Practice 1/17, Day 11, Training Camp Observations
RB Lynell Hamilton left practice Wednesday with a knee injury that some reports are calling serious. Head Coach Sean Payton said it happened as a “freak deal” and that Hamilton hadn’t been examined yet. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said, however, the team suspects it could be an ACL injury.
RB Reggie Bush returned to practice in the morning after sitting out Tuesday’s afternoon session because of what he deemed to be dehydration and cramps.
WR Rod Harper (left hip) was the only non-PUP player to miss practice Wednesday as the Saints went against the Patriots at New England’s training facilities in suburban Boston.
The PUP players – S Darren Sharper (left knee), WR Robert Meachem (toe) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) – all continued to sit out practice.
Wednesday proved to be a light practice, with the teams going through touch-and-go work during 11-on-11 period.
But there some things that stood out –
- QB Drew Brees threw a pass to TE Jeremy Shockey during some red zone work and it would have been a touchdown had Shockey been able to bring the pass into his hands. But he dropped it.
- Brees, strangely, worked on a drill where on fourth down, he would throw the ball out of bounds purposely despite having a receiver open down the field.
- Pats QB Tom Brady connected with WR Wes Welker in end zone on the sideline, but the official never gave any word as to whether Welker was in bounds or not. Saints DB Randall Gay signaled it was incomplete and Brady mockingly went up to his former teammate to talk trash
- On the first play of team for the second team, Hamilton cut back to get through a hole in the line, but went straight to the ground. He was helped off by trainers and the extent of his injury is unknown.
K Garrett Hartley had a tough day, hitting his first three field goals before missing three straight. He finally hit his final attempt to end on a positive note.
The Saints also worked on a “fire” drill, where a bad snap turns into a two-point attempt. But P Thomas Morstead, who was holding, couldn’t decide after rolling right what to do and threw the ball to no one in particular.
The Saints play the Patriots in both teams’ preseason opener at 6:30 p.m. CST. The game is in New England.