Friday, August 27, 2004

Hopefully Injury will Heal Before Fridays Game

New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks tweaked his strained right thigh and hobbled off the field in the second quarter of the Saints' game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.

Brooks, who sat out the Saints' preseason opener because of the strained quadriceps muscle, pulled up while scrambling to avoid defensive lineman Grady Jackson, a former teammate.

Brooks, who was replaced by Todd Bouman, completed 7 of 13 passes for 44 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

On the next series, New Orleans backup running back Aaron Stecker left the game with a neck stinger when he was hit by linebacker Nick Barnett and fumbled.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Saints 23; Jets 13

The New Orleans Saints' third-string quarterback completed 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards as the New Orleans Saints' reserves beat the New York Jets' backups 23-13 Friday night.

Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks was in street clothes on the sideline. He returned to practice this week, but his strained quadriceps was still tender, and team officials did not want to risk further damage. Backup Todd Bouman, who was hobbled by a pulled stomach muscle this week, started.

Bouman struggled, but put the Saints up 7-3 late in the first-quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Pathon. John Carney stretched New Orleans' lead to 10-6 at halftime with a 36-yard field goal.

Bouman completed 9 of 16 passes for 59 yards, one touchdown, one interception and was sacked once.