November 12, 2009

Saints injury update and more midweek notes

  • Starting cornerback Jabari Greer, a standout starting corner for the Saints so far, will be out this Sunday in St. Louis with a groin injury suffered against the Panthers. Greer, who has been among the best in the NFL this season, will be replaced in the starting lineup by Randall Gay. Rookie Malcolm Jenkins and veteran Leigh Torrence will play in nickel and dime situations. Greer has been unable to practice this week.

  • Among other Saints injuries, LB Scott Fujita is not yet practicing fully yet, though he has limitedly practice for the past two weeks now. S Darren Sharper, who picked up a minor, unspecified knee injury against the Panthers, was also limited in practice.

    Missing practice this week have been DT Sedrick Ellis (knee), C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), WR Lance Moore (ankle), and T Zach Strief (flu). WR Marques Colston and TE Jeremy Shockey also reportedly have flu-like symptoms, though the Saints have ruled out H1N1.

  • Good news for football fans: new players association president DeMaurice Smith is being far less militant and far more realistic about the labor negotiations currently underway. He's being very honest about the potential 2010 uncapped year:
    The uncapped year is also a virtually "unfloored" year as well. In addition to the ceiling change, there is a significant change to the minimum salary for players. The players have made it clear to me that they want a deal before the uncapped year, I agree with them that it is in the best interest of the game as well as the fans and the players.
  • A new award from the NFL will honor the best offensive line in the league each season, named after Hall of Fame head coach and broadcaster John Madden. The Madden Award will be presented during Super Bowl week and will be chosen by a fan vote and a panel of league voters. Madden commented when asked about the announcement that if he had to vote now, he would vote for the New Orleans Saints, followed by the Vikings.

  • The best lead blocking fullback in the league, former Saint and current Ram Mike Karney, said he was not happy about being cut by the Saints but is happy in St. Louis despite their 1-7 record.

  • Interesting article on former Saints talent executive Rick Mueller, who is general manager for all four UFL teams in the league's inaugural league.

  • LB Matt McCoy, a brief Saint in 2007, has been signed by the Bucs, who lost S Will Allen to injury. The Saints will play the Bucs in Tampa next Sunday.

  • On a sad note, the execution of murderer John Allen Muhammad closed the book on one Saint's family. Safety Roman Harper's aunt, Claudine Parker, was one of Muhammad's victim's. Harper was a collegiate football player at Alabama when she was killed in September 2002.

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