October 1, 2009

Injury news and notes around the Saints

  • Did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday: DT Kendrick Clancy (knee), TE Darnell Dinkins (ankle), RB Mike Bell (MCL strain), LT Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), CB Malcolm Jenkins (ankle).

  • DE Bobby McCray did not practice Wednesday but returned to practice on Thursday limitedly with a back injury. Receivers Lance Moore (hamstring) and Rod Harper (foot) practiced limitedly both days.

  • Long snapper Jason Kyle injured his knee and ankle during the Buffalo game and did not practice on Wednesday, though he returned to practice fully on Thursday despite wearing a boot. Kyle is expected to play Sunday but if he cannot, LB Troy Evans or S Chris Reis could substitute, though both would require the Saints shuffling their special teams around. Evans and Reis are two long-time special teams stalwarts for the Saints.

  • RB Pierre Thomas has had to battle an MCL strain, a gash on his knee that required stiches and last weekend, food poisoning. But he has practiced at full speed the past two days.

  • Former Saints DT Hollis Thomas, a colorful and fun figure off the field and a powerful run stuffer on the field, has signed in Carolina, where the Panthers have been plagued by injuries at the position.

  • HC Sean Payton commented on the Saints' decision to end LT Jammal Brown's season:
  • Ultimately it was the hip surgery and the prognosis from the doctor that did the surgery in New York was looking more like 12 weeks and that puts you right at that gray area where you begin to weigh the pros and cons of the time away and when he would be able to come back healthy. Ultimately, we made the decision yesterday that we felt like we had to put him on IR to free up a roster spot."
  • A 3-0 Saints team has never played a 3-0 team.

  • Rookie quarterbacks starting against the Saints in the first four games of the season are 3-6-1, and in the Superdome they are 0-4, including Lions QB Matthew Stafford in Week 1 of this season. The Saints have never faced more than one rookie quarterback in the first four games of a season before this Sunday.

  • The Saints have faced two rookie quarterbacks from USC before in their history: Lions QB Rodney Peete in 1989 and Rams QB Pat Haden twice in 1976. The Saints lost all three of those games.

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