Deke: 3 injuries as Saints wrap practice before Canton
by Deke Bellavia,posted Aug 3 2012 12:50PM
In the final full practice of the week before their road trip, the Black and God hit the practice field at 8:50 a.m this morning and worked out for about two hours. Tomorrow, the team will fly to Canton, Ohio to watch as former Saints Great Willie Roaf is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After today’s practice Coach Joe Vitt announced that CB Jabari Greer, CB Patrick Robinson as well as Rookie WR Nick Toon would not play in the Saints game Sunday Night.
Greer had groin surgery this week, Robinson has missed several practices with a shoulder injury, and Toon has a foot issue.
The emphasis of today’s practice was working on the two-minute offense. During team drills, some of the highlights included Adrian Arrington making a nice 15-yard grab, and Joe Morgan snatching away what looked to be an interception and made it into a reception.
But Morgan dropped a beautiful pass from QB Luke McCown later in the drill. Drew Brees would later hit Jimmy Graham for a 20-yard gain despite nice coverage on Graham by Johnny Patrick.
Brees then hooked up with WR Marques Colston for a 30-yard gain. WR Andy Tanner had a very good practice this morning with a couple of nice grabs including a 40-yard TD strike from QB Chase Daniel.
“I’m looking forward to watching the defensive backs and which players stand out at wide receiver,” said Bobby Hebert. “I think as Saints fans we all want to see the new defensive scheme of Coach Spagnuolo, and if we can get a pass rush on the Arizona quarterbacks,” Hebert said.
The team also worked on seven-on-seven drills, with Drew Brees hitting Devery Henderson for a 10-yard gain. Then the team worked on situations in a down-and-distance drill in which the chains were moved or not moved.
Brees was sharp as he hit Colston for a 9-yard gain. Then, Brees hit Darren Sproles for a 10-yard gain, followed by back-to-back completions to TE Jimmy Graham. However, DB Malcolm Jenkins came up big late on that series as he picked off Drew Brees while Malcolm was guarding RB Darren Sproles.
Be sure and listen to a complete breakdown of today’s practice and hear from players and coaches beginning at 4pm. And for the latest on the New Orleans Saints stay logged on to wwl.com.