Kristian Quick Hits: Colston hobbled as Saints gear up for Skins
by Kristian Garic, email@example.com,posted Sep 6 2012 9:18AM
The Saints initial injury report for the week came with a bit of surprise Wednesday. WR Marques Colston (left foot) did not practice. Coach Aaron Kromer says he expects Colston to return to the field Thursday. LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), LB David Hawthorne (knee), and DB Jabari Greer (sports hernia) were all listed as limited participation. WR Adrian Arrington (knee) was full participation. While it was a bit of surprise about Colston, let's wait before we get nervous about his status for Sunday's season opener against Washington. The really good news was RB Darren Sproles was not even listed on the injury report. Sproles battled a knee injury that kept him out the entire preseason.
The Saints were a pillar of strength for the Gulf South region, and the communities after Hurricane Katrina. The Black and Gold and the Who Dat nation share a special bond that's unlike any city. Coach Aaron Kromer says the players and coaches recognize their role in the community following Hurricane Isaac. "It's an honor to be honest, our leaders on our football team feel like they are a part of the community, and the community feels a part of us. It's just a feel you're doing something for your family member." Kromer also pointed out that the team still has to go out and execute, the raw emotions alone won't produce the win over the Redskins.
Brees holds court:
Saints QB Drew Brees can dazzle at the media podium almost as well as he can dissecting defenses. Brees talked a length about the city of New Orleans and why the bond between the city and its team is so special. The Saints have been in this position before. In 2006 New Orleans hosted the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina wrecked the building. In 2008, the Saints opened the regular season at home following Hurricane Gustav against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both games resulted in wins for the team. Brees says the week 1 contest against Washington is important for a number of reasons. "Going out and playing well, and giving some inspiration to our fan base is important, everything that happened this offseason. When to come out and put our best foot forward and make sure that people know we are unfazed and we're business as usual. Every win counts a lot," Brees said.
Sean Payton has been known to tell the players not to listen to the white noise and don't listen to the elevator music on the way to the top. That advice may be even more important in his absence. The Saints players have a tremendous ability to shut out distractions and play. Most teams would not be able to handle the stormy offseason filled with bounties and suspensions, coupled with a destructive hurricane on the eve of the regular season. This team can handle it. Why? It’s because of leaders like Drew Brees and Zach Strief… along with Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper. Some teams give it lip service to say they are playing for "each other" but when guys on this team say that, they mean it.