The Saints held the first of two joint practice days with the Patriots today in Foxboro, MA.
The Saints from an injury standpoint were missing four players at the beginning of the day: WR Rod Harper, WR Robert Meachem (PUP), FS Darren Sharper (PUP) and LB Clint Ingram (PUP).
By the end of the day, WLB Scott Shanle, CB Patrick Robinson and TE Tyler Lorenzen had returned to work but Robinson would be limited and RB Reggie Bush was rested during a portion of the second practice.
Though limited, the Saints' rookie first round pick looked good running against the Patriots, running stride for stride with WR Randy Moss to break up a deep pass from Tom Brady.
It was a bad day for runningbacks in the NFL, as Vikings RB Adrian Peterson pulled up with a hamstring problem, Raiders RB Darren McFadden was ruled out of the preseason opener with a hamstring injury, and Cardinals RB Beanie Wells had exams on broken ribs. The Broncos, suffering for healthy backs themselves, signed ex-Raider free agent Justin Fargas, whom the Saints worked out this offseason.
With Harper and Meachem out, the fourth receiver in practice was reportedly blazing-fast undrafted rookie Montez Billings, a product of Auburn, a Celtics fan. Billings might also have been interested in the goings-on in Boston, thirty miles away, where former LSU Tiger Shaquille O'Neal signed with the Celtics.
Notes: Retired Saints RB Deuce McAllister will be doing some CBS SEC College Football football analysis this season, the beginning of a long broadcasting career... Former Saints draft pick Andy Alleman has had a tough go of it in the NFL. Released recently by the Colts because of a back injury, Alleman has suffered injury setback after injury setback despite a promising career... Former LSU Chancellor and NASA head Sean O'Keefe survived the small plane crash in remote Alaska today, the same crash that claimed former Alaska senator Ted Stevens. O'Keefe was chancellor of LSU during 2005 when the Saints played four games at LSU...