by Alejandro de los Rios
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That sound you hear? Oh that's just Marques Colston's knee joints rubbing together since he has no cartilage, ligaments, or muscles left in his legs.
Kidding! (Seriously, could you imagine?)
Colston sat out this morning's practice as a precautionary measure since he had his left knee scoped in the off-season.
Coach Sean Payton had this to say:
We kept him out of the morning workout because he had some inflammation in his knee and they gave him an injection which was just a lubricant that needs 24 hours to calm down. Hell go this afternoon and well monitor him.
Oh we'll monitor him all right.
Other Saints injury news:
- Safety Josh Bullocks and conerback Mike McKenzie started camp on the physically unable to perform list. Tight end Eric Johnson is on the non-football injury list.
- Deuce McCallister, who's 2007 season was cut short because of a knee injury, took regular reps in practice today. Here's what coach Payton had to say: "Hes lost a lot of weight and because of that hes carrying it a little bit better. I was pleased with his conditioning level and the shape he came in in and I think the further we go here well see more and more but he handled the reps pretty well this morning. Ill monitor how much work he gets this afternoon and early on we might just start with morning work and then back off a little bit in the afternoon until we get him to full speed. He got a fair amount [of reps] I dont know if it was the full allotment, but there are six or seven running backs out there. He was full-go this morning and this afternoon well just back off a little bit."
- Newly acquired tight-end Jonathan Vilma was full-go today in practice, though it was with the second-team defense. I can't imagine that he'll be there for long and he said he expects to be a starter when the season starts.
- Several reporters complained about the heat and one guy (me) joked that he'd have heat stroke. Of course, it's not like we were actually doing anything. Well, aside from taking notes, snapping pictures and exchanging not-so-witty comments about how hot it was. So yea, in case you were wondering: football players are way tougher than football reporters.
That's it for now. I'll get back at y'all after the afternoon practice where McCallister will make his first statements of the season.