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Friday, October 2, 2009
Saints going without Bell, Clancy and Bushrod

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


New Orleans coach Sean Payton met with the media a little bit ago and said defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, running back Mike Bell and left tackle Jermon Bushrod will be out of Sunday’s game with the Jets.

The Bell situation was not unexpected and the combination of Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas means the Saints are fine at running back. Anthony Hargrove is a solid alternative to Clancy. The injury I’d be most concerned about is Bushrod.

Zach Strief will start in his place. Strief did all right in a fill-in roll at Buffalo, but the Jets are going to be coming after him with a lot of blitzes. The Saints better be prepared to give Strief lots of help.