September 16, 2010

Saints prep for Monday Night meet with 49ers, Rice in San Francisco

The Saints are coming together from an injury standpoint, thanks to a relatively injury-free season opener and a long 11-day break.  

MLB Jonathan Vilma was able to practice fully today despite a abductor muscle injury suffered in the season finale.  That's great news for the Saints' cornerstone linebacker whose backup, Marvin Mitchell, is limited in coverage and range.

The Saints re-signed CB Leigh Torrence and waived LB K.C. Asiodu.  Torrence made the team out of preseason but was waived shortly before the season opener to make room for TE Tory Humprhey.  Asiodu was waived as a sign that second-year linebacker Stanley Arnoux is healthy.

Arnoux, who missed his rookie season with a torn Achilles, was slowed in the preseason by an ankle injury but appears ready to contribute on special teams.  Arnoux practiced fully on Wednesday as well.

Not practicing were RB Chris Ivory, expected to be out another 2-3 weeks with an MCL sprain.  T Zach Strief (knee) also missed practice and LB Anthony Waters (hamstring), one of the only injuries picked up against the Vikings, sat out as well.

Rice to be honored during Saints-49ers game: The Saints play the 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 2, and WR Jerry Rice will have his jersey retired at halftime.

Rice, who played in 29 games against the Saints, all as a 49er, caught 147 passes for 2025 yards and scored 15 total touchdowns against New Orleans over a period from 1985 to 2000.  He lost only nine time to the Saints over that period, on his way to 22895 yards and 197 total touchdowns in his 16 season career.

Against all NFL teams, Rice was worse only to Atlanta during his career, catching 175 passes for 2731 yards and 25 touchdowns. 

Notes: Long-time Packer RB Jim Taylor, who finished his career with the expansion Saints in 1967, has a new book out called "The Fire Within".  Taylor, a native of Baton Rouge and an All-American at LSU in 1957, rushed for 390 yards and scored twice for the inaugural 3-11 Saints, the last of 93 total touchdowns he scored in a 10-year NFL career... The NFL's prototype retail store exclusively for women has nearly finished its proof of concept in New Orleans.  After being open for business for a month as a boutique on Magazine Street, it will close this weekend... This politician claims to have played for the New Orleans Saints as part of a many-ways bogus bio...

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