Kristian: Saints getting healthier - Bucs want to forget last week
Only three players missed practice for the Saints as they hit the field to prepare for the Bucs. Offensive Tackle Zack Strief (knee), wide receiver Devery Henderson (calf), and tight end David Thomas (concussion). Middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) was limited on Wednesday. Henderson played last week, but might have come back a week too early. Coach Payton didn't touch on the extent of Devery's injury and if he had a setback. Center Olin Kreutz returned to practice after missing two games with a knee injury.
It counts for 2:
Divisional games kind of count for two wins or losses. The Saints have a chance to go up by two games in the NFC south with a win over Tampa. "We would love to have that, for a lot of reasons we want to have this game, but we never get too comfortable. As fast as you get up, you get knocked right back down to size. We understand the importance of this game," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of this weeks' match up. New Orleans is expecting Tampa's best shot.
Redemption for Tampa:
The Buc's are coming off an embarrassing loss in week 5, 48-3 at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Raheem Morris and the Bucaneers are anxiously awaiting another shot at the field. "I wouldn't say it helps to play the Saints anytime, but to certainly get out there and play. Certainly it's a great challenge and a great team to play based on how they do and always prepare. It's great for us to just get out there again." Tampa is 3 and 2 on the season, and prior to last Sunday... this week 6 match up was supposed to pit the Saints and Bucs against eachother for first place. It still kind of does have that feel to it, but doesn't have the zest that it appeared it might have a week ago. Tampa has split the last four games with New Orleans.