Tag:New Orleans Saints
Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:26 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 11:25 am

Bush with broken fibula; out 4-6 weeks

R. Bush is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after breaking his leg in Monday night's game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to published reports, Saints RB Reggie Bush suffered a broken leg during Monday’s win against the 49ers, and he’s expected to be out about six weeks.

Neworleans.com’s Brian Allee-Walsh sets a good postgame locker room scene and originally reported Bush had broken his leg and that he’d be out a minimum of six weeks.

Bush is supposed to undergo more tests today, but it doesn’t appear that his ankle or his knee have been affected.

Sources told ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter that the injury was a broken fibula but was not expected to be a season-ender. Instead, Bush could be back as early as four weeks.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter while Bush was trying to field a punt in windy Candlestick Park – a punt he muffed – and while attempting to recover the ball, somebody landed on his leg.

“It was pretty windy and the ball was moving around a little bit,’’ Bush said after the game. “At the last second, it kind of shifted just enough for me to drop it and I tried to recover it and somebody took my leg off.

“I don’t know who it was, what happened, or how it happened. I just know my leg got taken out. That’s it.

“It hurt like hell,” Bush said. “When I got back up and tried to walk on it, it felt terrible. I’m trying not to think the worst and trying to stay as positive as I can in this situation. That’s all I can do is hope for the best.”

Without him, the Saints will lean heavily on RB Pierre Thomas, but considering Bush brings so much to New Orleans’ offense – rushing the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and on special teams – the Saints will have a tough time duplicating his abilities.

UPDATE (11:23 a.m.): The Associated Press also has confirmed, through its sources, that Bush has a fractured fibula. Since today is the NFL's weekly dark day and the Saints are off, it's unclear if the team will release any information about Bush's injury this afternoon.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 1:31 am

Reports: Bush to miss 6 weeks with leg injury

Posted by Will Brinson

Reggie Bush, former Heisman holder and all-purpose Saints star, left the fourth quarter of Monday's game with a leg injury after trying to recover a muffed punt.

The team has yet to release information relating to what exactly is wrong with Bush, but he was spotted by cameras leaving Candlestick Park on crutches; certainly that's not a good sign for anyone.

ESPN's Coleen Dominguez reported following the game that Bush could miss up to six weeks with a knee injury and NewOrleans.com cites a source indicating that Bush broke a bone in the injured leg, but that the injury will not require surgery.

If that's the case, it's a tremendous blow to the defending champions -- despite Bush's inability to ever become a full-fledged running back, he's one of the most versatile weapons on the team and the perfect compliment to Sean Payton's offense.

Additionally, a six week timeline for a knee injury would at least open up the possibility for Bush's injury to be more significant.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 12:10 am

Niners should still be optimistic after loss

Posted by Will Brinson

Unfortunately for the San Francisco 49ers, 1:14 on the clock with two timeouts and Drew Brees under center is just a little too much to leave out on the field when you score. Clearly they couldn't have purposely left any more time on the clock when Frank Gore punctuated a thrilling drive with a seven-yard rush, but expecting anything less from the defending champs would have been silly. Indeed, they finished the game off with a 37-yard Garrett Hartley kick (which may or may not have been blocked IN) amid swirling winds.

Still, for a team that's 0-2 and suffered a complete travashamockery of an embarrassment in Week 1 at Seattle, things could be worse for San Francisco.

For starters, they have talent. No one's questioning whether or not Michael CrabtreeVernon Davis and Josh Morgan are good -- the biggest issue was Alex Smith actually being able to get them the ball. He did that Monday night, and despite registering two picks, he did it well, racking up 275 yards.

Then there's Frank Gore, who looked as explosive as he ever has while piling up 112 yards on 20 carries (including a touchdown) and 56 receiving yards on seven catches (also including a touchdown). As long as he's healthy, that team will be able to stay in games.

Before we get to the most important part, mentioning Mike Singletary is key: look at the team that showed up in Candlestick Park tonight, now look back at the team that showed up in Seattle, now back to Candlestick, now back to Seattle, look, it's a horse! Whatever, the point is that they're complete opposites and judging the Niners hopes for the 2010 season based on that first game (or the first snap against the Saints ) makes about as much as a dude on a horse's body pimping men's body wash.

And the reason the two teams look different is that Singletary, for all his bonkos quotes, got his team prepared. He may have killed a rat, or shut down Yahoo!, or something, but he got his team motivated (yet again), and there's a good chance you'll see him do an increasingly good job of it as the season goes along.

