Sunday, August 24, 2014
Kenny Stills reaggravates quad injury
By Mike Triplett
INDIANAPOLIS – Receiver Kenny Stills re-injured the quadriceps that has plagued him throughout the preseason during the New Orleans Saints' 23-17 victory over the Indianpolis Colts on Saturday night.
Neither Stills nor coach Sean Payton gave any estimates as to how long he might be sidelined.
“Not much to say. It’s the same injury I was dealing with before,” Stills said briefly on his way out of the locker room.
Stills has now suffered at least two setbacks after originally suffering the injury while working out with quarterback Drew Brees and others during the offseason in San Diego. He first tweaked the quad again on the first practice of training camp. Then he was limited until this past week, missing the first two preseason games.
Stills finished with zero catches on Saturday, though he made a terrific effort when he almost reeled in a deep pass from Brees. The ball was knocked loose by cornerback Darius Butler. It’s possible Stills was injured on that play since he was seen leaving the field soon after.
There were no other known injuries that occurred Saturday. Outside linebacker Junior Galette briefly left the field but returned. The team said he had the wind knocked out of him.
Fellow receiver Brandin Cooks also sat out after battling a stomach virus earlier in the week. Cooks told reporters that he felt better but the coaches decided to hold him out. Brees later mentioned that it will be important for him and Cooks to get some good practice snaps in together during the next two weeks since they still haven’t played in a game yet together.
The good news if Stills isn’t ready by Week 1 is that the Saints have plenty of experienced depth in their receiving corps to lean on with Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Joe Morgan and Nick Toon, along with Cooks.
In fact, Stills’ health status might ensure that the Saints keep all six receivers on the opening-day roster.