Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter

NEW ORLEANS ― New Orleans rookie cornerback Johnny Patrick was injured late in the third quarter of New Orleans' preseason opener against San Francisco.

Patrick left the game with less than a minute to play in the quarter when his right leg was rolled up on at the end of a play.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Patrick likely sprained his right knee.

Payton says trainers 'feel confident about the strength in the joint.'

He attempted to get up and make his way to the sideline, but fell back to the ground.

Trainers helped him off the field and after getting checked on the table behind the bench was carted off the field and into the locker room.

Patrick had three tackles in the game.

He was expected to help give the Saints depth at cornerback with Tracy Porter still rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.

Additionally, Payton said receiver Robert Meachem had a low back strain and running back Joique Bell was held out in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury, though not one the coaches seem concerned with.

Defensive tackle Tom Johnson didn't return after straining his left calf before halftime.

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