will be deposed on June 9. This is part of an ongoing investigation and lawsuit into Bush's alleged benefits in college that would violate NCAA laws if proven.

London Hot: Tickets for the Saints' game in London this October are selling fast - to the tune of 40000 in the first 90 minutes.

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