Kristian Quick Hits: Saints following Payton plan for week 1
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With assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt beginning his 6 game suspensions, Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer is now leading the Saints through practice, as the team gears up for the season opener Sunday against the Redskins. "Today we went out and had an initial early start, a jump on the Washington Redskins. We had three periods of team and got some first and second down work done. They were playing really fast. We went away for the hurricane, came back and this was a chance to get those guys' legs fresh from camp; and it looked like they were playing very quick today,” Kromer said.
The Saints appear to be pretty healthy. Although the initial injury report will not come out until Wednesday, the only player that did practice Monday was middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle). Lofton later said he will be back on the field this week. "I'll be out there, can't wait. Today was an extra day; it was just another day of rest for us. As of Wednesday I'll be ready to go." Lofton also said he will play Sunday in the season opener at the Superdome.
The Saints elected 5 team captains. On offense QB Drew Brees and offensive lineman Zack Strief will lead the way. Strief was really humbled by the selection from his teammates. "It's 53 good people, hard workers and to be picked out of that group is extremely humbling, and I'm honored to be able to represent this team." Strief has risen from 7th round long shot draft pick to one of the main voices in the locker room. When he talks, the other players listen. On defense, the captains are the two safeties... Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins.
As I mentioned above, LB Curtis Lofton says he's going to be back on the field Wednesday. LB David Hawthorne returned to practice Monday, but stopped short of saying that he'll play against the Skins. "I'm just trying to do anything I can to make sure I am out there on Sunday." Defensive back Jabari Greer also looks like he's ready to go for the opener. "I feel great, I feel good, I feel wonderful," he told me with a smile. Wide receiver Adrian Arrington practiced as well, but looked like he's still working his way back from knee surgery during the preseason. Arrington didn't look like he was moving around too well
Saints GM Mickey Loomis and Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt officially began their respective suspensions Monday morning. Loomis will be back in week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. Vitt returns in the last week of October as the Saints travel to the Denver Broncos on a Sunday night. Remember, it's games not weeks. Vitt has been suspended for 6 games. Loomis has been suspended for 8 games.
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