Around the NFC South: McAllister still sees role with Saints
September, 16, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
A look at the coverage from this morning's local newspapers:
- Deuce McAllister admits he's not the same player he was earlier in his career, but said he thinks he still can play a significant role.
- Safety Lawyer Milloy issued an apology to the team and fans after being charged with driving under the influence. Coach Mike Smith said the matter will be handled internally.
- Rookie left tackle Sam Baker, who left Sunday's game early with a head injury, will be brought along slowly. The team hasn't said if Baker suffered a concussion, but that appears to be a possibility. Veteran Todd Weiner, who is coming off major knee surgery, finished the game in Baker's spot and could get a start this weekend.
- Although Carolina fans are celebrating the team's 2-0 start, general manager Marty Hurney is not. That's not the least bit surprising. Hurney is a worrier by nature. Watching his intensity during a game is almost painful. I've seen him almost wear out a pair of shoes while pacing and he's more than a little superstitious.
One of the more humorous Hurney stories came at a playoff game in the Meadowlands a few years ago. The Panthers were putting the finishing touches on a shutout of the Giants. A reporter friend I'll call "Stan'' picked up his phone and started making a hotel reservation for Chicago the following weekend.
When Hurney heard that, he turned as red as a fire truck and started yelling, "Hang up that phone now. Don't jinx us." To his credit, "Stan'' stayed on the phone and booked the reservation.
- Defensive end Greg White got a new contract. Quarterback Jeff Garcia did not.