On the second-to-last play of last night’s game, the Saints drew a pass interference penalty to stay alive for an untimed down. Lost in the chaos: an injury suffered by the team’s top receiver, Marques Colston.
And now Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting, in rather casual fashion, that Colston will be out approximately four weeks with a broken collarbone.
Colston was easily the team’s top receiver last year, amassing 84 catches, 1,043 yards and seven touchdowns. The news that he’ll be out for several weeks is particularly hard on the Saints because the team is still awaiting the return of Lance Moore from a groin injury. Moore was their second-leading receiver in 2010.
Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem are going to have to step up.
In other news this Friday evening…
Players can wear 9/11-themed gear Sunday. The NFL won’t stop Lance Briggs and his peers from wearing special shoes and gloves to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Sunday. The league is usually quite strict when it comes to uniformity in terms of attire, but they didn’t want a messy PR situation by fining players over such a rare and emotional circumstance.
Arian Foster could be in trouble. The league’s leading rusher in 2010 didn’t practice for the third straight day on Friday, meaning a hamstring injury could keep him out of Sunday’s season-opener against the Colts. Even if Foster does play, he’ll likely be severely limited. If he doesn’t play, Derrick Ward and Ben Tate would probably split carries. From a fantasy standpoint, stay away from all three of those guys in Week 1.
I appreciate Plaxico’s candor. Burress made some rather controversial comments in the latest edition of Men’s Journal. Tomlinson relayed the abstract of the story in this morning’s links, but I think his words are worth a full look here:
“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing.’” Burress said of former coach Tom Coughlin, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.”
There’s more. He takes some shots at Eli Manning and even his critical fans, but the above quote is the one that intrigues me the most. How flawed is the belief that the money you make should dictate how you should be treated? And didn’t you waive the right to be treated like an adult the moment you shot yourself with an unlicensed and loaded pistol in a crowded public place? Talk about entitlement. Had Burress spent a little more time with a guy like Coughlin, he might not have landed in such a terrible situation — he might not have missed the birth of his baby daughter while rotting away in prison. And here he is, a free man, and still not seeing things clearly.