September 30, 2010

Notes: Roby honored, Brees' knee makes news, Bush healing

Saints special teamer Courtney Roby has entrenched himself as a standout special teams player, winning the award for NFC Special Teams Player of the Month of September.

Typically an award that goes to a flashy returner, such as Seattle's Leon Washington who has two kick return touchdowns, or to a prolific field goal kicker like Tampa Bay's Connor Barth, five for five so far.

To be recognized with such a reward without scoring a single point is a testament to how great Roby has been for the Saints' special teams.

He has proven himself a weapon as a gunner on special teams, and came up big for the Saints against the 49ers when his aware clutch of a muffed punt set the Saints up for a key drive.  His five tackles on return coverage have helped the Saints rank in the top five in opposing kickoff return yardage. 

Roby is also the team's kickoff returner, and he's averaged a respectable 25.8 yards on nine kickoff returns, good for 6th in the NFC for players with more than five returns.

On the injury front, Drew Brees' left knee brace - the first brace's worn since high school - is making national headlines.  Coach and player continue to insist he is fine.

Conversely, starting runningback Pierre Thomas appears to be on the decline with an ankle injury, and will be a game-time decision. Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts have been taking his reps.  Another injury runningback for the Saints, Reggie Bush, is out of his cast and is walking without pain after fracturing a bone in his lower leg less than two weeks ago. 

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