Kristian: Saints refocused, turn attention to the Panthers
Saints linebacker Scott Shanle was limited in practice as the Saints prepare for the Panthers (leg). DE Turk McBride (ankle), WR Devery Henderson (head), and DB Johnny Patrick (thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Coach Aaron Kromer confirmed Henderson sustained a concussion in the loss the Redskins on Sunday. DB Jabari Greer (groin) was listed as full participation after he missed the game still nursing a groin injury and offseason surgery. The Saints also made a couple of roster moves. They put WR Adrian Arrington (knee) on Injured Reserve. Arrington is done for the season. LB Barret Ruud went back on the active roster after his exemption expired this week. Finally the Saints re-signed veteran WR Greg Camarillo to the active roster.
The Saints are working on the "little things" this week in practice as they prepare for their week 2 opponent in the Carolina Panthers. "(We had) a lot of little mistakes; a lot of things that killed drives for us offensively, whether it was a penalty or a mental error or you just missed an opportunity. We just had a lot of those, and they came at some pretty inopportune times (against the Redskins)," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said.
The feeling I've noticed in the locker room was that it's not OK to deal with losing, and the players are genuinely ready to atone for their week 1 mishap.
Players insist that division games count for 2 in the win/ loss column, and Brees expects a hostile game Sunday in Charlotte. "I know how good of a team Carolina is. I know what the game was like when we went there last year. It took 60 minutes for us to pull that one out in the end. I think we know what this team is all about. They're healthy. They're probably about as angry as we are right now after their week one loss, so we know what to expect."
The Saints swept the Panthers last year including a week 17 beat down 45 to 17 in the Superdome after the dramatic final minute win 30 to 27.