Practice continued in Oxnard, California for the New Orleans Saints as they continued their training camp preparation for Sunday night’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The sessions out west have started speculation that the Saints may start holding more practices in Oxnard, but for now that is just a rumor.
With that, let’s take a look at the important notes from practice on Thursday, August 25.
~ Rookie running back Mark Ingram did return to practice. Linebacker Will Herring returned to camp as well after both players missed the previous two days. Ingram has compression gear on his injured knee.
~ The Saints practiced in just shorts and shoulder pads today which meant no live tackling.
~ Herring started out practice at strongside linebacker with Scott Shanle stepping in at starting weakside.
~ Rookie wide receiver Joe Morgan was not dressed out or practicing today. Another noticeable absence was that of veteran wide receiver Lance Moore.
After practice it was announced that Morgan has a meniscus tear in his knee from Wednesday’s practice and will miss 2-4 weeks. Moore has a groin injury that will keep him out of Sunday night’s game.
~ Running backs running very hard and strong again as Ingram and Pierre Thomas looking good.
~ In an unexpected moment, things got really heated during team drills as a fight broke out between the offense and defense. Lots of pushing and shoving that was quickly broken up, but you can tell both sides of the ball are fired up and wanted to get the upperhand. It started after a run by Darren Sproles and the pile stayed on top of him too long.
~ Safety Roman Harper did walk off the field at one point with two trainers, but appeared to be walking just fine. Jonathan Amaya stepped into his spot with the first-team defense.
After practice, Coach Sean Payton announced that Harper has a finger injury with a small fracture which will probably put him on the shelf for Sunday night’s game. If regular season game, Harper would be playing.
~ The highlight of the day though came from cornerback Patrick Robinson who made a great leaping interception of Drew Brees in the end zone.
~ Garrett Hartley hit on four of six field goals with both misses coming from 43-yards out.
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