Payton says tests on Greer's knee were negative

Payton says tests on Greer's knee were negative

Credit: The Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (83) carries the ball across the goal line for a touchdown under pressure from New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports Reporter

wwltv.com

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 20 at 4:03 PM

METAIRIE, La. — Saints Head Coach Sean Payton didn’t elaborate on the handful of injuries occurred before or during New Orleans’ 30-24 loss at Baltimore, but did say that test results on cornerback Jabari Greer’s knee came back negative.

Greer was briefly in the locker room Monday during the open media time, but quickly left to go back into the training room and did not talk.

Meanwhile, kick returner Courtney Roby has been cleared by independent doctors and Payton said it’s up to the team now whether he will play again.

Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove was inactive for Sunday’s game with a knee injury and while at first, the team thought he’d be close to ready, a setback Saturday night quashed that thinking.

“I would have said he would have been close and then the night before he had some swelling and some irritation and then the morning of the game we felt like he wasn’t going to go,” Payton said. “He did work out but we held him back.”

Running back Chris Ivory made the trip, but a tweaked hamstring kept him out and he didn’t even work out prior to the Ravens game.

Payton said he thinks the rookie will be closer to ready this week and Ivory agreed. He just didn’t want to come back too quickly.

“I just wasn’t ready, simple as that,” Ivory said. “I don’t think I was ready to get out there and run and open up. I didn’t want the risk the chance of tearing my hamstring and be out for the games ahead of us.”

 

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