Friday, November 1, 2013
Saints injuries: Colston sits, Evans returns
By Mike Triplett
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints listed nine players as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, though only two of them were held out of practice Friday -- receiver Marques Colston (knee) and safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee).
Guard Jahri Evans (hip) returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time all week.
Jenkins is in the most jeopardy of missing Sunday's game since he didn't participate in any team or individual drills all week. Colston, however, is also looking highly questionable after being unable to practice Friday.
Colston participated on a limited practice Thursday before being held back Friday. So it's possible they just wanted to give him an extra day of rest. Colston was suited up for practice Friday and stretched with the team but watched from the side during drills open to the media. The Saints have not specified the nature of his knee injury, and Colston has not been made available to the media all week.
If Colston can't go, the Saints still have good depth at the receiver position now that veteran Lance Moore is back, along with Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem and Nick Toon.
Tight end Jimmy Graham should also be a significant part of the Saints' passing attack. He was able to practice all week with the foot injury that limited him last week. And though Graham is still managing the pain of his partially-torn plantar fascia, he said he hopes to play more than the 18 snaps he played last week against the Buffalo Bills.
"I'm not sure really,” Graham said when asked if he'll be on a similar "pitch count.” "Hopefully I'll be able to play more, but that's all on Sean [Payton] and all of our coaches and our doctors and what they think. I personally never want to come out the game ... but I personally don't know."
Graham wouldn't discuss his pain level Friday, saying that's between him and the doctors.
"I know if I'm out there Sunday, I'm going to be full go. I'm going to be out there running,” he said.
Evans also didn't make any definitive statements about whether he'll play, but he said he doesn't feel like the missed practice snaps Wednesday or Thursday would affect him. His goal was just to manage the injury during the week so that he could be ready for Sunday.
Evans is arguably the most important player on the Saints' injury list since depth is a bigger issue at the guard position than elsewhere. His backup, undrafted rookie Tim Lelito, is still a work in progress who struggled when Evans missed a game with a hamstring injury earlier this year.
Also listed as questionable for the Saints after practicing on a limited basis for most of the week are defensive linemen Cameron Jordan (ankle), Tyrunn Walker (knee) and Tom Johnson (hip) and safeties Roman Harper (knee) and Kenny Vaccaro (concussion/back). Harper and Walker just returned to practice this week after long-term injuries, so it's unclear if they will be ready to be activated.