Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bush and Leinart sidelined

All indications out of New Orleans are that Reggie Bush will not participate in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Houston Texans. Bush missed two practices this week with swelling in his surgically repaired knee. An MRI revealed no damage, but as a precaution, the Saints will likely continue to give the knee rest rather than take chances. It’s the same knee that sidelined Bush in 2007, but up until this point had given him no problems running full speed in all practice sessions. The Saints’ other knee, Deuce McCallister, will make his preseason debut.

Sedrick Ellis is questionable for Saturday’s game, nursing a sore ankle. Coach Payton, along with Saints players have been singing praises about the rookie from USC. "He has a non-stop motor, looks like the kind of guy who'll be a good friend of the linebackers, just by making their job easier by keeping the offensive linemen occupied", said Linebacker Scott Fujita. New Orleans guard Jamar Nesbit gave his own take. "Sedrick reminds me of someone who could play the game like a Warren Sapp or a Booger McFarland, who played at LSU. Sure, the quickness is there, but I also like the way he uses his hands and the way his hips and feet work in unison. I think it helped having someone who coached in the NFL (Pete Carroll) as his college coach. He's still got plenty to learn, but the way he seems to be soaking up the mental part makes me believe that won't be a problem. I'll be surprised if he doesn't turn out to be a problem for the offense."

The Arizona Cardinals announced that Kurt Warner is the likely starter against the Chiefs on Saturday. Warner, who obviously looked upset about holding a clipboard in the first preaseason game, will have an opportunity to shine against a poor Kansas City secondary, and a team that traded their sack leader to Minnesota. Matt Leinart should have plenty of opportunities in the second half, but let's just give Warner an "A" now.

Drew Radovich suffered a separated shoulder in the Vikings preseason opener last week, and shouldn't make a return until sometime next week. Drew said he's regaining his range of motion and no longer wearing a sling.

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