Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. – Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that receiver Marques Colston might not miss more time than the team’s original diagnosis for his broken clavicle.
Payton said doctors put a small plate onto the fracture to stabilize it and that the receiver wouldn’t be out for more than four weeks.
“I believe that timeline is very realistic,” Payton said.
Colston said he break was a clean one, which will help the bone’s recovery from the injury.
But when it happened with 37 seconds to play in New Orleans’ 42-34 loss to Green Bay, Colston wasn’t thinking about an automatic 10-second runoff on the game clock if the Saints were to need an injury timeout.
“Not the runoff, but I knew the clock was running and we didn’t have any timeouts,” Colston said Wednesday. “Just trying to do whatever I could to help us get a win.”
Colston broke his collarbone when he caught a pass at the Green Bay 18 on New Orleans’ final drive of the game.
“I made the catch and just the impact of coming down, my full body weight on my shoulder, I felt my collarbone snap,” Colston said. “I got up, the clock was running and no timeouts and just tried to continue playing.”
The Saints are comfortable with the receivers they have in-house and Payton said they won’t be bringing in any receivers
“We’ve not reached out to any receivers,” Payton said. “We’re in a position I think where we’re deep enough and we feel real good about the guys we have.”
That starts with receiver Adrian Arrington, a 2008 seventh-round draft pick by the Saints.
He’s a player Payton feels is ready to shine despite seeing action in only two career games. Payton said Arrington’s snap count is expected to rise in the coming weeks.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in his ability whether he’s playing outside or he’s playing in the slot,” Payton said. “He’s very intelligent. He’s a big target. He has been here and knows what we’re doing. The timing and confidence level in him is very high.”