August 3, 2009

Bush, Clancy hurting as Arrington returns

RB Reggie Bush has missed three practices now with swelling in his surgically repaired knee. Head coach Sean Payton has insisted there is no problem and that swelling is "not significant." The Saints are just being careful. It has not needed a minor surgery to drain fluid from the knee yet. Payton admitted that it will be an issue with Bush for a long time. Bush is expected back in practice soon. (UPDATE: Bush practiced Monday afternoon. Payton: "I thought he looked real good this afternoon.")

More concerning is the back injury to Kendrick Clancy, starting defensive tackle at a position that has no proven depth behind him. Clancy's back spasms continue to keep him out of practice. (UPDATE: Clancy practiced some on Monday. Second year DT Remi Ayodele has been starting in his place.)

TE Dan Campbell did have a knee scoped and drained, however, and missed one practice. LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar has a minor hamstring injury.

On a pleasing note, 2008 seventh round pick WR Adrian Arrington has finally started training camp, missing practices before today with a lingering hamstring injury suffered earlier in training camp.

Rookie fifth round pick P Thomas Morstead appears to be winning the camp competition with veteran punter Glenn Pakulak... Morstead's punts have given Saints' punt fielders fits in training camp...

Notes: According to his agent, ex-Saint CB Mike McKenzie is healthy and has worked out with the Seahawks... the Bengals have signed rookie free agent T Augustus Parrish, who signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May but was on the offseason roster for less than a month...

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