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Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: October 3, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFC Inactives Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson

Notable ACTIVES:   Steven Jackson, RB, STL*;

*It's been reported that Jackson will not have a heavy load in this game, for those of you concerned with fantasy, etc.

Pierre Thomas, RB, NO -- That means Chris Ivory will get the start for the Saints against the Panthers. It also means that New Orleans will have to lean heavily on a possible-but-maybe-not-completely injured Drew Brees.

Michael Jenkins, WR, ATL -- Jenkins was thought to possibly return as soon as this week, but that's not the case. Barring San Francisco figuring out who/what they are, this shouldn't be a huge deal for a Falcons team that should dominate the 49ers.

Roman Harper, S, NO -- This would probably be a bigger deal if not for Jimmy Clausen being the Panthers starter.

Tony Pike, QB, CAR -- Those pining for the Piking in Carolina (should Clausen suffer the same fate as Matt Moore; a.k.a. being really bad) will have to wait, as Pike's listed as the third QB.

Armanti Edwards, WR, CAR -- The Panthers early investment in the raw talent continues to pay zero dividends.

Reggie Bush, RB, NO -- Duh. Just letting you know.

Garrett Hartley, K, NO -- Ouch, right? John Carney's going to do the kicking. This is only important if the game is close (we get to scrutinize the Saints' decision) or if you own Hartley in fantasy. Drop him, clearly.
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 10, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Three thoughts about NO-MIN

B. Favre and the Minnesota passing offense had a rough game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

My take on Thursday’s Saints 14-9 win against the Vikings.

1. I loved the “We are one” salute at the beginning of the game, signifying the players’ solidarity with each other as they enter the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Some people didn’t like it – they thought it was too showy or too much of a flick-our-noses-at-the-owners kind of moment (and I’ve seen a joke or two on Twitter about how the owners should show solidarity by turning off the lights for a minute)  – but I thought the move was pretty damn cool.

"Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others' heads in," QB Drew Brees told reporters after the game, "we're all one voice."

2. Jeez, how much did the Vikings miss WR Sidney Rice last night? More importantly, how much will they miss him until he can return from hip surgery? Percy Harvin was mostly invisible (one catch, 12 yards), and Bernard Berrian was, somehow, worse (one catch, three yards), and aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota’s passing game was terribly unimpressive. Greg Camarillo made a nice catch, and even Greg Lewis recorded a reception. But originally, I thought Harvin and Berrian would be OK until Rice returned. I might have been totally wrong. And if Shiancoe is the only receiving threat – he was Thursday, at least – and the Saints figured out a way to shut him down in the second half, it’s not far-fetched to think other teams will do the same.
P. Thomas had a big second half for New Orleans (AP).
You also have to wonder about Brett Favre. Not just that he might be too old (finally), but that his decision to miss most of training camp cost his team dearly. As Camarillo said after the game, the offense had no chemistry. A couple extra weeks of practicing together might have helped solve that.

3. The Saints ran the ball just three times in the first half, but the coaching staff switched gears in the second half and made a point of giving the ball to Pierre Thomas. He rushed 19 times for 71 yards, and he helped New Orleans eat up huge chunks of time in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings at bay. The big run came with 1:59 to go when, on a second and six, Thomas broke a Ben Leber tackle (which would have stopped him behind the first-down marker) and made the first down to seal Minnesota’s fate.

Of course, much of the credit must go to New Orleans interior linemen. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were outstanding against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Lynell Hamilton could be big loss for Saints

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to various reports and Tweets out of New Orleans, RB Lynell Hamilton has torn his ACL and will be lost for the season.

On the surface of this news, the loss doesn’t seem to be a big deal for the reigning Super Bowl champs.

But that’s the incorrect view.

Though he only played nine games last year, recording 125 yards on 35 carries and catching just five passes – hell, he wasn’t even active for the Super Bowl – Hamilton was supposed to replace the production of power back Mike Bell while adding to the Saints special teams. Last year, Bell had 172 carries for 654 yards and five touchdowns, and Hamilton was expected to take over many of those attempts.

So, yeah, it's not a good piece of news that Hamilton is done. True, the Saints still have Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, so the running game still should be OK.

But it would have been better if New Orleans could use Hamilton to barrel over defenses in short-yardage situations.

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