As to the biggest point -- they play in the NFC West, the weakest-sauced of the weak when it comes to divisions. Arizona and Seattle are tied for first at 1-1 and those two teams just got a thankful paddling from Atlanta and Denver, respectively. Remove St. Louis from the equation and remember that at some point Matt Hasselbeck will get injured and Derek Anderson will remember he's Derek Anderson ... this is still a division that an 0-2 49ers team can take down.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:05 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 9:20 pm

And now, the worst snap in NFL history

Posted by Will Brinson

Maybe "worst snap in NFL history" is a bit of a stretch, but for a 49ers team that so desperately needed to get off to a fast start against the Saints, giving up two points on a really, really bad snap from the shotgun formation on their opening drive probably wasn't an ideal start.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:58 pm

Sarkisian says Bush quote 'not for print media'

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot again" last night and the story got all swole up and talked about by everyone on the Internet?

Turns out, he didn't think anyone was going to hear about that, since he said it in a production meeting to Shelley Smith and assumed she wouldn't repeat it. That's according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (via CFT ) who brings us quotes following Sark's Huskies getting whipped by Nebraska.

"The quotes came out in a production meeting for [the game against Nebraska]," Sarkisian said. "In general, those production meetings are not for print media."

"It was a conversation, it was part of a conversation where there were quotes on both sides," Sarkisian said. "It's unfortunate, it's a great learning lesson for me about when things get said around media, they're live."

Fortunately for Sark, the football world probably won't talk about this long -- there's WAY too much dissection of how bad Jake Locker stunk the joint up to handle for us to spend an excessive amount of time worrying about whether one of Reggie Bush's old coaches thinks he's dumb for getting USC put on probation and giving back his Heisman.

But it's probably safe to say that Shelley Smith won't be pulling any more scoops from meetings with the Washington football staff. But, yeah, Sark should know better than to call someone as high profile as Bush an "idiot" in a room full of reporters and not expect that to get reported.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 11:29 pm

Singletary: 'We will stop Drew Brees'

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary appeared on a KPIX radio show with Dennis O'Donnell Thursday and was asked about trying to stop Drew Brees during the 49ers Monday Night Football matchup with the Saints.

He replied by saying, "We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees. Next question."

Naturally, this provoked some curious questions from the media as to whether he was guaranteeing that the Niners would shut down the defending champs' offense. As Matt Barrow of the Sacramento Bee notes, Singletary backed off the comments a bit, pointing out that there was never any sort of guarantee.

"I just said we would stop him," Singletary said. "I'm certainly not going to go into the game thinking we're not going to stop him. If that's the case, I need to stay home."

So, really, nothing too crazy, at least in the quotable realm that is Singletary-isms. At least in comparison to the "sniff out the rat" tirade, this is tame.

Plus he has a pretty good point: even if San Fran knows that Brees is going to pull their pants down in front of the world with an MVP performance, they can't go into the game thinking that, because then there's no real reason to play in the first place.

UPDATE : Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner comes through with video of Singletary's interview referenced above. Not mentioned is that Singletary freaks out about the whole Yahoo! deal whereby Jason Cole reported Jimmy Raye was having trouble getting plays to Alex Smith. Also not mentioned is like another four or so minutes of awesomeness. Do enjoy.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:29 am
Edited on: September 18, 2010 10:00 pm

Sarkisian calls Reggie Bush 'an idiot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Technically, this is probably a story for our compadres over at the College Football Blog . Unfortunately, they're a little tied up with posting GIFs of PedoBear , so we're gonna be the ones writing about how Washington coach Steve Sarkisian called Reggie Bush "an idiot." Again.

Er, not again, but "an idiot again," which theoretically is kind of the same thing, right? (Also, worth noting that we love what those guys at the CFB blog are doing. They're our besties.) Anyway, Sark had some words for Shelley Smith about Reggie Bush handing back his Heisman Trophy.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again ... No matter how much money he got paid, that didn't affect how we prepared. We weren't the best team in football because of what he or his parents took."

UPDATE: Sark said after the Nebraska/Washington game that the comments weren't intended 'for print media.' So, um, okay.

It's understandable that Sarkisian isn't "thrilled" by the fact that Bush's public debacling and USC's punishments makes him look less effective as a coach, but it sure seems that everyone is quick to forget that it was common knowledge (a la Shaq at LSU) that Bush had some "stuff" going on.

And you know what? Even if Sark didn't know what was going on (somehow), it doesn't matter -- if someone gets to participate in everything that leads to the celebration of the championships, they get to participate in everything involved in the downfall afterwards, too.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 4:29 pm

Podcast: Week 2 late game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

We covered the early games, um, earlier, but there's so much NFL goodness going on this weekend that we split our preview into two parts. Listen to the first part here.

And listen to the second part below -- it features Andy and I discussing whether or not the Jets will score an offensive touchdown this week against the Pats (although we probably should have made the bet for the season), why Seattle and Denver are so similar geographically, why on Earth the NFL forced Oakland and St. Louis to play a game this year, who will emerge victorious from the Manning Bowl, and if Mike Singletary can motivate his team enough to handle the defending champs on Monday night.

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